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New Year, New Opportunities

December 30, 2020

Chef Kaylee from Kaylee's Eatery enjoying the smaller things in life.
Chef Kaylee, enjoying the smaller things in life.

To say 2020 has been stressful is an understatement. Now that the New Year is approaching, I would like to share my tips for a happy and healthier year ahead! Us humans are so often planning for the future that we tend to forget to be present in the moment. 2020 has shown me that sometimes your future plans don’t always go as expected, and we often need to be flexible. I believe in taking life day-by-day and focusing on what small steps you can take each day for a happier and healthier you. I will call these my daily resolutions.

1.    Be Kind to Yourself. We are truly our harshest critics. Living with yourself 24/7 and constantly pushing yourself down can be exhausting. It’s time to become your own best friend. Ask yourself if you would like to be friends with someone who speaks to you the way you speak to yourself? Honestly, there are times I definitely would not but being aware of this makes it easier to stop this negative behavior. I truly believe that the way we treat ourselves reflects the way we treat others and the energy we bring into the world. 

2.    Take It Easy – This year has been stressful, so don’t worry if you didn’t do all the things you said you would do this year. You’re doing great and you’ve made it through one of the most difficult years. If that’s all you did this year, then well done! Take each day as it comes and celebrate the small wins, like making your bed or cooking yourself a fancy dinner.

3.    Make a List – Often we get overwhelmed with everything we have to do. Whenever I get overwhelmed, I make a list. This sounds so simple, but it really is an amazing tool. Get yourself a notepad and bring it everywhere with you. Anytime you remember something you have to do, write it down. The most satisfying feeling is ticking off your tasks, trust me.

4.    Be Grateful – Being grateful sounds simple enough but it’s actually a muscle we have to train on a daily basis. It’s human nature for our thoughts to focus on what’s going wrong in our lives. You have to make a conscious decision to focus on the good. Did you know that gratitude has been scientifically proven to strengthen your immune system, improve your relationships and make you happier?  

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn. 

5.    Get Out in Nature – Did you know that being in nature can make you happier, reduce stress, and improve overall wellbeing? We are spending more time online and indoors than ever before. You don’t have to find a mountain to be happy. Start small, take off your shoes, walk on the ground and feel the earth between your toes. Breath in the fresh air and absorb some sunlight, which increases your vitamin D and dopamine levels.

6.    Declutter Your Space – When you live in a state of constant clutter and mess, it’s easy to immediately feel stressed and anxious. It’s proven that decluttering your space can improve your wellbeing. My tip when decluttering is to ask yourself if you need this item, or are you ever going to wear it again? If not, donate it, throw it away or give it to a friend or family member.

7.    Spend Time With People Who Lift You Up – Jim Rohn once said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If you are constantly hanging around people who have a negative energy or are toxic to you, it is likely that you will absorb that energy. The sample applies to surrounding yourself with positive people who want the best for you. You will feed off their positivity, thus improving your overall wellbeing. 

8.    Limit Your Time on Social Media – There’s an overwhelming amount of information right now. Not only do we see it on our TVs, but now we’re seeing it through our social media feeds. It’s so easy for us to compare our lives to those perfect Instagram and Pinterest feeds. Social media pictures can be misleading as they are edited to perfection and tend to only show the good. They don’t show the fights, the stress, and the beautiful imperfections of life. It really is true that comparison is the killer of joy. One easy way to stop this behavior is to spend less time on social media and unfollow toxic people. Maybe just follow cute dogs and vegan food? 

9.    Get Plenty of Sleep – We all know that we should get more sleep, but why? A lack of sleep at night can make you cranky the next day. Not only does a lack of sleep affect your mood, but studies show that getting enough sleep on a regular basis can help improve your overall health, from your blood sugar levels to your immune system.

10.  Lastly, Eat Some Veggies- The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually pretty accurate. Fruits and vegetables are full of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Eating more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, and certain cancers.

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