I am still finding it a little bit hard to believe that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. In some ways this year has flown by, and looking back I am a little amazed at all that I have achieved, and I am honestly really proud of where I have gotten myself over the last 12 months. I am hoping that next year will be another good one, and that I will be able to make some positive changes to my day-to-day life that will make a big difference to my health and wellbeing. This desire to make some positive changes has motivated me to sit down and have a real think about my resolutions for the coming year, and in the end I have ended up with the following 5 resolutions.
Resolution 1: Meditate daily
Earlier this year I started using a mobile app called Headspace, which is a mindfulness meditation app which is meant to encourage daily meditation to improve mental health. I did manage to use the app almost daily for about 2 months, and I do believe that it really did help. Unfortunately I have really dropped the ball in the past month, and have gone days at a time without even thinking of meditating. My aim for 2015 is to try and meditate every single day, with the hope that by the end of the year it will have become a habit, something that I don’t have to actively try and remember to do.
Resolution 2: Exercise 5 times a week
During the recent examination period, I started exercising on almost a daily basis as a way of escaping study for periods of time, and it really helped me to feel better, both physically and mentally. I have been told by a number of wonderful people I really trust that exercise is one of the most effective ways of fighting depression, and next year I want to make the effort to make exercise an even more regular part of my day to day life. My aim is to try and get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. It doesn’t always have to be intense exercise like kickboxing or a workout at the gym – a brisk half hour walk singing along to my favourite music is enough to do me wonders.
Resolution 3: Eat even better
I have had a relatively healthy diet for a number of years, but I don’t think there are ways I could improve, and I am going to try and enact some of those changes this year. I am going to try and decrease the amount of chocolate and sugary things I eat, and try and improve my snacking habits so that they become a lot healthier. I am always, always hungry, so I want to try and get better at always having healthy snacking options, so that I have something other than brownies and chocolate to reach for when I get ravenously hungry and 3:30 in the afternoon.
Resolution 4: Be more social
The last year was really hard for me in some ways, and I have realised on recollection that I wish I had spent more time socialising and catching up with my friends. I feel like I have lost contact with some of my closest friends, for a number of different reasons, so in 2015 I am going to make a real effort to organise to do things with all of those people who mean so much to me. I am hoping I will be able to combine this resolution with resolution number 2, and get some of my friends to join different exercise classes with me in the New Year. I have a friend who is excited to come to kickboxing with me, and another who is interested in joining a swing dancing class with me, which I am really excited about!
Resolution 5: Blog
I have really loved following my favourite blogs and vlogs over the last year, and I always get so excited when I realise one of my favourite bloggers has a new post out. My aim for 2015 is to post once a week, and I have already sat down and written out a list of some of the blogs I would like to write. I think blogging could become a really good creative outlet for me, and I am hoping that this new resolution will help to inspire me to really get into the habit of writing on a regular basis.
Well, I think that’s it! I think these resolutions are reasonable – most of them involve me improving on habits I already have, and the blogging one is really the only one that will having me starting something from scratch. I think 2015 has the potential to be an incredible year, and hopefully these resolutions will set me on the right path. I hope you have a wonderful New Year, and that your first few weeks with your new resolutions, whatever they might be, go well. I’ll see you in 2015!