With a new year upon us, here are some simple positive changes you can make to your life right now that can help you focus on clearing your mind and putting your health and wellness first.
De-cluttering can come with positive benefits. Not only is reorganizing an excellent way to focus and to uplift your mood, but it can also make you do some good in the process. For example, delete your emails, go through your closet and donate your unworn clothes, and throw out that expired food that's been in your fridge for months. De-cluttering will not only help clear up space in your home, but it will give your mind some clarity as well.
Carve out some time to exercise every day
It doesn't have to be an intense full-body workout. For example, carving out thirty minutes to walk outside or dancing in your living room can help your mindset.
Try to find something you enjoy.
Start a New Hobby
Try a new hobby that will help reduce stress and relax you. For example, try building, cooking, art or writing something in your spare time.
Turn off your phone by a certain time in the evening
The blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle and keeps you alert, which isn't helpful when trying to sleep.
It's time to turn off your phone 30 minutes to an hour before bed to help your brain relax and mentally prepare for a good night's rest.
Set a sleep schedule
Creating a bedtime routine of going to bed and waking up at a certain time can reduce stress and improve your mood, think more clearly, reduce the risk of heart disease and do better in school and at work.
Shut out the negative voices
You can start shutting out negative voices by changing your language and how you talk to yourself. Instead of worrying about past mistakes, try to focus on how you can make a positive impact now.
Remind yourself that you are good enough and capable of tackling anything. Start practicing self-love today.
Don't be afraid to say no
Accepting to take on extra work or doing something you don't want to do can reduce your productivity and negatively impact you in the long run. So whatever you're feeling at that moment, don't be afraid to say how you feel or think about it before giving a set answer.
Try saying no without feeling guilty, because whatever you choose is the best answer at the moment.
Try implementing these into your life today. You'll be surprised at how it impacts you every day.