As the year begins its time to get off the fence and start to do something differently that you haven’t done before.
Remember insanity is –
“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein.
Make the finish line by changing your ways
So Below you will find a few ideas to start changing your life;
1. Get moving.
Committing to an hourlong daily gym routine or workout class can be overwhelming. It doesn’t work with our schedule; there are more important things that can’t be skipped. Try one of the most popular workout apps with more than 2 million downloads, 7 Minute Workout. It offers 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized and modified to create more than 1,000 variations.
2. Try yoga.
Yoga has long been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve overall well-being, but a survey conducted last year found that people who do yoga are 20 percent more likely to have a positive self-image. Give a quick daily routine a try using a free app such as Daily Yoga for guided positions.
3. Try a walking mindfulness meditation.
Quiet time for yourself can be powerful in helping reduce stress and invigorate your mind, but you might be hard-pressed to find a dark, calm, quiet room where you can get away. Get outside and combine nature with breathing exercises to rejuvenate your body and mind. Not sure how to walk and meditate at the same time? Follow these simple steps:
- As you begin to move, notice how your body feels. Does it feel heavy or light, stiff or relaxed? It’s common to feel a little self-conscious at first, but the sensation will pass quickly.
- Next, start looking at what you see going on around you: the people, the trees, the billboards, the shop windows.
- Now, turn your attention to sounds. Don’t get caught up in thinking about objects, just be aware of them as you pass by.
- Smell comes next. Note how the mind wants to create a story out of each smell.
- Notice any physical sensations. Perhaps it’s the feeling of warm sunshine, the soles of your feet touching the ground, or your bad knee flaring up again.
- Pay attention to feelings that come up. For instance, what happens when your rhythm is broken by a red light? And when the light turns green, do you speed up to pass that man on your left? Don’t judge yourself—just notice your thoughts and let them go.
- Finally, shift your attention to your pace. Use the rhythm of your walking as a kind of home base—to come back to when you realize your mind has wandered. You’ll find over time that something as routine as walking can transform into a tool you can use to relax, even as you go about your daily business.
4. Take a selfie to keep, not share.
No filters, no hashtags, just a selfie for you to enjoy and appreciate the things that make you uniquely you. After you take the selfie, write down three things you appreciate about yourself. Put them on your mirror to boost your confidence on days when you struggle with a negative self-image.
5. Take a guilt-free nap.
Dragging in the afternoon? Skip the cup of coffee or burst of sugar. Just 10 minutes of shut-eye can dramatically improve your clarity, alertness and accuracy.
6. Find a cheerleader.
A study published in the Journal of the International Association for Relationship Research found that participants who surrounded themselves with people who were exposed to positive messages about their bodies were more likely to stabilize or lose weight. Enlist an uplifting friend to take a daily 10-minute walk with you.
7. Know yourself.
Knowledge precedes change. Start with understanding yourself. Free online personality tests such as 16 Personalities cover the five personality aspects: mind, energy, nature, tactics and identity.
8. Listen to music.
According to research conducted by U.K.-based researcher David Lewis-Hodgson, listening to “Weightless” by Marconi Union can decrease your overall anxiety by 65 percent. So grab a comfy spot and spend 8 minutes and 8 seconds getting your chill vibes on.
9. Put down your phone.
We’re subjected to thousands of distractions throughout the day. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that you can be distracted simply by hearing or feeling your phone vibrate, even if you don’t pick it up. Try putting your phone out of sight (and touch) for 10 minutes of uninterrupted productivity.
10. Practice gratitude.
Reminding yourself of the positive things in your life has staying power. Multiple studies point not only to sustained feelings of happiness but also a decreased number of physical ailments. Write down three positive things every single day and take note of your increased mood.
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