Health, Family Time, Consciousness, Self-Care, or Organization; No Matter what your Resolutions are for 2023, We Have Tips to Help!
We are just a few days into January 2023, and it's the perfect time for reflection and setting intentions for the year ahead. It can feel like a clean slate to do things differently, make better habits, and grow as an Individual. It is a time of hope, ambition, and confidence in our ability to achieve. Unfortunately, this positive energy tends to fade away for many of us and we find ourselves going back to our routines with the New Year's resolutions put on the back burner for another 365 days. So rather than just asking, "What are your New Year's Resolutions?", let's talk about how we're going to stick to them.
We thought we'd start by sharing some of the most common New Year's Resolutions we hear from our Sabre Community, along with some helpful tips to staying consistent to achieve those goals!
Improve Physical Health
Whether it's to eat healthier, become more physically fit, improve energy, get better sleep, or just live an over all healthier lifestyle, improving physical health is always one of the most popular New Year's Resolutions. It also can be one of the most difficult to stay consistent with, but it doesn't have to be - here are a few tips that can help you stay on track.
Set small goals by introducing one new healthy habit at time - There's something about January that can make you want to throw away all junk food, start working out every day, learning to count macros, etc., but the reality is that trying to change everything at once can be overwhelming and unsustainable. Instead try adding in one healthy habit at a time (switch to a healthier breakfast, work out once a week, don't drink during week nights, add in a supplement, etc.). Once it starts to become part of your regular routine add another, and repeat.
Be realistic and flexible when setting goals - We all know that setting realistic goals is one of the keys to success in building a healthier life, but even with realistic and sustainable goals life can get in the way and we can fall off track. One way to stay consistent is to create a back up plan for when that happens. If you didn't have time to make it to the gym or complete a full work out find a 10-15 minute workout online that you can do at home before bed.
Spend More Time with Loved Ones
There is so much value in spending quality time with the people we love, and after years of a global pandemic and social distancing, it's no surprise that spending more time with friends and family members is a popular resolution for 2023.This may seem simple enough but if you're out of social practice, these tips are for you!
Pick one week a month where you make plans with a loved one - If you get anxious about making set plans like a weekly happy hour, watch party for your favorite show, or anything that has a specific date and time consistently locked in, this tip is for you. Pick any week out of the month that is for time catching up with loved ones - every second week of the month you reach out to someone and make plans. This can help you not over schedule yourself throughout the month by limiting it to a smaller time frame, keep you consistent by having some sort of structure in place, and limit social anxiety around needing to cancel plans if you're not up for it by waiting to see how your week looks like before committing to a plan.
Quality over quantity - This one is especially important if your goal is to spend more time with your partner or family at home. Put down your phone and be present in the moment. Try making a house rule for no electronics while having coffee in the morning, at dinner time, or scrolling before bed. Better conversation and having each other's undivided attention for a small amount of time might even be all the increased family time you're striving for.
Better Mental Health & More Self-Care
2023 is all about higher consciousness and taking care of your mental health, and it should be. According to MHA, nearly 20% of adults and 12% of children in the US are struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc., and many feel unable to get help. Understanding these issues and taking care of your mental well being is essential to improving your quality of life.
Listen to your body and mind to better understand intrusive thoughts or triggers - When you feel yourself become dysregulated or upset try to identify the root cause through self reflection. If you take a few moments to better understand why you feel the way you do on a deeper level you can better nurture your mental health. Dr. Nicole LePera, founder of Self Healers Circle, has a great guide for doing this here.
Don't dismiss the basics - Things like journaling, meditation, movement, therapy, time outside, etc. are common practices to help manage mental health issues that may be over looked at times. Stay open to learning new methods and practices, and you may find something that works for you.
Did you know that clutter and disorganization can be directly related to your stress level? Seriously, a study conducted by UCLA found that women who felt that their homes were cluttered had higher cortisol levels than those who did not. Follow these tips for better organization (and less stress) in 2023.
Identify what areas of your life need a little help with organization - What better way to practice organization than with a list? Create a list of all the things that feel disorganized or out of control and sort them by what is causing you the most stress. Tackle one project at a time and celebrate your progress!
Create a structure that is realistic with your lifestyle to keep organized - Not everyone's system is going to look the same, so it's important to create a system that works for you and will fit in best with your daily routine.