New Year’s resolutions are often big-picture plans, goals and intentions we set for the whole year that lies ahead. But how do we get from here to there?
Social media sites often feature hashtags that encourage us to think in a certain way on particular days of the week. That approach can help you put your resolution into practice in concrete yet slightly varied ways. It can also serve as a reinforcement and a reminder to infuse each day with an aspect of your positive lifestyle. Try these suggestions to get started.
Sometimes your “get-up-and-go” can feel a smidge sluggish on a Monday morning. Spend some time thinking about what you’d like to focus on today. What will motivate you to enter the week with energy and joy?
When is the best time to learn something new? Anytime! When you make a routine of trying something new—changing up your walking route, sampling a new cuisine, signing up for a class or anything else that you’re interested in trying—you bring a refreshing influx of energy into your day and week.
Some people call Wednesday “Hump Day” because it lands right in the middle of the week. If you’re feeling your energy lag as the week goes on, set your sights on doing something that will bring you a sense of well-being and peace. Taking the time to prepare a fresh meal, doing a fun fitness routine, sinking into a hot, bubbly tub or simply taking 10 slow, deep breaths can set you back on a positive path.
The new year follows the season of gratitude for friends, family and faith—but the thankfulness doesn’t have to stop at the stroke of midnight. Take time each Thursday to express gratitude to someone whose efforts—large or small—make a positive difference in your life. You’ll both be enriched by the pleasure of giving thanks.
Friday Fun Day
You did it—lived another week with positive intention and self-reflection! Celebrate by planning something fun for yourself. Tuck a little note of encouragement in your desk for you to find when you need a lift. Turn on some music and boogie in the living room. Meet up with a friend. Put on a favorite flick. Whatever sounds like fun to you today will end your week on a positive, upbeat note.