Updated: Jan 3, 2020
The celebrations are over, the weather is dreary and you're left with no money, a hangover and a bloated belly from all the turkey and chocolates you have been overindulging in. This can leave a lot of people feeling deflated and depressed (click here to find out more about the January blues), I myself have been guilty of wallowing in self-
pity during the months following but this year I'm not going to let that happen, it's time to start this new and exciting year of change off right! Set the tone for the rest of the year by having a healthy, productive and happy first month with these tips:
Set yourself realistic goals -
According to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, so it is important to set yourself manageable goals that you can realistically achieve within a given timeframe. You can do this by creating an action plan for yourself to help you stay on track, for each milestone and goal achieved your confidence will be boosted and this will encourage you to keep going. That little dopamine rush every time you reach a goal is addictive and works wonders for your confidence.
Don't burn yourself out -
It's easy to get carried away on a 'new year, new me' rampage but if you work yourself too hard then after a couple of weeks you will be left feeling completely zapped of energy and overwhelmed. This isn't productive and it's also exactly what happened to me when I first started my blog so learn from my mistakes and take your time. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.
Make time for self-care -
I cannot stress enough the importance of this. As mums, we are notorious for neglecting our own self-care because we are too busy taking care of our babies and this lack of self-love mixed with sleep deprivation often leads to ill mental health. Make sure you find time to yourself even if it's just five minutes a day, practice some medication, try a little yoga, paint your nails, read a book, anything to take your mind out of mom mode for a few minutes. Give your mind a break.
Make healthy choices - It's no secret that the food we put into our bodies has a big effect on our physical and mental well being and that's why it's important to choose wisely. For example, rather than a sugary breakfast cereal opt for a piece of fruit and some toast, you don't need to subdue yourself to a strict diet to be healthy.
Think positively -
When you face a difficult, stressful or upsetting situation it's easy to withdraw into yourself but you mustn't. Instead, take a few moments alone to stop and properly think through and access the situation with a more clear mind. This can be difficult at first as we have to fight the natural urge to let our emotions rule us so if you need to have a good cry, scream into a pillow, whatever you need to do to help you process the information. A positive outlook on life can move mountains.
Follow these simple steps and you will be heading into the new year with a new outlook on life and an invaluable can-do attitude that will stay with you throughout the year, making 2020 your most successful year yet!