Sunday, 11 January 2015

New Beginnings and Fresh Starts
January 11, 2015

New Beginnings and Fresh Starts



Now I'm not a fan of New Year's Resolutions, I think if you want to change something then you don't need a specific date to start. I do however find it a good tool to reflect on your past year and what you think would make next year even better.

I thought long and hard about the achievements I have made during the year that just passed, I also thought about a lot of mistakes. I want to start this new year with good vibes, and so I think the best way to do that is to introduce as many healthy habits as possible.

One of my mistakes last year was that I started to feel better before summer and let go, I stopped many positive habits and didn't make any effort to reintroduce them. I've come to realise that if I feed my stomach, body and mind, junk, then I'm gonna think, talk and feel like, junk. Pretty obvious really but easy to forget.

Now I don't want to be over ambitious, I'm going to be realistic. I've planned to introduce as many healthy habits this New Year that I can think of, knowing full well that I won't be able to keep them. If I manage to keep even one of those habits then it's a success and hopefully it'll benefit my mind, body and thus, me.

So here's my list of healthy habits that I want to reintroduce/introduce into my routine:

  1. Try to eat as healthy as possible. It helps to plan out at least one meal a day that you think is gonna taste scrumptious to look forward to(Nando's Peri Peri Sauce is amazing, not the healthiest but just remember loads of veg!) 
  2. Taking multivitamins, zinc and omega 3 every morning after breakfast. This will help ensure your brain runs smoothly, you don't get ill and that your body stays strong. I know how easy it is to have one off-day and then it's so difficult to muster up the motivation to pick your daily habits. That means less drinking/hangover days too!
  3. Exercise. One of the most obvious and yet probably the most difficult to start. Exercising releases endorphins that make you feel good, not necessarily after the first go though. Takes dedication to feel the effects. I want to exercise everyday but I find that a struggle. Start off slow and do it a couple of times a week, working your way up to more and more often. I've been a part of the Boxing club for a year and a half now and I find that a great way to get rid of stress and motivate me.
  4. Put time aside for Mindfulness and Meditation. This doesn't mean sitting down for hours on end contemplating the meaning of life. This means trying to appreciate the present moment. A good analogy I read was: imagine you're swimming up a river which represents life. Deciding to get out the river, sit on the bank relaxing and observe the river finding the best route to the top, is being mindful. Trying to apply that whilst going about your day, not necessarily taking time out, can help feel more relaxed and calm. A great book to help your understanding of Mindfulness is 'Wherever you go, There you are' by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
  5. Wake up slightly earlier, have a coffee and read a Magazine alone. I hate waking up and routine, however doing something that is nice and gives you time to yourself is something that I can try to look forward to every morning. I find it difficult to enjoy things most of the time, but I notice that when I'm feeling low I crave that sense of being alone. Spending every morning with a bit of time to yourself gives you a small fix of solitude.
  6. Less late nights. Late nights hanging out with friends is inevitable, especially at university. Going to bed at a reasonable most days however is important and keeps your brain happy and less grouchy.
  7. Read before bed. Going to bed after doing something that requires too much concentration of with too much light (TV, computers and phones. Yes it's difficult). If you go to bed after gaming away you're not gonna be able to relax properly when you go to sleep, and that means a bad start for the next morning.
  8. Keeping your room tidy. I always find that my room reflects my mental state. If my room is tidy then I'm doing good. If it's not, then I'm a bit more agitated, anxious and all over the place. If I force myself to keep my room tidy then it'll create a calm environment to come back to sleep in and work in. Can't be anything but positive right?
  9. 20 second rule.  If you see something that can be rearranged, tidied, thrown away or cleaned under 20 seconds then just do it. You'll have a nicer environment to live in :).
That's all from me today. I've been busy with exam revision at university, hopefully I'll be able to get another post in during the next week.

Here's a nice melody from one of my favorite artists to leave you with:




2 comments:

  1. Wow!
    You are a busy person!
    Depression is a tricky thing. I know what might help me, BUT finding the motivation to do it is hard.
    I am finding that the ONE thing that helps, is getting exercise.
    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Peace!

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    1. I find the best way to overcome addictions (had my fair share of those too) and low spirits is to try distract yourself. A lot easier said than done of course.
      I agree, exercise definitely helps the most, shame it's also the most difficult :p. Looking forward to reading some more of your posts :). Cheers for checking my blog out too :)

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