Can you believe January is almost over? Where did the time go? I think we all start the year off with this burst of energy to feel renewed, take up new hobbies, and then somewhere along the way the old routine sets in. We’re a month into a new decade, but how much of that energetic mentality have you kept?
If you have lost track of that burst of speed…here are 20 things to get you back on track for your 2020 goals. Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference over time.
1. Listen to Your Favorite Song- The power of music to take you from one mood to another is unlike any other. It’s an instant mood booster and stress reducer, and it can even improve memory.
2. Fresh Air Above All Else- Get outside, right now. Sitting in an office all day? Do walking meetings. Jump on the bike before work. Invite a friend to go for a 20-minute jaunt around the block. Winter hiking as well is an A+ way to get some fresh air and reset your mindset.
3. Plenty of Sleep- Don’t mess with your sleep schedule. Aim to get 7-8 hours as much as possible, so that you feel energized to take on the rest of the day. And if you’re still tired, listen to your body. Maybe it’s time for a nap or a change of diet.
4. More Greens- Ok the holidays are over, but I too am still guilty of the sweet tooth. But try to get back on the path to eating better now that the new year has settled in. After all, healthy habits are linked to a mood boost.
5. Out with the negativity- Stay busy, surround yourself only with people who are going to boost your mood. Don’t waste time in stressful environments. If you sink your roots into something toxic, you’ll never grow that garden further.
6. Building a Routine- Ok, so many of you know how much I LOVE a good schedule, I live for the routine. But when it comes to starting new habits, healthier outlooks, and a better time managed schedule you need to make sure that you stick to a routine. Scheduling it out in a calendar can help you stick to that.
7. Be Grateful- Life could always be better, it could also always be worse. Be kind to yourself and remind yourself to think of at least one thing you’re grateful for each day to avoid taking the good for granted.
8. Be Kind- Along with that, you never know what battles your friends or loved ones are fighting. If you’re working on being a better person this year, work on empathy. Practice patience and be more vulnerable. Tell someone when they matter, because you don’t know how much that might make their day.
9. New Adventures- Pick a new hobby. Try a new activity, put yourself out there. I went to high tea for the first time the other day with some friends. Super fun, and definitely something I wouldn’t have tried before. Next on my list, to try axe throwing
10. Baby Steps- Making a major life change? Entering a new chapter? Be gracious with yourself. Recognize that baby steps are still steps in the right direction. A mile is the same distance whether you sprint or crawl.
11. Don’t Be Small- My friend, Kait, shared this piece of advice with me the other day. Don’t let anyone or anything dwindle your personality. Don’t hide you are, be proud. Stand tall. You were not made to be small.
12. Get Politically Active- 2020 is an election year, people. Many folks in their twenties, myself included at times, find it easy to stay out of the political sphere. But nothing is going to change, nothing will improve if you don’t give a damn. Read up on your candidates. Make a choice but make it educated. Care about something so that the future generation doesn’t suffer for your lackadaisical attitude.
13. Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Wherever Possible- Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox after this but for the love of god folks you do NOT need a plastic straw. Bring a metal one if you really can’t lift a drink a couple of inches to your face. Along with that, say no plastic forks and spoons. Bring your own. I have some! And one more thing—dude please stop with the plastic water bottles. Buy yourself a $20 Camelback or another reusable water bottle. You’ll not only save money, but it helps the environment and you’ll probably end up drinking more with that anyways.
14. Patience is a Virtue- Change doesn’t happen overnight. Practice patience with yourself and recognize that time heals all wounds. You can build, rebuild, or start all over and be just fine.
15. Read More- Pick up at least one book this year that captivates you. Learning is forever and reading opens the door to limitless new ideas. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, we could all stand to put down the screen and pick up a book.
16. Clean Up- A clean space will keep you happier and keep your mood in check. Try to tidy up at least once a week to give you a sound mind.
17. No More Excuses- Yes, you’re tired. Yes, you had a hard day. Give yourself a break, but only to an extent. Don’t let a break become an excuse. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with a pocket full of empty promises.
18. Put it Up to Fate- Whether you’re religious, spiritual, or nothing at all…just know that you’re right where you should be. Everything has a way of working out. Whether or not you understand that reasoning now, clarity will resonate with you eventually.
19. Pick a Podcast- What have you always wanted to learn more about? What interests you? Listen to a podcast on your way to work, at work, or in the shower. Never stop learning.
20. And lastly, remember to smile more. It actually induces happiness. Sometimes, the simplest things can cure.
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