And, just like that, 2018 is here. New Year Resolutions get a bad wrap, and while I have played around with linguistics, in the past, I stand on the sideline for resolutions. Anything that builds motivation and feels fresh is something I like getting into. Some years are more ambitious than others, but I always start the year with an intention and focus.
It occurred to me, when I was journaling about my New Year Resolutions, this is the first year I do not write “finish PhD” as a goal for my new year.
Whatever you want in your mix, major life goals or small focal points, or to take better care of yourself, or boost up some self love, write something down to satisfy your craving! A friend of mine even includes a theme for her year.
Here are some ideas to help you get started (as you may infer, I’m practically the conductor on my own self-love train for 2018).
Be kind to yourself with the thoughts you let yourself think about you.
Commit to a set bed time and routine.
Stock healthy snacks, including slicing up the veggies when bringing home to have ready-to-crunch goodies on hand, at all times.
Clean up after yourself, daily! You’ll feel better when your entire personal spaces are clean, tidy, and shiny. This includes home, car, desk, etc.
Gratitude. Create a journal dedicated to expressing your gratitude for that which is good. Last year, I had a fun day planner I used to record my daily thoughts. Two years ago, and this year, I will write on scraps of paper to go into a gratitude box I will read on New Year’s Day 2019.
Community impact. Find a cause you can contribute to, and volunteer a minimum number of hours per month. Your community needs it, and you will feel better for it.
Social media breaks! I’m thinking about taking one day a week away from all social media.
More baths, at home facials, massages, and other pampering activities fir yourself.
Eliminate toxins from your life. This includes any excessive wine down Wednesdays, household cleaners, and toxic friendships.
I firmly believe in you do you, so let me know, what are you doing, now that we’ve passed New Year’s Eve?