January always seems a good time for reflection – learning from last year’s life lessons, and planning what we want to achieve in 2019. If you’re not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, how about some life tips instead? Here are some of our best words of wisdom that we hope inspire you to have an amazing year.
You don’t need to know your life purpose to make progress. Instead, start by making small goals and treat yourself when you achieve them.
It’s easy to wait for others to get in touch or to have a friendship that consists of a Facebook message every few months. Ask yourself who you’ve missed in your life and make the effort to get back in touch this year and meet in person.
We rush through day to day life, but don’t often stop to ponder the question: “what do I really enjoy?” Make a list of things you love – it could be activities, foods, hobbies, or even places – and make sure you incorporate them into your life in 2019.
Don’t get stuck in the routine of doing the same things over and over again. Invest in yourself in 2019, and try something new. This could be an art class, a language lesson, learning a musical instrument, or even a new type of exercise.
How many people are in your life simply because you shared the same space at one time in your life? (eg. the same place of work, or University). Friendship is more than sharing past experiences. Ask yourself which of your friends are truly special in your life, and make the effort to see them more.
We’re so connected to our laptops, phones, TVs, and devices, that we sometimes forget the beauty of nature. Make the effort to reconnect with nature – such as going for a walk, doing some gardening, or spending more time outdoors.
Sleep nourishes our body and our mind, but many of us have never thought about if we have a healthy sleep routine. Make your bedroom a ‘tech-free zone’, get a battery-powered alarm clock, and sleep with your phone and laptop in a different room.
It’s easy to dwell on negative events in our lives rather than celebrating the positives. Make sure you keep track of the good things that happen in 2019 – get a glass jar and each time something wonderful happens, write it on a bit of paper and put it in the jar. At the end of your year, you can review the year and all the great things that have happened.
Always remember how precious your time is, and that this is truly the most valuable gift you can give other people.
Gossip. Things that are stressing us out. Bad news. We talk so much about negative experiences without even realising it, and even worse, every time you talk about a negative event, your mind is re-living that experience. Recognise the things you talk about, and fill your conversations with positive news.
Can you make small changes to help the planet? Perhaps cutting down on your use of plastic, or composting your kitchen waste? Think about your impact on the environment and what you can do to help save the planet. Every little counts.
It can be easy to work, work, work, but many of us have an unhealthy work-life balance, which can lead to burnout. Make sure you incorporate rest and relaxation into your life as well as hard work so you keep your brain and body healthy.
Lock the phone and laptop in a cupboard for a day – we’re serious! Sometimes it can take drastic action to detach ourselves from technology, but it’s so, so, important. Allow your mind to be clear and free from tech at least once a week and you’ll soon feel more focused and refreshed.
The old Frank Lane saying goes, “If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.” Even when times are hard, know that things will get better, all it takes is time.
When was the last time you learned something for fun or went to an inspiring lecture? Make 2019 the year that you invest in yourself and learn something new.
We all have different comfort zones, but the most important thing to recognise is that to make progress, we need to be brave, fearless, and not afraid of failure. In fact, failure is what helps us grow. Do something that scares or challenges you, and at the end of the year, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.
Overdue dentist appointment? Getting a refund for something you’ve bought? Doing the weeding? Sometimes, things can end up on the ‘unimportant to-do list’ but they never get done. Make a list of things you’ve been putting off and finally get them done!
The more clutter you have, the more things you have to organise. Have you got items in your house that have no sentimental value? Are your cupboards full of clothes you don’t wear anymore? Declutter your life and you’ll feel so much better.
Are there places in the world that you’ve always wanted to go to? Perhaps there are places that you’ve not discovered yet and you’ve never had the chance to research. Make 2019 your year of adventures, and even if it’s just a 2-day break, plan some exciting getaways!
So that’s it – our top 19 tips for having an amazing 2019! From making lists of things that make you happy, to decluttering your life, and improving your sleep routine, we hope they help to have a wonderful year.
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