You’re probably just about sick of hearing ‘New Year, New Me’ by this point. However, there’s no denying the start of a new year is a great time to evaluate your life.
Whether it be your diet, your work life, your exercise regime or even your organisation. Now is the time to reflect on the previous year and work on your personal development.
And it doesn’t just have to be diet related either. Too often our resolutions are solely focused on losing weight, cutting out chocolate or promising to eat breakfast from now on.
10 Positive Lifestyle Changes for A Motivated 2016
Whilst these are all solid changes to make to your life, why not think outside the box and try to push yourself in other directions this year?
Take a look at our 10 positive lifestyle changes you can make for a motivated 2016!
1. Learn A New Skill
We spend our years as youths constantly learning and being educated, only for it all to come to a quiet end once we have graduated from college or university.
Why stop learning?
Make it your resolution to try and pick up a new skill, or at least start learning one! Try a new language, head to a cooking class or take a course in a completely new subject that interests you.
It will exercise your brain and it might just refresh how you feel about the future. Who knows, it may even take you in a new career direction.
2. Get Seriously Organised
A tidy life is a tidy mind, and we couldn’t agree more. Living among physical clutter can sometimes affect how you feel mentally.
Make it your goal to spend a day in January clearing out your home, getting rid of junk and shred up old documents that you no longer need. It’s amazing how it can free your mind and give you a positive feeling.
Pick up a few ring binders and storage boxes to neatly organize your belongings and bills to maintain year round tidiness. Check out these ideas on Pinterest for some organisational inspiration!
3. Go Somewhere New
The same routine can get stale and uninspiring so make it your goal to explore as many new places as your annual leave can allow you this year!
Go and see more of your own country on weekends, and use bank holidays to take a city break. Although it may seem like a lot of effort and expense, you don’t have to break the bank and you’ll be thankful in the long run. Travel feeds the mind and is good for the soul.
It’s incredible how often we overlook our own surroundings in favor for the far away, but fun travel can be right on your doorstep.
4. Drink More Water
Easy to do yet so many of us are dehydrated and don’t drink nearly enough water as we should and it can have damaging effects on your mind and motivation.
Not only does it keep your organs ticking over nicely, it’s great for clearing up your skin and increasing your concentration levels.
Try adding lemon for even more health benefits, it’s also worth investing in a good quality sports bottle for on-the-go to stop you reaching for the usual Starbucks on your daily commute!
5. Read More Books
We are so consumed by technology these days (which is great, don’t get us wrong) but sometimes it’s nice to stop and zone out for a while. Get lost in a good book and forget about the world around you for an evening. Set a goal of a book a month to try and motivate you!
6. Take up Pilates
Why not start a weekly class in Pilates or yoga?
It’s a great way to keep fit but also a relaxing form of meditation. Allowing you to zone out and clear your mind. A weekly class is much cheaper than a full gym membership, and it’s a good overall workout for your body.
With a focus on strengthening your core, it also works out your legs, glutes and stabilizes your back. It can be a particularly good activity for those with bad back problems.
7. Get More Sleep
So whilst you want to be exploring new places, and getting stuck into new skills, it’s super important to have a solid sleeping routine.
With our increasingly busy lives we often don’t get nearly enough sleep as we should which can have a major impact on our general mood and daily motivation.
Switch off from technology at least an hour before you head to sleep. This enables your brain to wind down before you try and get a good eight hours.
You’ll feel much more refreshed and ready to attack the day! And who knows, you might even start cutting that daily coffee out as caffeine will no longer be needed!
8. Ditch the Car
Many of us start our mornings with a quick shower, breakfast and then straight into the car and off to work.
If you live within a reasonable walking distance to work, why not use those legs and start saving both money and the environment. Perhaps start walking to work twice a week and gradually build it up.
It’s a great exercise to get your blood pumping and mind ticking in the morning, you’ll feel much more alive and ready for work by time you get to your desk.
9. Catch up with Old Friends
As we get older, our previously flourishing circle of friends gets smaller and smaller until you start to actually question who your friends even are anymore.
It’s natural after we’ve progressed from education into a full time job to lose contact of some of our friends. But try and make this the year you arrange a meetup or just a quick drink.
A laugh about old times can really boost your mood, plus who knows what opportunities might arise.
10. Focus on your Happiness
Ever feel like you’re always pleasing others and trying to maintain everyone’s happiness but yours?
It’s natural for us to want to boost the happiness of our family and the closest ones to us, but try and focus more efforts into your own happiness.
What will make you happy?
Ask yourself this and how you can achieve what you really want.
Let’s have a quick recap on the 10 positive changes you need to make in order to have a motivated 2016:
- Learn a new skill
- Get seriously organized
- Go somewhere new
- Drink more water
- Read more books
- Take up Pilates
- Get more sleep
- Ditch the car
- Catch up with old friends
- Focus on your happiness
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions or positive lifestyle changes you wish to make? Leave a comment below.