This year I’ve decided to forget about resolutions and focus on being happier, less anxious, focus on the positive and simply enjoy the little things in life. On this rainy afternoon, taking a little break from work with a hot chocolate, I found an article on the thought catalog about “26 tiny things you need to start doing for yourself right now” and I loved it. I selected my favorite things but read the full article here.
- Use good-quality moisturizer on your face every morning, every night, or, if you live in a dry, cold climate, both.
- Unfollow all of the Instagram accounts and Facebook friends that make you feel like shit. Unsubscribe to all of the random-ass e-newsletters that show up in your inbox even though you don’t remember signing up for them.
- Set aside time to just sit by yourself and be silent. Schedule yourself into your day. Use the time alone to meditate, read, breathe, take a bath, or, if you’re really exhausted, to take a nap.
- Write down what you’re going to accomplish at the beginning of every work day (or the night before, if it will help you sleep better).
- Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. You don’t need to only ingest health foods, but make a conscious effort to drink a lot of water, and balance out your meals.
- Save more money. You don’t have to aggressively save every month, but make a conscious effort to give yourself a savings goal, and then try to meet it. At the end of each month, evaluate whether you actually followed through.
- Stop to smell the flowers when someone is selling them at your local market.
- Reading one article per day that you really enjoy.
- Assess your flaws on a regular basis. Realize what you’re doing wrong. Keep your own behavior in check.
- But don’t be too hard on yourself. When you’re incredibly harsh on someone, realize that you could’ve approached the situation in a kinder way. When you put in a really hard day of work and not everything goes according to plan, don’t beat yourself up over it.
- Look nice on days when you have nothing special going on. You don’t always have to dress up for a date, or an important meeting. You don’t need to dress up just for the compliments. Pick a day, and dress up because you wanted to look good.
- Buy quality ingredients at the grocery store so that you’re excited about the food you’re cooking for dinner. Nothing brightens up a meal like pesto, good bread, or a fresh vegetable.
- Get a lot of sleep when you’re not feeling well. Stop running yourself into the ground when your body feels weak, you have a bad headache, or you feel a cold coming on. Listen to your body and get into bed. Make yourself some tea. Have some Vitamin C.
- Take a workout class you feel completely ridiculous signing up for. Try hip hop, zumba, or kickboxing. If you can’t get a friend to do it with you, just be brave and go alone.
- Smile at little kids. Smile at adults. Stop pursing your lips at strangers who are walking on the wrong side of the street. All you’re doing is giving yourself premature wrinkles.
- Sit up straight.
- When you’re listening to someone talk, actually listen. You will get so much more out of your experiences with people if you’re fully engaged, instead of only half-listening while you think about what you’re going to say next.
What do you think? These are really tiny things that I’m sure will make a big difference on a day to day basis.