Empowering new year's resolutions to try in 2020
New Year’s Celebrations are now over and I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which kind of resolutions you want to make this year. Of course, there are some goals that consistently make the top of the list: committing to a workout schedule, eating healthier, losing weight, etc. While these resolutions may be popular, they’re not exactly uplifting. Instead of focusing on loftier goals, consider setting small, more manageable resolutions that will make you feel good inside and out.
Unplug and recharge
Every year, more people work on reducing the time spent on their phones each day. Turns out, a small break from the screen can make you feel as free as a bird. Instead of spending the better part of your morning on social media or checking emails, use this time to meditate, read, write, sip your coffee, exercise, or anything you’ve been wanting to do and haven’t had the time. The change of pace could improve sleeping patterns and increase overall happiness, so why not give it a try?
Live in the moment
Make 2020 the year you live in the moment, no matter if you’re playing with your dog or hanging out with your friends on a random weeknight. Be as mindful as you can of your time together, even if it’s just for an hour. Although it’s tempting to pick up your phone (yes, this again), resist the urge and be present. Everyone benefits from some quality time with those you love.
Change your mindset
Take a moment and think about everything you’ve accomplished in this past year. Which battles you faced, the hurdles you overcame, or any of the hundreds of ways you’ve grown as a person over the course of the year. Pretty empowering right? While it’s easy to feel discouraged or unsure of yourself from time to time, don’t dwell on those negative thoughts. Make an effort to remember all the positive elements of your life and the areas where you are succeeding and you’ll feel far more motivated to keep pushing forward.
Get your dose of Magnesium
Magnesium is one of the most abundant and instrumental minerals in your body. Key in producing dopamine for sleep support and serotonin, it plays a key role in enhancing our mood and strengthens cardiovascular health. Although commonly found in leafy greens, nuts and seafood, It's one of the most common deficiencies in the UK and most of the western world. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, loss of appetite and personality changes, none of which are going to help you achieve your resolutions and goals.
Plan a trip
Plan a trip with friends to go somewhere you haven’t been before and give yourself something to look forward to. Before you even depart, you’ll be much more aware of how much you’re spending in your daily life (because you’ll need to save up!). During the trip, you’ll discover new places, meet interesting people, and explore a new world. After you return home, you’ll feel grateful you spent your time and money on an experience you’ll remember forever. There are no cons here, only positives.
This weeks MINDFUL MOMENT
New figures reveal that a significantly increased number of viewers have contacted the BBC Action Line in 2019, with viewers seeking support around mental health, emotional distress, and sexual abuse
During 2019, the BBC Action Line received over 1,039,000 visits or calls to its support information services. This is a significant increase from 2018, where the line received 400,000 uses. Sexual abuse, emotional distress, and mental health-related issues drove the most audience requests.
The BBC Action Line was created to provide information for audiences affected by issues covered in BBC audio and visual programmes. This includes radio dramas, TV series and one-off specials, documentaries, dramas, and awareness campaigns. The BBC additionally runs a number of permanent information lines for some issues including eating disorders, domestic abuse, and mental health.
In addition to supporting members of the public affected by these big issues, the BBC has also taken steps to become more inclusive and supportive of staff. Their ‘Open Up’ awareness campaign earlier this year helped position mental health as a central topic for staff and management alike, while their week filled with Wellbeing Live events in October helped to further drive the conversation.