It's that time of year again when everyone is making their resolutions for the new year. A lot of people start off with something like "I'm going to lose weight in 2022!" or "I'm going to eat healthier this year!"
New Year Resolutions aren't always easy to stick with. You might have started off strong, but after the first month or so you may fall back into old habits. This is because resolutions are often not well-thought out and you didn't plan appropriately for them.
If your goal isn't achievable - even if it's something as simple as "I'm going to exercise more" - then you're going to have a harder time following through with it.
That's why we have come up with 11 mindful new year resolutions for your body and soul that will help you stay on track all year long! These resolutions are based on principles like mindfulness, self-compassion, and balance, so they will help you live meaningfully and mindfully.
With these mindful new year resolutions, let us show you how you can not only achieve your health and fitness goals in 2022, but also feel more fulfilled in general!
1. Make time for yourself every day
It is important to take time for yourself everyday. This could be reading, taking a walk, meditating, or simply sitting in silence.
If you don't, it is all too easy to get caught up in other people's lives and forget about your own. It doesn't have to be a long time - even 10 minutes will make a difference if you do them every day.
2. Be mindful of how you are feeling
An important aspect of mindfulness is being aware of how you are feeling in the present moment. When you are stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, it is easy to lose yourself in these emotions.
Instead of getting caught up in your emotions, try to notice them as they are happening. Be aware that you are feeling stressed out but don't let the stress take over completely.
Let your feelings pass through you instead of burying them inside and letting them build up until they explode one day! You can also use mindfulness techniques during meditation or yoga sessions to help focus on being present with how you feel.
3. Reduce stress levels with yoga or meditation
A good way to reduce stress is with yoga or meditation. These are things that you do that help your body and soul feel better. They can help you to feel more at peace and relaxed.
Try to do yoga or meditation for a few minutes every day. It will make you feel better overall, and it can help you when you are feeling stressed out.
Yoga is a good way to stretch your body, and meditation can help you focus on your breath and calm down. Both of these things are great for reducing stress levels.
If you don't think that you have time for yoga or meditation every day, try doing them once a week instead. You may find that this is enough to help reduce your stress levels. And if not, try doing them twice a week or even every day! The important thing is to find what works best for you and stick with it.
4. Don't forget to breathe
It is important not to hold your breath when you are feeling stressed out or anxious. Breathing deeply can help improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed.
Try this: take a deep breath through your nose, exhale slowly through your mouth, and repeat five times in a row!
When you are feeling stressed out or anxious, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. This will help you feel more relaxed and refreshed.
5. Be kinder towards others
Mindfulness isn't just about being more mindful about ourselves - we should be kinder toward other people too! This means not judging someone by their appearance or what car they drive, but seeing each person for who they really are deep down.
6. Be mindful of what you are eating
When it comes to eating, be mindful of what you are putting into your body. Make sure that you are eating healthy foods that will nourish your body and mind. Avoid processed foods and sugar, and focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods.
Be mindful of when you are hungry and when you are full. Do not eat out of boredom or stress. Listen to your body and pay attention to its signals. Stop eating when you are full and do not overindulge.
You should not be worrying about your job or that guy who broke up with you while eating dinner. Chew slowly and enjoy the flavors of what's in front of you. Chew your food slowly and savour the flavors. Notice how your body feels after you eat different foods. Pay attention to whether you feel energized or sluggish after eating certain things.
7. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
One way to help your body and soul in the New Year is to drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. This will help to keep you hydrated and healthy, and will give you the nutrients you need to stay energized.
Try to make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal, and aim to drink eight glasses of water per day.
This will help you stay on track with your resolutions and keep you healthy all year long.
8. Connect with nature regularly
Studies have shown that people who spend time in nature are less stressed. That's because being in nature offers a vacation from the high-intensity pace of modern life, and is linked with reduced levels of cortisol, decreased blood pressure, cardiovascular benefits, and better sleep.
Be mindful of how you spend your time out in the world, whether it is at work or surfing social media.
Spend most of your days outside, getting closer to nature. Turn off your phone - or put it away - and just enjoy the moment. A half hour long break every once in a while will do wonders for your body and soul.
9. Forgive yourself for your mistakes
One of the most important resolutions for a mindful New Year is to forgive yourself for your mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes, and it's important to learn from them, but also to move on. Holding onto grudges against yourself will only serve to bog you down and prevent you from moving forward.
So, let go of the past and focus on making this year the best one yet!
10. Keep a positive attitude throughout the year
When we try to be happy, we feel good and life is easier. Research has shown that happiness leads to success, not the other way around! So this year, make it a goal to stay positive no matter what comes your way.
11. Live in the present moment
Living in the present moment can be a challenge for some people, especially when it comes to dealing with high-stress work environments.
However, there are many benefits to living in the present moment. When you are living in the present moment, you are less likely to feel tension because you're not worrying about the past or the future. You are also more likely to enjoy life and appreciate the present moment, which can lead to a more positive outlook on life.
Do not think about the past. Do not think about the future. Just live in this moment!
The new year is a time to reflect on the past and set resolutions for the future. It's also a time to focus on our body and soul. Hopefully with these 2022 new year resolution ideas, they'll help you live healthier in the new year.
Happy New Year from all of us at Island Wellness!