New Year’s Resolutions should be all about happiness rather than setting unrealistic expectations.
Giving yourself goals that are unattainable with only add extra pressure and stress.
At UnitedMind we believe in the power of laughter and happiness when living a fulfilling life. Have a look at our top suggestions for introducing resolutions that work towards happier ways of living and being, both in body and mind.
Work out a routine
Many New Year’s Resolutions include losing weight or giving up alcohol and cigarettes, but although these are admirable goals they are often beyond reach.
By working out a daily or weekly routine you can integrate certain things into your life which you are looking to achieve.
If you want to drop a couple of pounds for example, try assigning specific days or times for exercise.
This will give those goals more structure, making them far easier to reach.
Find a positive in everyday
If you start to slip into sadness or become overwhelmed by stress it can be very hard to break out of this cycle.
Of course we can’t all be happy 100% of the time but looking for happiness even in the littlest things can make a big impact.
Living by the motto that you have to be miserable today in order to be happy tomorrow just doesn’t work.
Spend time to evaluate your negative feelings but try your best to also see some positive. You may have had a bad day at work but remember what was good that day too.
Be kind to strangers
Making little adjustments to your attitude by performing random acts of kindness really does help to boost your own mood.
As well as being kind and polite to the people you do know, create a small positive in a stranger’s day by helping an elderly person cross the road, giving directions to someone who is lost, buying a coffee for the person behind you in the queue…
All of these examples may seem insignificant but when you see how they matter to someone else you will share in this happiness.
Stop checking your phone or social media accounts and make time to do the things you enjoy the most.
Whether you love getting immersed in the world of a new book, are an enthusiastic painter, or find amusement in creating your own hit song, set aside time in each day to do these things.
Everyone knows how much simpler it is to feel happy when doing what you enjoy. Even just half an hour spent in this way everyday can outweigh whatever negatives or stresses have burdened you during the day.
Explore the world more
Avoid those resolutions that set ridiculous demands to travel the world and visit every iconic landmark.
Finances aside, travel can be hard to fit in around a schedule without just packing up and leaving completely. Introducing travel into your lifestyle doesn’t need to be completely tricky though.
Look at what is possible and make plans to work from there. From planning to visit a local village at the weekend, to taking a train ride to the next biggest city, there is plenty of fun to be found in the UK.
Find out more ways to stay happy and healthy by having a read through the rest of our blog. At UnitedMind our laughter yoga is an alternative therapy to help fight the struggles of stress.
Contact us today to learn about our sessions and how we can help you.