2017 has been an “interesting” year to say the least. From the terrible tragedies to the explosive hurricanes, wildfires, politics, protests-turned-violent and more – oh, so many more terrible things - you’re likely ready to put this year in the past. Aren’t we all?
Here are some mindful New Year’s resolutions to consider making for a better, happier and healthier 2018.
To Focus on Progress, Not Results
It’s human nature to feel like your New Year’s Resolution isn’t complete until you see results. However, every day you work towards your goal is a success. So, make it your resolution to focus on progress, not results. Whether it’s with your yoga practice, meditation or just everyday life, it’s the path you take that matters.
To Pay Attention to Intention
The most common New Year’s resolutions are to save money, lose weight, eat healthier, workout daily, etc. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with these resolutions as they’re exceptionally healthy practices to incorporate into 2018, it can be easy to lose sight of why you made them.
In 2018, make it your goal to pay attention to intention. If you want to lose weight, consider making “lose weight to increase energy levels so I can play with my kids more” your new year’s resolution. Placing a personal meaning behind your goal will help you achieve it.
To Change Your Habits
Your habits are an excellent thing to consider when looking change in 2018. Habits are the foundation to everything you do. If you want to save more money, take a look at your spending habits. If you want to lose weight, take a look at your eating or exercising habits. If you want to be less stressed, take a look at your stress management habits.
By observing your habits, you can determine what needs to change to live a mindful, healthy, happier new year.
To Become More Self-Aware
At first glance, being more self-aware may seem like one resolution but in reality, it encompasses an abundance of mindful goals. When you increase your self-awareness, you begin self-transformation; you begin to heal mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You aren’t just becoming more self-aware; you are transforming your entire life into a happier and healthier one.
So, if you’re looking for the “be all and end all” of new year’s resolutions, this one is definitely it.
To Be Kind To Yourself
One of our favourite mindful new year’s resolutions for 2018 is to be kind to yourself. We often forget to truly take care of ourselves. Sure, you practice yoga every day and meditate with mala beads but you likely forget to truly, deeply treat yourself with kindness.
So, make it your goal to set yourself free of self-judgment, self-conscious, self-esteem issues, etc. Treat yourself the way you treat others because you deserve it.
To Treat Yourself
Speaking of treating yourself to kindness in 2018, treat yourself to some indulgences as well! Make it your new year’s resolution to enjoy the things you’ve neglected yourself from for all these years. Want that slice of cheesecake? Go for it! Want a new pair of mala beads even though you just got some for Christmas? You deserve it!
As long as you are treating yourself for the right reasons, it’s fair game. Many people fail to provide themselves with the little things that make them happy because they’re too busy providing others with the little things. While there’s nothing wrong with giving to others, it’s important to still give to yourself. So, treat yourself! Remember, you deserve it.
To Become Inspired
At first, this might seem like an odd new year’s resolution to make. After all, it’s a common misconception that you can’t make yourself feel inspired but rather, that inspiration must find you. That is so last century.
There are so many ways you can get yourself inspired to be and do great things. From vision boards to meditation with mala beads, Sanskrit chants and Pinterest, the modern world doesn’t lack means of inspiration. So, make it your goal to become inspired and actually take the steps towards achieving that, and everything else will follow en suite.
To Accept the Inevitable
Yet another one of our favourite mindful new years resolutions to make for 2018 is to accept the inevitable. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by all the things you can’t control in the world, and with that can come some seriously dark days. So, learn to accept the inevitable. There are some things in life you simply can’t control, but what you can control is the way you react to them.
To Make a Change
With the prior mentioned, there are also many things in life that you can change. Often times, many of the things that seem beyond your control, aren’t. For example, it’s easy to assume that the wildfires stripping the North American continent of wildlife, nature and beauty is beyond your control and in many [direct] ways, they are.
However, by changing your habits and the way you use the earth, you can indirectly control what’s going on in the world. You can reduce your carbon footprint by recycling; walking instead of driving; using natural products, eating grass-fed meats, etc. With a bit of deep thinking and creativity, you can come up with a long list of things you can do to help change the things that seem out of your control. So, grab your mala beads and start meditating. There’s no better way to come up with amazing ideas and no better time to turn those ideas into new year’s resolutions.
Vow to make 2018 your year; your year of happiness, mindfulness and health. Head over to Mala Prayer to grab your mala beads and Sanskrit necklaces just in time for 2018.