A brand new year means it’s time to start making resolutions! While many people make promises to themselves that focus on one aspect of their lives, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, I think it is important to take a more holistic approach. One unhealthy habit is fueled by another, so if you don’t make a change at the root of your problems, it’s difficult to reach your goals. If you want the changes you make in 2017 to have a lasting effect, take a look at these seven mindful New Year’s resolutions.
Practice Social Wellness
As your holiday get-togethers have probably demonstrated to you, you do not live life in a social vacuum. Your relationships depend on your continued attention to flourish into meaningful shared experiences, so take a moment to evaluate the health of your social connections. If you find that any aspect of your social life to be lacking, then take steps to work on the problem area. Actions you can take include working on communication skills, increasing one-on-one time with friends or family, and trying new ways to forge emotional intimacy.
Part of achieving social wellness is setting healthy boundaries with friends, family, and work associates. I’ve found that when boundaries become blurred, dependency and co-dependency can more easily arise. Ask yourself where your life might benefit from a little distance by taking an honest look at your relationships. Does a friend or family member rely too much on your help or advice, so much so that it’s affecting how you live your life? Is your work life bleeding over into your personal life? If you answered yes, it’s time to be intentional and communicate your need for boundaries.
Achieve Work-Life Balance
We have a psychological need to compartmentalize our work and personal lives. Without a proper barrier between our career goals and our recreational, spiritual lives, we cannot give each the focused attention it deserves. If your personal time is being invaded by work requests (or vice versa), you need to communicate with the person or people causing the disruption. Both personal and professional aspirations have their time and place. Demarcate where one ends and the other begins to nourish each to its fullest.
Live in the Present
Once you set the appropriate boundaries between work and play, you can begin to live fully in the present. Living in the moment is essential to mindfulness, because it allows us to feel and experience life as it comes, and not with worry for the future or regret for the past. While planning for the future and reflecting on the past are a necessary part of modern life, in my experience, they can also cloud the present. The key is, again, setting boundaries. Don’t allow doubt to creep into the experiences that make life meaningful.
Take Time for Self-Care
Every so often, I find myself so engrossed in my work that I can’t stop. When that happens, I may forget to eat or I might not sleep as well as I should. This is when I know it’s time to take better care of myself. If you’re not in the habit of taking time to recharge your batteries, this year is the year to start. You’ll notice that once you make a concerted effort to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health, you’ll have more energy, you’ll be happier, and you will be able to achieve more.
Practice Healthy Eating Habits
So much of the food that is available today is filled with additives and processed practically beyond recognition. A diet based in plants and whole foods, however, offers an alternative that is good for you (not to mention tasty). Switching your diet to one that is plant-based is one of the most important changes that you can make this year for your health. You can find more information on what it is here.
Living a bold life is more than just a feeling. It is a paradigm shift. Over my career as a life coach and mentor, I’ve developed a proven system for living a bold and balanced life. In this program, you will learn techniques for self-discovery, creating a vision, taking action steps and holding yourself accountable, and enabling and solidifying your new habits. If you are a professional woman who needs help determining the next step in your career, who needs help getting organized, who needs guidance in making dietary changes stick, or who needs advice on setting boundaries, my Live Balanced and Bold program is right for you.
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