‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, where we all say we’re going to lose weight and eat better. This year, instead of focusing on those physical resolutions, try these simple practices to achieve your mindfulness goals.
10 Mindfulness Goals for 2017
Wake Up Earlier
How you feel in the morning sets the tone for your day. If your morning routine is consistently rushed, that anxious feeling will follow you around throughout your day. To start your day more relaxed, slowly set your alarm earlier and earlier until you can comfortably get ready in the mornings. Maybe you’ll finally have time to sit down and enjoy breakfast or read a few chapters in your favorite book. Take extra time for yourself each morning—you deserve it!
Besides the multitude of physical benefits stretching brings, this practice can also help you create mental clarity. By gently opening up your body, you can clear your mind and focus on your movements. Not sure where to start? Try our basic stretching routine to open your body and mind!
It’s easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of your life, which can have a devastating effect on your overall mood. By taking a few moments each day to express genuine gratitude for the things you’re blessed with, you can begin to lead a more positive and fulfilled life.
Listening is a hard skill to master. Too often, conversations are about talking, not listening. Instead of focusing on what you want to say, try actively listening to your family members, friends and coworkers. Doing so will help you understand others’ points of view, which will make you a kinder, more compassionate person.
Similar to listening, empathizing with others is a severely underappreciated skill. Being able to truly understand how another person is feeling will allow you to treat people fairly and respectfully. As Simon Sinek explains, “Exceptional organizations ‘prioritize the wellbeing of their people and, in return, their people give everything they’ve got to protect and advance the well-being of one another and the organization.’” Whether you believe in Karma or not, treating others the way you’d like to be treated will always come back around to you.
Taking a stroll outside has been proven to be beneficial in so many different ways, especially when it comes to being mindful. Being in nature allows us to reconnect with what’s important and forget about our daily stressors. It also gives us a sense of appreciation for what we’ve been given, especially in the little things.
Take a Break from Technology
Technology is great in that it allows us to connect so easily, but it is also distracting and even overwhelming at times. Put away your phone, tablet and computer for a bit each day to focus on the present and what’s happening right in front of you. Abstaining from technology before bed can also help you sleep better!
Take time each day to clear your mind to rejuvenate your body and soul by meditating. It might be difficult to learn, especially for those who are on the active end of the spectrum, but training your mind and body to be still and quiet can help you be a more balanced person. Learn the basics of meditation here to get started!
Get a Treatment
Human touch can heal so many things, and treating yourself to regular massages, acupuncture or skin care treatments is a great way to practice self-care. Read more on our philosophy here, and how prioritizing self care can change your life.
Being honest is one of the most challenging things we can do, but doing so will reward you with less stress and a sense of freedom. If you’re going through a hard time, tell your friends. If you love someone, let them know. If your mental health is struggling, seek help. Burying these feelings as to not inconvenience others will only create more stress and negativity in your life. Even though it can be terrifying, you’ll be surprised how relieving telling the truth feels!
Meet your mindfulness goals this year by trying some of these simple resolutions. Do you have any other tricks for practicing mindfulness? Tell us in the comments!