Whether you are a "New Years Resolution" kinda person or not, these 7 fun ones are quick and easy... but don't be duped... they have the potential to go a long way in making 2017 all the sweeter!
Give them a go! You have nothing to lose!
1. Journal 5 things you are grateful for
Anyone following my blog posts will notice that this one has been a kind of theme for 2016. So, if you have not already embraced this one! Now is as good a time as any to start. In fact, even doing this just once a week has proven benefits.
2. Laugh more, sing more
Both laughing and singing have been shown to reduce stress and improve mood... so when you're feeling down, turn up the volume to your favourite tunes and start singing! People also tend to laugh more in groups, so hang out with friends that laugh - it's really contagious!
3. Tune in to your posture
Have you ever noticed someone oozing great self confidence while slouching? Chin up, shoulders back and take a deep breath...feel taller and better already? Oh, and smile while you're at it!
4. The art of the power nap
This one is possibly my favourite! Studies have shown that a 10 minute nap is more effective than a 20-30 minute snooze for improving alertness and energy, clearing up that afternoon brain fog, and reducing fatigue. I use this at least once or twice a week... highly recommended as your next newest habit!
5. Stand more
Many of us end up with long hours of prolonged sitting in our work space. If this is you, then be sure to break up your long sitting spells with short periods of standing at least every hour. Research has shown that even a 2-minute walk is enough to help prevent or reduce sitting’s adverse effects. There are also a few great apps like out there such as "stand up" to help remind you when it's time.
There is nothing quite like the practice of mindful resting. Quieting your body and mind to 'be still' for even only 10 minutes has been linked to a wide range of health benefits. This takes some practice at first, but it's well worth persisting and will get easier and easier with practice.
7. Let your tea steep
Yes, you read that right! Studies of tea chemistry have found that steeping tea for at least 3 minutes increases the release of polyphenols. These are the chemicals in tea that have antioxidant and other beneficial properties, and which may account for many of tea’s health benefits. Besides which, this gives you good reason to stand for a few minutes and the mindfully stare out of the window while meditating all at once! ...or you can just stare out the window and think nothing!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year and a 2017 that is your best year yet!
That's all from me folks for 2016
Thank you for travelling with me during this year. I am really looking forward to 2017 as a year of more growth, fulfilment and definitely more fun! If you've been wondering about how to navigate this next season well, yet you're not sure where to start, then give me a call! I would love to connect with you, to hear your story and to share how coaching can give you the direction you are looking for. 0488713257
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Till next year,
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