As the new year approaches, articles inevitably pop up about common resolutions people make, mainly losing weight and exercising. But also other things like being organized or productive or super awesome. I'm already super awesome, so I usually skip that resolution each year... at least that's what I tell my husband. Ha!
I also saw an article about why we shouldn't set resolutions, how we're great just the way we are, we should love ourselves and quit striving for something new.
While I'm not super serious about setting concrete New Year's resolutions, I do think a new year is a great time to look back at our lives and try to make improvements. After all, isn't one of life's greatest gifts the ability to learn and grow as we mature and age? I cannot imagine myself stuck in my 20-year-old mind. Anxiety, lots of nervous energy and immaturity. No, thank you. And I hope in another fifteen years, I've grown even more to become a more wise, generous person, slower to anger and easier to forgive.
That leads to me to ask myself what I'd like to work on this upcoming year. What will make me a better person? Or my life happier? Or teach my children important life skills? Or give me better health and longevity?
There are so many areas to work on I feel like it can be hard to focus. So allow me to adjust the lens a little.
I hope my list will motivate you to make your 2016 a great year, too.
1. Stress Reduction.
*Make sleep a priority by getting 9 hours each night
*Regular meditating by using my new adult coloring book. Yay!
2. Physical Health and Wellbeing
*Regularly exercising, even if it's just walking the dog.
*Begin more strenuous exercise like weight-bearing exercises (since my adrenals are rebounding).
*Stretching regularly (hello, tight hamstrings).
3. Spiritual Health
*Feeling grateful each day, finding joy in every day activities.
*Spending a small amount of time each day connecting with God through prayer, scripture, or reading a spiritual book.