Isn’t it the way that we get all caught up in ourselves and before we know it a bunch of time has passed and we aren’t feeling as happy as we should? That’s the way it is for me anyways. I feel as if I always have excuses. I always have a reason to wait to eat healthier or do things a certain way. I want to stop making excuses and live my life the way I should so I’ve decided to make five resolutions and start actively living my life by them (as much as I can). I’ve decided to share my resolutions because they are fairly universal and a lot of people could benefit from them if they adopt them themselves. So let’s all work together to lead happier, more fulfilled lives. Let me know if you have any resolutions for yourself!
1. Eat Healthy and Drink Lots of Water
I don’t know why this has been such a struggle for me lately. Somehow, no matter how many healthy meals I cook, I turn around and I’ve ordered a pizza or had Chinese food or eaten that donut at work. Does anyone else work somewhere that constantly has baked goods laying about? For some reason there’s always a box of donuts, cookies, cupcakes or a whole cake. And it’s the exact high stress environment that makes you want to eat all of it. It’s diabolical. Going forward, I really want to abstain. Aside from the obvious health reasons, I honestly feel like crap as soon as I eat these things. I feel so much more energetic when I eat well. I’ve got the water thing pretty down pat. I have a two litre bottle from Wal-Mart that I make sure to finish every day. It’s a great visual reminder of how much is left. Diet is a huge factor on mood so this step tops the list.
2. Watch Less TV
I don’t know when it happened (some time in high school) but I made TV the background noise to my life. A lot of people listen to music, I have the TV on. Whenever I’m doing housework, when I used to do schoolwork, lately while I’ve been blogging, while I get ready in the morning… It’s too much. I’ve only recently started to really notice how much it cuts down on my productivity. It really is true that multi-tasking takes more time than doing the two things separately. So I’m going to get on the music band wagon (any suggestions?). I’ve decided that there will be no more TV unless everything else is done. I’ve been overstimulated visually and it’s time to stop the madness! Time to get back to the real work and stop re-watching Grey’s Anatomy.
3. Stop Taking Loved Ones for Granted
So often we take the ones closest to us for granted. We assume that they will always be there and we don’t work towards building and strengthening these relationships. I know that’s true for me. Going forward I want to make sure that the people I love know how much I appreciate them. It’s as simple as that.
4. Be Positive
This one is so much easier said than done. Negative thoughts are so quick to creep into our heads and it’s hard to control your thoughts. When I was a kid, my mom used to get us to wear elastic bands and when we said something negative, we would have to snap the band on our wrists. It was a lot of fun calling my brother out on it and seeing him wince when he had to snap his elastic. But I’m going to start doing that. It’s a way to train your mind. We’ll see how long it lasts, haha!
5. Don’t Compare
I’m the worst perpetrator for this. I am constantly comparing myself to others who are more accomplished or more talented or creative than I am. Nothing is quite as disheartening as trying like mad to succeed at something and then seeing how someone seems to be doing a better job than you. This one might also be from my mom. I always used to complain that some of the other kids had less chores and responsibilities than I and she would say, “Don’t compare yourself down, to the spoiled, lazy kids. Compare yourself up to the hardworking kids who are accomplishing things.” I agree with this to an extent but it’s been causing me nothing but grief lately. Starting today, I’m just going to worry about me and not concern myself with other people’s progress or perceived success.
So these are the goals for the next little while. Let me know if you have similar ones and how it’s working out for you. I’m really excited about new things happening in my life lately and these resolutions are the cherry on top of the cake. Who says you have to wait for January 1st to make resolutions? Not me. I do what I want. You should too.