Spend time outdoors daily
Rain or shine, go outside! We promise you won’t regret it. Even if you are super busy all you need is 10 minutes. Go for a stroll, a run, a bike ride, whatever you like, just try your best to make this part of your daily routine. Spending time outside in nature can have such a positive impact on your mental health, improving your mood, reducing feelings of stress, allowing you to feel more relaxed, all whilst improving your physical health and confidence.
Create a self-care list
Grab yourself a pen and paper (or even write it on your phone) and create a list of things that bring you joy. No matter how big or small, write it down. This can be anything from reading a chapter of your favourite book to facetiming a friend to getting a good long night’s sleep and will of course differ from person to person. Having these written down makes it a great source to come back to when you are feeling a little lost or perhaps having a down day or just fancy giving yourself some extra love and need an idea of how to give yourself a little pick-me-up.
Limit news and social media use
With so much going on it is of course important to stay informed but we recommend limiting your news and social media consumption as much as possible. It is likely to be repetitive and often not the most uplifting platform to dedicate your time to. Taking a step back from reading the news and using social media is a particularly useful idea if you are feeling overwhelmed with everything that is going on in our world right now. Maybe try turning your notifications off on your phone, even if this is only for a couple of hours a day. This way, you can have a completely uninterrupted part of your day without having to worry about what is going on in the world and the digital universe.
Find yourself a notebook and make it part of your weekly routine to write down 3 things you feel grateful for. This doesn’t have to be an activity you do every single day, but whenever it works for you, take the time to sit down and reflect on the little things. This is something you can continue to build on and read back, so if you are having a period of sadness you can look back on your journal and reflect on your pieces of joy throughout the year.
Be kind to yourself
Always. We are often our own worst critic, but we must remember to be a little kinder to ourselves this year and every year after. Look back on how far you’ve come, as there was most definitely a time you were wishing you were where you are now. Give yourself a break, rest, relax, do what makes you happy and remember to be kind to yourself (and others of course 😉).
What ideas have you found helpful to transition into the New Year with ease?