For as long as I can remember I've set myself New Years Resolutions and it's always fun to look back and see what I achieved and what was unrealistic. For years I had 'get abs' on my list and after three years of me choosing cake over gym that one got booted off the list for being too unrealistic. Some might say what's the point of using the new year as an excuse to set goals, and although I do see your point, you can set goals whenever you like, I love this time of year when everyone switches off and it seems like the perfect time to reflect and plan. I'm pretty happy with my goals this year as I've set myself (hopefully) realistic ones that I know will aid my 2017.
FOCUS ON DE-STRESSING
The most important resolution on my list. After putting too much on my plate and not stopping to realise until it was too late. Before I knew it I was having a mental breakdown in the middle of Topshop (over something so minor that was merely a trigger not the actual factor) I realised it was time to focus more on what I was doing rather than trying to do 100 things at once, all in one go. I was so stressed out, having little time to think that I didn't even realise how anxious I was because I was too busy rushing around. There are so many factors I'm going to try and incorporate into my routine as a form of de-stressing but one of them is...
SPEND MORE DEDICATED TIME OUTDOORS
There's one thing that always solves everything for me and that's being outdoors. I could be in the most foul mood, ill or upset and a simple walk will act as a reset button. Some days I think I don't have enough time to dedicate for a long walk but this year I'm making it a top priority.
STOP WORK AT 8PM
I'm so guilty of working late hours and yet I'm grateful at the same time because I love my job I'm happy to work until bedtime but at the same time, I realise how unhealthy it is to go straight from your laptop into bed without having any down time. I've set a 'stop working' alarm at 8pm to remind me to close the laptop and open a book or do some cooking, something that has nothing to do with my laptop so my brain can get a mini break and I can wind down.
START SAYING NO
This is something I started to learn towards the end of the year. I'm guilty of overcommitting myself and saying yes to too many exciting things without thinking when really I should be looking at my calendar and asking myself if I can fit it in or if I'm merely doing it as a favour rather than actually wanting to do it or if it's beneficial.
DRINK MORE WATER
A majjjjjor boring one, I know but it's so relevant in my case. I'm writing this at 4:08pm and I've had less than one glass of water today. Isn't that ridiculous?! I know! Awful! Again, I've set an alarm on my phone to remind myself at intervals throughout the day to GET DRINKING!
What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments as I would love to hear and get inspired!