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The New Year often signals new resolutions with a long list of plans to be fitter, thinner, happier, kinder and everything else that we tell ourselves we haven’t been for the past 12 months. Often these plans can be overwhelming and doomed to fail before they’ve even begun. Hungover, with a week’s worth of turkey and cheese still in digestion makes it hard to feel motivated to do much more than climb under the duvet with a boxset. So that’s why this year, we’ve decided to focus on much simpler ways to make changes and get motivated for a brand new year. All are designed to provide simple, easy tips for getting motivated and back into the ‘you got this’ zone ready for 2015.
Read on to find out more….
1. Read something inspiring
One of the simplest ways to get motivated to hit your goals in 2015 is to learn how someone else hit theirs. Reading the stories of successful, inspiring or powerful people often gives us a new perspective or the motivation needed to take on a challenge and overcome it. It helps us to see new ways to approach things in work and in life, and also shows us that anything is possible if we just set our mind to it. For the business minded, books like these ones from successful women such as Sophie Amoruso, Zoe Griffin and Karren Brady, can be a great source of inspiration. Others such as Fearless from Arianna Huffington (the original queen of Blogging) which you can buy fairly cheaply on Amazon, are refreshing and uplifting, helping you to enter the new year full of passion and the desire to succeed.
2. Create a date to look forward to
The reason why so many of us experience the ‘January blues’ is because there’s a distinct lack of things to look forward to. Holidays are still far enough away, that we can’t smell the sangria and exciting dates such as Christmas Day and New Years Eve are long behind us. How to overcome it? Create your own date throughout the mid or end of January to look forward to. If you can afford it, book in a long, relaxing spa day with your best friend. If you can’t, then why not arrange a girls night in with wine and chick flicks, a Sunday dinner with family or even just a morning of window shopping and coffee shops to enjoy alone? It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, but by starting to plan exciting things to look forward to, you’ll feel much more motivated and ready for the new year ahead.
3. Start a daily stretching routine
Christmas often signals a week of long lazy days, where the most activity you do is reaching for another Celebration. Trying to force yourself back into exercise can then become a daunting task, which is what causes many to give up on their ‘daily run’ resolution before they’ve even begun. Instead of going from 0 to new gym membership in two days, start small. A fifteen minute full body stretch routine can be all you need to iron out the kinks and get you feeling active and more toned. Nike Training Club is a great free app which offers many routines that you can add your own music to and Youtube is another great source for free, easy stretches that you can do at home to help you feel refreshed and ready for action.
4. Learn to stay present
Learning to stay present, through mindfulness, is one of the best (and simplest) ways to reduce anxiety, stress and feel good about yourself. Daily stresses such as work, money, war, the news and social media can all mean that we end up living ‘inside our heads’ rather than our bodies, which is defined best in this passage from the NHS website:
“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour. An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.”
Mindfulness helps us to reorganise they way our minds work, helping us to see thoughts and observe them objectively, which removes their ‘power’ and ability to spiral out of control and take over our lives, as anyone who has experienced anxiety or any other form of mentally debilitating condition will know well. There are many apps and online sources available to help and if you struggle with excessive worrying or anxiety then this could be one of the simplest and most positive changes you could make this year to help yourself feel better and regain control. Try apps such as Headspace to get started.
5. Have a Winter clean out
Now that you have a range of new and exciting Christmas goodies, clear out your old ones to make way for the new and ensure that you don’t go into the new year feeling cluttered. As well as a physical clear out, ensure you spring clean your social media feeds, getting rid of any negative presences and ensuring that you leave enough room to catch up and read updates from the people you really care about. If there was anyone who drained more than they gave to you in 2014, this will ensure that they don’t do the same in 2015.
6. Change one food habit
A mistake many make for the new year is to adopt a drastic (and unrealistic) new diet plan, that soon fails once the new years eve after-effects kick in. Rather than clearing out your cupboards of chocolate and stocking it with spinach, try just changing one single food habit at a time. It may be that you want to commit to always eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast to set you up for the day. Stock up on a range of healthy options such as non-fat, pure Greek yoghurt with fruit, oats and honey or tomatoes and wholegrain toast and make sure you commit a time to sitting down and eating it, every single morning. Before you know it, this new habit will have become ingrained in your everyday life and will no longer feel like a ‘chore’ or a ‘diet’, which will leave room for you to then change the next bad meal or treat you want to quit, one habit at a time.
How are you planning to get motivated and have a great 2015? Are there any super simple changes you’re planning to make? Comment below and let us know!
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Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.
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