The week between Christmas and New Year is always a bit of a strange one – the Christmas buzz is still lingering, wrapping paper still occupies a third of your house (is that just me?) and nobody is quite sure what day it is!
This year, it all feels a little bittersweet as we head into another New Year with Covid restrictions hanging over our heads. New Year plans have been cancelled right across the country and the headlines are dominated with news of what we can’t do.
I haven’t seen statistics on anxiety this year but I’d be willing to bet it has skyrocketed. That’s what happens when your brain is flooded with bad news constantly. If you have been feeling more anxious than usual, I want to tell you that it’s okay – you are not alone and it will not last forever. I think we are all desperate to be getting on with our lives and I think a lot of us had hoped that life would be back to ‘normal’ by now.
That being said, just because we are in an undesirable situation doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of it and have the best 2022 because we absolutely can and I am going to give you some tips on how to do just that!
1. Turn off the news
If you haven’t done this already, please do it now. I am serious. Unfollow all the news channels and newspapers on social media and whatever you do, stay away from the news on TV. I couldn’t tell you the last time (if ever) that the news reported anything good. The media that you consume has a massive impact on how you feel and if you’ve been feeling anything less than 100% incredible, turn it off. I know, I know, you’ve got FOMO (fear of missing out) but trust me, this is going to make an instant difference to your life. If you are in the habit of sitting down and watching the news at 6pm every single day, try reading a book instead. Here are 5 I recommend:
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
The 5am Club – Robin Sharma
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
Just F*cking Do It – Noor Hibbert
2. Set your goals and intentions
I don’t like to talk about New Year’s Resolutions because they are notoriously dropped after January. So instead of resolutions, I am going to talk about goals and intentions.
I want you to think of every goal and intention as a promise to yourself and if you are constantly breaking promises you make to yourself, I want you to stop that today.
This one requires a bit of thought and a bit of time so do this when you have some peace and quite and time to yourself.
Things you will need to do this: Alone time, a pen, paper and a cuppy
If you’ve never done this before, it might seem difficult to start with but stick with it, trust the process.
First, I want you to reflect on 2021. Think about everything that has happened – good and bad. All the things you’ve done and didn’t get to do. The people you’ve surrounded yourself with. How you have felt. What was perfect and what you’d do differently. What you achieved and what you’d like to improve on. I want you to write these down.
If there is anything in your 2021 list that you didn’t get round to or want to continue building on, move these into a list for 2022 and that’s your starting point.
Now build it out from there. What will you do in 2022? Who will you be? How will you feel? What will you achieve? These can be personal and professional goals and intentions.
Note: Not all goals on your list have to be achieved in 2022, you could have long term goals that you are working towards but still get them on there.
To make your goals and intentions even more solid, use your list to create a vision board and put it somewhere you see it every day. Take time out of your day to imagine how it will feel when you achieve the things on your board. If you want more guidance on creating a vision board, this is Oprah’s advice.
3. Move more
Exercise is so important, not only for physical health but for mental health too. That doesn’t mean I am telling you to go sit in a gym for an hour every day – unless that’s what you enjoy, of course. Simply move more than you do currently.
Get out for a walk, take up cycling, do yoga, swim, the possibilities are endless. Just move more. This is especially important if you have a sedentary job and/or spend long hours sitting down. Daily walks will save you hours on the Chiropractors bed in years to come – I promise!
4. Eat well
It is true what they say, you are what you eat. Figuratively speaking of course. When you put rubbish in your body, you will feel rubbish. The problem is most people don’t realise they feel rubbish because it is normal to them. It is not until you do start eating better and feeling better that you realise.
I speak to women all the time who think they eat a healthy diet but proceed to list foods that I know are causing them issues such as inflammation, lethargy, IBS, etc. There is so much conflicting advice out there about what is good for you and what is not, it's nobody's fault that they struggle to make heads or tails of it.
I have made it my mission to break this down for women in a way that is easy to understand. I create meal plans for the clients on my Feel Look Be programme so they don’t have to think about what to choose but, I back this up with science backed education so that in the future, they can make informed choices and look after their health.
5. Personal growth
This one is so important and encompasses all of the points above but goes way beyond that. You need to make yourself a priority. I know that can be difficult sometimes. Especially when you’re used to putting everybody else’s needs first.
As women, we are so used to putting ourselves last and sometimes, neglecting ourselves altogether that for many of us, this is the norm. We make excuses like “I’m too busy” when in reality, we just haven’t made ourselves a priority.
Don’t get me wrong here, we have all gotten very good at being busy (a problem within itself) but, with 24 hours in the day, if we can’t take 1 to prioritise ourselves, we have a bigger problem than being busy.
I am a single mum and a business owner, I too sometimes struggle to prioritise myself but, I made a promise to myself that I would so I show up every single day. Stagnating is not an option for me and I don’t want that for you either.
Personal growth can look different for everybody, the key word being ‘personal’. The important thing is that it is right for you. Make sure your goals and intentions from tip 2 reflect your personal growth journey.
If you follow these 5 steps, you are going to feel like a brand-new person in no time at all.
So, in short, the secret to making 2022 the best year yet is to make you the best version of yourself yet.
That doesn’t mean rubbish things won’t still happen but, when they do, you will be better equipped both mentally and physically to deal with them.
You will radiate positivity and attract a life you’ve only dreamed of.
Feel Look Be...The Detox
On the 10th of January, me and hundreds of women from around the world are officially starting our January detox.
We will be eating delicious clean food that promotes good health, a clear mind, improved concentration and acts as a natural immune booster.
We will be practicing daily (mon-fri) yoga and getting our steps in with daily walks. Movement is so important for physical and mental health.
We will be working on our mindset together in live mindset sessions, from my sofa to yours.
We will be goal and intention setting, reflecting and working on our vision for the year ahead.
You will be learning about how your body works, how the food you eat affects your body and your health and what you can do to reverse damage already done.
AND, we are going to have a tonne of fun inbetween.
If you are serious about your health and want to Feel Look Be your way to AMAZING this 2022, join us here.