2017 is almost here, and you know what that means. It's time to start thinking about what resolutions you want to make for the new year.
When I opened this store, I wanted to help people live lives that are more content and comfortable, so I thought I would try and come up with some resolution suggestions with that in mind. Some of these are things I've tried before and found helpful, and some I will be trying throughout 2017 myself.
1. Set a reminder to think about a blessing every day.
The reminder aps that come with most phones today can be a useful tool to help build your mindfulness. In today's hustle, bustle world, it can be easy to let ourselves get so busy and distracted by the things we're working toward, we forget about what we already have. Set a reminder on your phone to remind you to take one minute to think about all the blessings you have in your life each day. Just sixty seconds.
It's amazing how much more content we can become when we stop and think about all the wonderful things already in our lives instead of looking to what we want to achieve down the road. Any journey is enhanced by enjoying the scenery along the way. Don't be so focused on reaching the pitstops that you miss the fields, mountains, forests, deserts, rivers, oceans, and quaint little towns along the way.
2. Keep a list of your "magical moments."
This resolution is similar to the last one, but it has a slightly different purpose behind it. All throughout the year, whenever something amazing, joyful, or magical happens, write it down. You can write it on a slip of paper and put it in a big jar. You can keep a note where you add them all on your phone. You can keep a notebook. It doesn't matter how you write it down, just that you do and know where to find them.
The thing is, we all have ups and downs in our lives. That's normal. We also have a tendency to forget about the good things that have happened during the down times because we become preoccupied with all the bad stuff thats happening right then. In those times, you can go back to your list or jar or notebook and read about all the magical moments you've had during the year. It's not a gueranteed cure, but it can be a powerful pick-me-up.
Plus, at the end of the year, you can look back at all the good things that happened throughout the last year. You might even keep adding to it as the years go on.
As The Doctor said, "The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and a pile of bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant." Make sure you never forget what's in your pile of good things.
3. Spend five minutes straightening up before bed.
It's late. You're tired. There are dishes in the sink, couple things are cluttering up the coffee table, and you forgot to put your shoes up when you kicked them off. All you want to do is forget it and go to bed. I know. I've been there.
Remember what it's like to wake up to that mess the next morning though? It's not the best thing to see first thing. It's kind of depressing, isn't it?
When you're getting ready for bed, set a timer for just five minutes. During those five minutes go around the house and put things away. This isn't the time to try to reorganize cabinets or closets. It's not the time to deep clean the bathrooms or scrub out your oven. Just pick up the clutter and put it away. Then when the timer goes off, head to bed.
It won't make your home spotless from top to bottom, but it does help keep clutter from "multiplying." It does make for more pleasant mornings though, and a sense of peace and order in the morning can affect the rest of your day.
4. Drink a glass of water every other hour.
This might not make a big difference for some of you, but the majority of us are dehydrated to some degree. Just think about it. What's the first thing you see whenever you google any sort of minor problem: dry skin, headache, body aches, fatigue, ect.? Drink water. Make sure you're hydrated.
Instead of waiting until you're feeling tired or itchy or achy, be proactive about it. Eight glasses of water is the recommendation, and most of us are up at least sixteen hours each day. If you drink a glass of water every other hour, that's eight in a day without a problem.
This is one I did last year and then forgot about. I'll tell you, the difference is stunning. You can bet this is one I'll be adding to my own list this year.
What are your New Year's resolutions for 2017? If you have any others to add to this list of suggestions for things to make your next year more content and comfortable, please comment with them below.