With all new years, comes the whole ‘new year, new me’ crap which to be quite honest is rather nauseating. However, saying goodbye to 2017 was something I was happy about but for all the right reasons.
As part of this new years nonsense, I decided to just start with simple changes – I’m a rather habitual person (so I’ll have the same thing for lunch every day, or watch the same TV programs, etc.) so breaking this cycle I was in was going to be tough, to say the least.
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My main goal for this change was to alter my state of mind.
I had become quite a cynical and negative person, almost stuck in a rut and I knew it wasn’t healthy to continue like it – so before I went home for the holidays I decided that my ‘new years’ phase would start then.
Going home did me the world of good – I was away from the negativity in my life at the time and with the people I truly cherish. However, life doesn’t work like that – you cannot stay in one place. So when I had to drag myself back to Uni in January, I made a promise to myself to continue the positive state of mind I was in, almost as a survival mechanism…
I always knew that real change comes with one’s mindset, however, there are other things I have changed up in my life over the last few months which have made me the happiest I have ever been.
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I used to be such an active kid; modern, tap, drama and one which I am most proud of: ballet. However, when A-levels took over my life, I had to stop all of that to concentrate on actually getting some qualifications.
University of Bristol, 2008. People’s moods significantly improved after exercising. They are also more productive and equipped to manage stress in their workday – there we go, the experts have spoken…
I missed being active and exercising really does make you that little bit happier during the day, I don’t do loads but I try to do some form of workout at least once a day. I usually do stretches or yoga in the morning to wake my body up and then something more high impact in the evening.
And I have definitely seen a difference and more importantly felt a difference in my body – so I would highly recommend you trying to incorporate some form of exercise (if you don’t already) into your daily routine.
This was something which was really tough for me (and to be quite honest, still is). I felt a huge feeling of self-doubt, judgement was another thing I used to hold onto- not just about others but myself.
I just let it go. Simple as that – whatever has gone cannot be changed but you can always learn from it.
What people think of me no longer affects me – not in an ‘I can do whatever I like’ sort of mindset – no, life does not work like that. But in a way that I am responsible for my own life so it is the time I started putting what I thought of myself over what other people.
I have always read, I have always loved it, but during the end of 2017, I began to pick up a book less and less. So I knew that was something I needed to change, not just for my brain’s health but also because I find reading makes me more relaxed – always a plus!
Waking up earlier
Yes, I know what you are thinking, student = lazy so-and-so.
Nope, I have always been one to wake up at a somewhat suitable time. However, I used to nap a lot (like a lot, students- you know what I mean). So I had read online that actually getting less sleep via waking up earlier, in turn, gives you more energy – so I thought, right let’s give this s whirl.
It does work (I am accustomed to the occasional nap here and there though…).
What I have also found is that waking up earlier gives me time to properly get ready in the morning and feel ready for the day. This also goes hand-in-hand with exercise as I am able to get a little in, in the morning now!
Anyone which knows me, I am quite a health-conscious person already. I’m one of them smashed-avo on toast making, chia seed eating, Nutribullet blending, almond milk sipping idiots. However, I used to go through stages of eating insanely clean and then just saying ‘shove it’ and eating so many minstrels I’m surprised that I didn’t turn into one.
This was definitely not a healthy way to live so I scrapped that! Now I still eat all the healthy things which I love but allow myself to have things which are a little indulgent – my philosophy is ‘little but often’ when it comes eating junk as it stops the urge to eat my body weight in ice cream!
Making a to-do list
This is something so small which has helped me in more ways than I thought. Making a to-do list at the beginning of each day has helped me clear my head to see what needs to be done and ticking it off as I go is one of the most satisfying things ever (I’m aware how sad that makes me).
*even sadder: sometimes I write things down which I know I have already done so I can cross it off…
My life is somewhat ‘organized’ and making a to-do list means I don’t have to keep everything in my head and most likely end up forgetting to do something super important!
I love makeup (I have enough of it) but I am definitely not the best at it. So I would just stick to one look and it got really boring. I forgot that makeup isn’t just something I put on in the morning to make myself less horrific, but something that I should enjoy putting on.
So lately I have been trying to be more experimental with it, actually using eyeshadow and even doing winged eyeliner – check me out eh…
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And there we have it, 7 changes I have made in my life. Of course, I’m still trying to improve myself each day and there are still things I struggle with, but the important thing is that I’m trying.
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