If your New Year’s resolutions didn’t go to plan, don’t be disheartened. Spring is here, and as the flowers shoot up around you, it’s the perfect opportunity to give yourself a new beginning. We lead busy lives, and it’s very easy to get bogged down in the everyday challenges and same-old routines, but we need to remember that we’re in control. Every day is a chance to try again and create the future we want for ourselves. However, the prospect of change can be intimidating and, if we try to change too many things at once, overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you simplify your goals and make a lasting change.
Make a List of What’s Good
It’s unlikely that there are no areas of your life which you are happy with and it’s best to start from a position of positivity. Make a list of what makes you happy, that you are grateful for or proud of. You’ll not only focus your mind on what really matters in life, but also highlight the areas you would like to change.
Try Something Different
When we’re feeling frustrated or stuck in a rut, the best medicine is to shake up our routine. Do some research into new hobbies or skills which you’ve never tried before. You could look into a college course, volunteer with a charity, take up a sport or try to learn a language. Whatever you do, work out what you’d like to accomplish and stick with it until you reach your goal. Who knows, you may even find something you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.
Clear Your Home of Clutter
There’s nothing like a good spring-cleaning session to refresh your mind. If your home is cluttered, chaotic and dirty, you’ll find it difficult to stay motivated and clear-headed as you make changes in the rest of your life. Take the time to remove the items you never use and either donate them to charity or recycle them. There’s also the option of hiring professional cleaners for a complete transformation of your home.
Start One Healthy Habit
Most of us could lead healthier lifestyles, but our efforts to make improvements often fail because we try to change too many aspects at once. The best way to add healthy habits into your day is to start with just one. You could try to cut down on or quit smoking, drink more water, eat more fruit and vegetables, go for a walk every other day or get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Once you’ve engrained one habit into your routine, you can look at adding another.
Write Down a Goal
It often helps to physically write down a more long-term goal. For example, you could decide that you want to have saved a certain amount of money in 6 months’ time, or written at least 4 chapters of your first novel. Set yourself some objectives which are challenging but realistic and as you meet each of them, you’ll be filled with renewed motivation for the next milestone.