Contrary to popular belief, New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be very big in order to have a worthwhile effect on our lives. Trying to commit to an ultra strict diet or a military like exercise regime might only have the effect that we quickly get frustrated, lose motivation and simply give up half way into January.
However, it is undeniable that with the start of a new year we are entering a new cycle, unleashing new aspirations and motivations to lead a healthier and more balanced life. In order to keep that motivation throughout the year, it’s better to start with small resolutions that still produce big outcomes.
That’s why we have created the LaSelva top list of tiny micro changes that will help you start into 2021 full of blooming energy.
- Spend time in nature: Being outdoors and spending time in nature has profound benefits to our mental and physical health and acts like a reset button to our mind. Taking a break in nature improves our memory and cognitive functions, inspires our creativity and boosts our happiness. At the same time exposure to plants strengthens our immune system.
- Get moving: Simply moving your body for at least 30 minutes everyday is one of the biggest health and energy boosters. Going for a walk, taking a yoga class, cycling to work and taking the stairs more often – being physically active will help us be more energized, focused and productive.
- Unplug: Being plugged in all the time, constantly staring at the screens of our cell phones, laptops and televisions, drains our internal batteries leaving us feeling physically exhausted. Taking small breaks, especially whenever we think we don’t have the time for it – reading a book, taking a bath, journaling, painting, cooking or pursuing other hobbies – will recharge our batteries, filling us with more energy and creativity.
- Get enough sleep: Sleeping well and sufficiently has a direct impact on our mood and emotional balance, our energy levels and productivity. Easier said than done, as we all know the feeling of tossing and turning at night or simply switching off the lights way too late. To develop a healthy sleeping rhythm, try to go to bed at the same time each day and schedule this time in your calendar just like any other appointment. Keep the last hour before bedtime screen free reading a book, meditating, listening to music or speaking to your partner and the quality of your sleep will increase. Life is just more fun and enjoyable after a good night’s sleep.
- Say No: We are all just dealt 24 hours each day and it is up to each and every one of us how we spend them. By valuing our time and learning to say no – to people that drain our energy, to the xth series on Netflix, to the yth night out at a bar – we shift our priorities towards the things we actually want to do and achieve. Saying No leaves us with much more time, energy and creativity for what’s important to us.
- Understand the power of compounding: While points 1 to 5 above might seem obvious and even trivial to us, tiny, nearly imperceptible changes can make a huge difference when you factor in time. Any small habit, good or bad, can have a profound impact on our lives over time, even if in the moment it feel like those small things don’t matter much. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
So let’s embrace the energy of this new cycle and start into a recharged and flourishing new year 2021.