Happy New Year Beauties,
Thank God for making us witness another year in good health. These past few weeks, I’ve struggled with almost everything – from work to mental health, stress, fever and few others. I’ve also struggled with not being consistent with blogging last year- 2019, I do apologize and pray to be more consistent this year.
If you want to practice self-care like a boss next year, you’ve got to think outside of the box. And it has to be something you want to do, not just adding another item to your to-do list. Here is a 30 Day Self-care challenge I stumbled upon on Pinterest and I think we should all try it out 💃🏾💃🏾
The new year is already here and most of us are probably more than ready to leave 2019 as far in the past as possible. These last twelve months have been jam-packed with a whirlwind of political turmoil and stressful events, but now, it’s time to unwind, take a deep breath, and set an intention for the new calendar year. One of the major focuses for many of us should be self-care, and reducing stress in our lives in 2020.
Researchers discovered that the key to achieving big goals is by setting smaller ones, and rewarding yourself after taking small steps towards it. So, instead of expecting yourself to magically change in the coming year, focus on the slow progress you are making in the moment.
Here are 8 New Year’s resolutions to help you prioritize self-care and your mental health in 2020 💃🏾
1. SCHEDULE CALENDAR TIME FOR SELF-CARE
Make a resolution to actually schedule time for yourself this year, just as you would a meeting or event. Creating tangible reminders like calendar invites, or phone alerts may help you make moments for self-care a more regular part of your daily routine. For instance, you can create schedule for a workout plan, practicing mindfulness after work, yoga, blogging, taking a walk every evenings few days a week, detox every morning and so on.
2. LEARN HOW TO DATE YOURSELF
This idea is probably the most stress-inducing, because no one wants to be judged for doing a public activity alone, and studies have shown that you can have just as much fun on your own. It’s very free to realize that you are a strong, independent person, who doesn’t need someone to have a good time. If you need to “find yourself” for your New Year’s resolution, dating yourself is a great way to start. Who knows, you might even enjoy yourself!
3. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY- One of the best ways to prevent undue stress is by being aware of what causes your body to become nervous, fatigued, or upset in the first place. Make a list of your specific triggers, and try to pay attention if one of them is happening. Our bodies often times indicates stress, even if our brains are not consciously communicating it. If you keep catching colds, feel tired, or keeping breaking out, take a break. Self-care isn’t just about calming yourself after the emotional storm, but preventing it if you can.
4. SET GOALS TO TRY NEW SKILLS/HOBBIES– Ever wanted to try something new? Set aside some time to give it a try. One easy way to practice self-care is trying a hobby that you will find relaxing. Some examples can be doing a puzzle, painting, writing, travelling, reading a good book. But it has to be something you’re genuinely interested in. Whatever hobbies you choose don’t need to have a huge amount of commitment to it. If you feel like reading a book for one hour every evening, then that’s great for you.
5. CUT OUT TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS OR PEOPLE- Your environment affects your mental health at every stage of life and development, so surrounding yourself with supportive or health friendships is key to keeping healthy. Cutting out toxic people does not just apply to people you know personally, it can mean unfollowing on Instagram or Twitter. You should be your number one priority; try not to compromise your wellbeing for others.
6. RESET YOUR SLEEP HYGIENE
Sleep plays an essential role in maintaining physical and mental health, and overall quality of life. Basically, without a proper sleep schedule, stress and fatigue kicks in and in most cases, sickness. Set a resolution to reboot your sleep hygiene, and reset your internal clock, if you have not had a decent night’s sleep in a while. You can do this by simply sticking to a bed time, having a great skincare routine, eating meals at regular hours, and making a few lifestyle adjustments to induce a normal sleep cycle.
7. DETOX FROM SOCIAL MEDIA ONCE IN A WHILE
People who are addicted to social media may experience negative side effects such as eye strain, social withdrawal or lack of sleep and stress, poor mental health, including depression and anxiety. If you can’t imagine your life without social media, Make a resolution to take a few hours at least daily to disconnect from technology and chill out.
8. DONT WORRY IF YOU CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO DO THESE THINGS- Being patient with yourself, allows room for mistakes, and don’t stress your brain on succeeding at every single resolution you set at the beginning of the year. Mental health and self-care require ongoing, lifelong journey and there’s no finish line, and no need to rush your progress.
Self-care is not a competition, What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa.
Hugs and Kisses 💋❤
Haleemah Al-sadiya 🌹
By Chrisville Wellness Club
Chrisville wellness Club is a health and selfcare advocate platform to inform and educate young and old about the essence of mental and physical health.