Updated: May 27, 2020
New Years resolutions can seem a little silly and have a bad reputation for being unattainable. And although having career and wellness goals are extremely important for improvement and growth, I like to focus on small, consistent strategies as well - things that I can implement (for the most part) every day in order to build a better me, habit by habit.
Today, I'm sharing my top 5 New Year resolutions and why I think you should steal these for yourself, too!
1. Wake Up at 6:00 am
I don't know about you, but I NEVER feel good when I'm rushed in the morning. The days that I am most productive and feel my best is when I spend the time easing into my morning. Getting my workout in, taking Sofie on a walk and drinking my Keto Coffee - all of this helps to put my mindset in the right place for the day and getting up at 6am ensures that I can achieve this.
It doesn't have to be 6am for you, but choose a time that allows you to ease into your morning and start your day on the right foot.
2. ACTUALLY Celebrate My Wins
I work extremely hard. And that's a good thing! But while working hard, whether it be on your business or yourself, it's equally important to celebrate your wins. Without giving yourself a pause to reflect and pat yourself on the back when you achieve something, this can lead to burnout very quickly.
I can fall into this trap of not celebrating a win, and a think a lot of us are the same in this manner. For example, maybe you've been working all month on a huge work project and you finally finish it - what do you do? Do you treat yourself to a movie or a dinner at your favorite restaurant in celebration or do you immediately switch gears to the next project? Ensuring that you celebrate your wins in some way helps to keep you refreshed, inspired, motivated and happy.
I'm already planning a big "win" by treating myself and my boyfriend to a mini weekend get-away to celebrate 100,000 youtube subscribers - hopefully soon!!! :)
3. Saying "No" Instead of "Maybe Later"
I read a great rule of thumb recently that said "if you wouldn't say yes to doing something tomorrow, then you shouldn't say yes to doing it a month from now". I find myself doing this a lot - committing to things that I don't really want to do or even have time to do. I don't want to disappoint those around me or feel like I'm not "involved". But this always leaves me feeling a little resentful of myself for agreeing to something when the time comes.
It can be difficult to say "no" at first, but this leaves more time for you to say "yes" to the things you really want to do! Time is precious and it's something that I value above anything else. Spend it doing things you want to do. So say "no" when you catch yourself starting to say "maybe later".
4. Continue to Challenge Myself
Not only in life but also with wellness goals. I've found when I'm stagnant or when I don't have goals is when I am least inspired and excited about life. Challenging yourself helps you to grow and improve while also having a goal to shoot for and therefore direction.
This challenge can be financial, physical, mental, educational - but I've found it's important to keep it to one challenge at a time to make it do-able, too.
Speaking of Challenges... we have the New Year Intermittent Fasting Challenge starting on Monday, January 6th 2020! You can head over HERE for the deets on how to join in!
5. Journal When I Need To
I used to put myself in a position where I felt like I needed to journal every day or I wasn't doing journaling right. This in itself put pressure on me as another thing that I NEED to do. Rather, lately I've been using journaling the way that works best for me - journaling when I need it. In other words, if I'm particularly excited about something or experiencing higher amounts of anxiety - which if you have a tendency to experience anxiety, I HIGHLY recommend journaling when it's at its peak. It ALWAYS improves my anxiety immensely.
I think a lot of us can fall into the trap of seeing all of these "wellness musts" and trying to implement it ALL. But doesn't that kind of reverse the benefit that these suggestions were supposed to help with by adding in more stress? Instead, I'm choosing to use journaling the way it best helps me in 2020.
And of course, this all kicks off with the New Year Intermittent Fasting Challenge starting on Monday, January 6th! Head over HERE to grab the details on how you can join in with thousands of AENpeeps around the world and start feeling GOOD again!
Happy New Year and new decade, my friends!
Autumn Elle Nutrition