We don't know about you, but we're feeling 22!
To bring in the New Year, we must first remember the year that was (if you dare). 2021 was a big year, but it has been THE year for self-discovery and self-love. It made us appreciate our loved ones even more and showed us how important listening to our mental state is.
After months of having to stay home, we had the opportunity to pause the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and slowly learnt how to take in and enjoy the little things. Things we never had the time to do before like going for long walks and discovering the local area, cooking and heck, even painting! For mums and dads, perhaps it was spending time at home with the kids or taking on the role of teacher.
Ringing in the New Year is a reminder to hold on to the new habits learnt (the good ones of course) while also setting goals to take on the year! But don’t be hard on yourself if you didn't achieve all your resolutions this year - you're only human and 2021 has been particularly challenging!
We have devised the top 3 New Year’s resolution ideas to help you start 2022 with a bang! Take them as they are, or weave them into your own list, the choice is yours!
1. Self Love Club
Self love can mean different things to different people. To some, it means lighting a candle and taking a long, hot bath after a day's work. To others, it’s ordering the truffle fries with dinner because ‘we deserve it’. Whatever it means to you, self love encompasses all things relationships, health, fitness and wellbeing. It’s the starting point that requires us to shift our focus inward and work on becoming better versions of ourselves.
Transforming the concept of self-love into an action that you can be accountable for can be tricky. But it can start small, such as setting daily habits like waking up with purpose or making the bed. Then you can move to focusing on a healthier diet or signing up to a gym class. Or it can be as simple as shutting your laptop at 5 PM on the dot to enjoy a nice walk in the summer sun. Whatever it is, it begins with self love!
2. Just Do It! (Thanks Nike)
To quote Nike’s famous tagline, ‘Just Do It’, it’s a saying that can come across as inspirational or somewhat aggressive. However you take it, it’s a simple line to live by that will stop you procrastinating and and get you moving.
If you want something, just do it! If you want to get fit, or ask the postman out on a date, we won’t judge. JUST DO IT. We’ve had a year of not being allowed to do so many of the things we wanted to do and it’s time to reclaim that by pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones! If you want to go camping, meet new people, ask for that promotion or have pancakes for dinner, JUST DO IT!
3. Make the Switch!
‘My New Year's Resolution is to be fit and healthy’ - This is a line we tell ourselves all too often (guilty). It’s a cliche that many of us are guilty of setting at the start of the year but after the summer holidays are over, it’s easy to fall back into old habits.
Well, this year will be different. With a new mindset and appreciation for how short and beautiful life really is, setting small habits to introduce into your daily routine doesn’t seem as far-fetched after all. And we say small habits because it’s the little things that make a huge difference.
Starting small allows us to turn little actions into habits. If it’s waking up and going for a walk or run before you start your day instead of scrolling TikTok, or subbing the sausage roll and can of Coke for a salad and juice instead. Switching out these little things and making small changes will have a dramatic effect on your health not just physically but mentally. You’ll feel stronger, have more energy, be more confident and able to focus more. Don’t contemplate it, just switch it and you’ll thank us later!
Now with that all said and done, we want to know… What do you want to achieve next year?