New Year, Better Me

Happy New Year!!!

It’s finally 2020, which means a decade is over and probably (almost) everyone is way too motivated to start their year. Well, I definitely understand that but most of them will fail in a month since a lot of people put non-realistic resolutions for themselves. That’s why I decided to skip the whole ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ tradition and put realistic goals for my future. Instead of listing hundreds of intentions for this year, I’ll set goals for short-term and add new ones as I achieve some of them.

It’s the 1st of January, that’s why I’m so excited to write a blog post and talk about my intentions for 2020. You already know me, I’m a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, whether it’s my personal relationships or university life. That’s why I’m trying my best to not overthink and live in the moment. So here are some tips and activities that you can also apply to your own life if you want to achieve the best year of your life.

1. Self-love

I know… Everyone talks about self-love but what do I mean by that? You MUST spend time with yourself more. Unfortunately, watching tv-shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube doesn’t count. Here are some activities you might consider doing:

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  • Do yoga (I’ll talk more about this in the next section)
  • Go for a walk
  • Read a book
  • Journalling (Write your thoughts and feelings, intentions, goals)
  • Exercise
  • Drawing
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Face masks/Facial treatments

2. Yoga & Meditation

This one is also a popular one but I’m pretty sure that a lot of people find it hard to apply to their daily routines. I’ve started doing yoga 4 years ago and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made so far. (Thanks to my mom for encouraging me to start yoga)It doesn’t matter if you are flexible or not, just sit on your yoga mat with good intentions and relax. Personally, I prefer doing yoga every day but when I’m too busy, I prefer doing 20 minutes bed-time yoga before I go to sleep. Being consistent is the key if you want to see progress in your mindset and physical health. I’ve decided to buy a membership in a yoga studio which is really close to my home in Manchester. Let’s start the year right!

3. Read more books

I genuinely think that a lot of us have to read more books. It’s obviously not obligatory, but for your personal development and creativity, it’s an amazing habit. I really enjoy reading books and sharing book recommendations with my friends. (Love you, Lauren!) If you want to see the books on my bookshelf, check out my Goodreads account here.

4. Disconnect more

During Christmas break, I’ve realised that I’m way happier when I don’t check my phone. There are no reasons for me to check my phone frequently, and I think it’s a waste of time. I only use it to connect with my family and friends, share my blog posts, and get some inspiration on Pinterest. I highly suggest you decrease your screen time and spend more time disconnected from social media and live in the moment instead of sharing everything on the Internet.

5. Balance is everything

Please get rid of the ‘all or nothing’ mindset. This applies to every aspect of your life: work life, your studies, healthy eating, exercising…For instance, I want to incorporate more plant-based foods into my diet, but that doesn’t mean I’ll become vegan in a day. I still enjoy eating eggs, and fish and I won’t deprive myself. Get to know yourself and do what makes you feel good!When it comes to your studies or your work life, don’t overthink and do something even it’s a small task. I prefer getting work done early in the morning and in the afternoon. I wind down in the evenings and spend time for myself. Self-love baby!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I promise I’ll write blog posts very consistently this year and create awesome content for you guys.
Happy New Year and I wish you all the best, health and success this year.

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