This article was updated on 1/5/2024.
With everything that is going on in the world nowadays, it sometimes feels increasingly difficult to find new and better ways to start fresh in the new year.
While cleaning out your physical space has been proven to improve your mental health, there exist many other methods to help clear your mind and start this year with a renewed outlook.
Here are 5 unique tips for a fresh start in 2024!
Tip #1: Mindful Eating
Before the pandemic, when we were all rushing to our next class, to an appointment, or to work, eating might have felt like an automatic or even tedious act.
Now, researchers are noting the effects of the “Quarantine 15”, the weight gain many people experienced as a result of the pandemic.
If this year you plan to work or study remotely, you should skip the fad diets and instead opt for the kinder, more attentive realm of mindful eating.
Grounded in the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, mindful eating consists of a variety of ways in which you can strive to be more observant of how, when, and why you eat.
Whether it’s eating slower or recognizing the distinct taste of your food, you can learn to slow down and grow a greater sense of appreciation for not only the food you eat but also the ritual of eating.
This doesn’t mean that you need to give up your morning coffee or stop munching on your favorite brand of chips.
Mindful eating instead encourages you to pause for a moment, really taste your coffee or chips, enjoy it, and continue on with your day.
By paying attention to how we eat, we can all learn to focus more on these little moments and find a grander purpose in them.
Tip #2: Move Your Body
In addition to mindful eating, it’s just as important to be mindful of your body and find ways to exercise it!
From starting a rigorous at-home workout to performing desk exercises, below are a few fresh ways to get your blood pumping.
Searching for workouts of which there are a plethora of possibilities.
Including glute bridges, sumo squats, and plenty more, the article introduces all the ways you can start an easy, active routine.
It’s been proven how much yoga has done to relieve stress and anxiety.
Its principles are also founded on philosophies similar to the Buddhist mindfulness mentioned above, so combining yoga routines with mindful eating is sure to prepare your mind and body for the new year.
So, roll out your yoga mats or find a comfortable, flat surface, and get your yoga game on!
Is starting a full-out workout or yoga routine too much of a commitment?
No worries, there’s a reason why gym membership attendance drops significantly into the new year.
Since you’re at your desk, try these quick and easy desk exercises during class or work breaks.
You can stretch out your wrists to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome or, if you have a swivel chair, work out your abs by turning your chair left and right!
Tip #3: Clear Your Mind for a fresh start
With social media piling up on hundreds of the latest news stories, it’s difficult to find space for yourself, even in your own mind.
For a fresh start to the new year, pull out that notebook or journal that’s been hiding on your bookshelf, and journal it out!
Not only can journaling help to improve your mental health, but taking the time to write can allow space for you to critically reflect on this past year.
What did you learn in 2023? What have you been struggling with? What dreams do you have for the new year?
Writing it all down can help you untangle all of the complicated emotions that you may have been struggling with, and enter the new year with a fresher, more positive outlook.
Tip #4: Purposeful Content Consumption
We are all definitely guilty of binging two seasons of a Netflix show or diving into an endless Internet rabbit hole.
Purposeful content consumption works along the same lines as mindful eating by learning to pay more attention to what content we are watching, reading, or listening to.
As we enter the new year, strive to diversify the media or content that you usually watch without a second thought.
It is known that the Internet, and social media specifically, has been prone to causing political and social polarization.
In simpler terms, consuming only certain kinds of content can lead you to think a certain way (i.e. watching only cat videos and none of the amazing dog videos could lead you to believe that dogs are really not that great).
So, push yourself to learn about the other sides, and maybe you can develop some empathy along the way!
Tip #5: Reach Out & Remind Others That You Care
Start fresh in all of your friendships and relationships by making it an active goal to be more attentive to all the people you care about in your life.
2023 was the year when we learned to be more grateful for our loved ones, so put it into action!
Send a message to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, or call your mom and ask about her day.
By making it a habit to consistently check in with others, we solidify our relationships with them as well.
After all, humans are social creatures, and research has shown that social connections are key to our well-being!
While this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the ways you can enter 2024 new and improved, these tips are sure to help in redirecting your perspective of how you can change things up.
Whether it’s practicing mindfulness or starting little desk exercises, continue to be gentle and kind with yourself and all your new year’s resolutions.
We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, after all, and it’s just as important to take a day or two off for some self-care and self-love!
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