Alright, it’s that time of year where we gotta start “changing” ourselves for the new year. Repetitive resolutions year after year, “…get a higher GPA, loose weight, stop eating so much, make my cat hate me less, fight a bear with a pool noodle and win…etc.”
Anyways, we all have that burden lingering whether or not we know it. However, this year lets actually make a difference. Start with the little things, they add up and make it one big thing.
1. Organize, Organize O.R.G.A.N.I.Z.E.
If you’re a train wreck more or less any time of the day, get it together and get organized. How may you ask? Well, whether Android or Apple or some other phone Google provides an amazing calendar and note keeping app. Google calendar can be viewed in a day, week, month, the month with agenda or yearly format. You can even add tasks and such, apply reminders and fun stuff like that. If you don’t already have it, you’re welcome. If you do and you’re still unorganized, let’s hope the Google Keep app will help you. Google Keep is a list making app that can be color coded, shared with people, with reminders and alarms. It’s pretty cool. Now let’s hope it helps you get your ducks in a row.
2. Eat better
Can I just say, I love food. I can eat like a cow with 8 stomachs and I’ve eaten people under the bus before. We all have that “shed some pounds” bullshit added to our list. Scratch it off. Losing pounds isn’t the way to look at it. Eating better is the way to look at it. Whether you’ve got dietary restrictions or a thyroid problem, there are great alternatives to help you ‘shave’ it off. Well, it’s more like not even adding it into your body. Enjoy your meals but think smart, think, have I eaten crap for lunch? If yes, then eat something that isn’t deep fried or covered in salt or sugar. Skip that and go with a not so lame sandwich. (Pinterest has a butt load of healthy recipes). (P.S. Drink LOTS of water.)
3. Moving Your Butt – Daily
They say 20 minutes a day of exercise is the right amount needed to keep you healthy. L.I.E.S… Well, okay not entirely. You can still do that, but it’s not that effective. Stretch in the morning and before bed helps significantly. It will help you reduce stress and relax the muscles. It’s a great way to start and end the day. If that’s not enough, commit to a gym membership or start a new sport. Usually, an hour’s long workout keeps you and your heart healthy. I’m currently training Brazilian Jujitsu, 2-4 times a week for about an hour a day. Keeps my butt in shape and my mind clear.
6. Relax Mentally
Each year as you get older and wiser, we look back and wonder, think, regret and reminisce. Scrap it. If you’re going to think about something, think about your future, but never remember what the past has brought you to. Take 5-10 minutes a day to have “me” time. Watch a cat video, read a book or go for a short walk, heck! Meditate if that’s what floats your boat! This “me” time should not be the same time as your daily stretching. Keep them separate!
Lastly, if you can commit to your bad habits (whatever they may be) you can commit to these small little changes. Take advantage of the great and new innovative things like technology and power food enriched meals. Commit to your plans, friendships and relationships. I’m no doctor Phil but maintaining a healthy friendship, and relationship with family and friends is obviously healthy.
It may turn out to be the same “resolution that I’ll just be scraping later” but let’s just ty. Make this the year, be the change and do good. Because no matter what part of your life you’re in, good or bad there is ALWAYS a light at the end of the tunnel.
Inspire, be inspired, sparkle, flair and be fabulous. Screw anyone else who says otherwise.