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At this time of year, it’s easy to fall into the trap of big resolutions and goals that are really not attainable alongside working, raising a family and general life. If anything, setting yourself the goal to do sunrise yoga every day will just leave you disappointed when you can’t because your child has woken up too early. However, there are many things you can do to make yourself feel happier, lighter and more positive that are achievable in everyday, busy life.

 

Be involved

We are all so busy and usually have a million things on our minds so it’s easy sometimes to get caught up in our own heads. Learn to be in the room. People with strong relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. When you have a busy life maintaining relationships can seem like an impossible feat but try to make more time for the people you love. Spend more time playing with the kids, chatting with a friend or spending time with your parents. A small goal to try for the new year is to try and make three new connections every time you’re out and about. Chat to the person serving you, speak to the person you do not talk to at work or say hello to a neighbour. The small things can really make a difference.

 

Random Acts of Kindness

Helping others, or simply just being kind is not only good for them but it’s good for you too. You don’t have to spend any money, but giving people your time, attention or energy can make a real difference to your day and theirs. Offer to help, smile at a stranger, give away your change. Do a small act of kindness that will make the world a slightly more joyful place.

 

Learn something new

Most of us as we get older stop trying new things. There are plenty of positive reasons to learn or try something new later in life. Your brain chemistry actually changes when you learn something new to make you more proficient, as you learn, your body makes more myelin which is brain tissue that helps your performance.

 

Learn when to disconnect

We live in a world where it’s harder to disconnect than it should be. Take time before bed to read, watch a movie, have a bath, do a short yoga video. Do something small every day that can disconnect you from whatever is on your phone. Take some time to connect with yourself. Spending some time on your own and learning to be comfortable alone is something that most of us struggle with in this modern age. As Rupi Kaur said “how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you”.

 

Tidy Home, Tidy Mind

It seems too simple to say that keeping your house in order can keep your life in order. Simple things like doing the dishes, putting the kids toys away, folding laundry or cleaning the bathroom can make you feel accomplished. Sit back in your newly clean house with a candle lit and enjoy the work you’ve done.

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