I hope you all had a perfect Christmas, even though it's always over before we know it! My day was filled with coffee, chocolate and a lot of chill time. It was certainly what I needed, surrounded by laughter and the best roast dinner of my life - we had duck if you were wondering!
Today, I thought I'd share with you ways you can become the best version of yourself. As the New Year is approaching, now seems the perfect time to discuss how we can become better than ever before and enter 2016 the best way possible - so here goes.
Self-care is an obvious one, but sometimes we need a little gentle reminder to care for ourselves. We need to be open to changes, and listen to our mind and body. Eating well and exercising regularly and being active will increase your overall happiness, whilst boosting your energy. Look after yourself, treat your body with pamper nights and the odd indulgence. Learn to love yourself, and you will thank yourself for it!
This is an idea I've been toying with recently and no, I am not telling you to stop eating meat! It's just a lifestyle choice that I think is beneficial, and something I'm going to look into further. I understand that it is healthier for your body to consume plant based ingredients due to the fats and chemicals found in meat. And clearly, there are issues with animal abuse and ethical issues, yet I am still uncertain about this route. Do let me know your thoughts about becoming a veggie!
3. Happy thoughts and happy minds
"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely"
- I have always loved this quote and Roald Dahl, of course! It couldn't speak more truth; being positive and trying to stay happy is such a fundamental way to be the best that you can be. Be open minded, seek a new perspective and look on the bright side!
4. Kindness is key
Always be kind and try your best to avoid being judgmental, conceited or condescending. We're all humans, you will benefit greatly if you're kind and you will be rewarded for your actions.
5. Surround yourself with positive beings
We all know that being around someone who is unhappy and pessimistic will bring you down to their level and transfer negative vibes. Bad energy can easily spread and it is up to you to be around positive people who support and push you up!
6. Be grateful for everything
Sometimes it is hard to be grateful and take a step back to appreciate the life you live, the roof over your head, your parents, and the opportunities you have been able to grab. But once you do so you will realise how these things; big or small have made such a wonderful impact on your life. It's also important to be grateful of the low times as they have probably made you a stronger person.
7. Set yourself goals and follow your dreams
Setting yourself goals, writing lists and reaching for your dreams can make you a more positive and motivated person. Organisation and commitment will get you to where you want to be and there's nothing wrong with having a crazy dream as long as you work hard for it!
8. Do something for someone else every day
It's the little things. Whether it's making someone a cup of tea (who doesn't want that?) or travelling four hours to surprise your best friend - you'll feel happy you did it.
9. Be aware of nature
Appreciate the world around you, it's easy to forget what an incredible world we live in. Be mindful and take time to explore nature, stare up into the sky, question the solar system, the Big Bang; after all it's pretty damn crazy and we only have one life (or do we dum dum dum!) so live it the best way possible.
10. Material objects won't make you happy: travel and experience will
It's scientifically proven that material objects don't make you happy, perhaps for a small amount of time but the one thing which will make us happy most of all are experiences. Travel to the places you have always wanted to see, experience things you would never have dreamed of experiencing and live for the moment. Take a step away from technology and luxuries that don't even matter. And if you don't like where you are, move. You are not a tree.
Are you excited for 2016?