After yet another Covid-centric year, many of us have made resolutions or set goals to ensure that 2022 is filled with better days. With the new year underway, you may be focused on adopting healthier habits, improving your financial situation, or simply finding more joy in your daily life. Keeping those resolutions can be challenging no matter how large or small they are, and we thought you’d appreciate some encouragement to keep you on-track.
Stop Self Sabotaging
2022 isn’t even a month old, yet many a resolution has already been discarded based on the negative things we think and occasionally say out loud about ourselves. Changing a long-term habit takes work and time, and if you’re constantly saying, “I can’t do it,” or “I knew this wouldn’t work,” you may unconsciously sabotage your efforts. Try to recognize when you’re starting to put yourself down and give yourself permission to be human.
Reset Your Milestones
The beautiful thing about resolutions is that you can modify them or start over entirely if your initial approach isn’t working. Many people resolve to take better care of themselves, but without defining what “better care” means, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and give up. Try making a list of the exact things you want to achieve and break everything down into doable tasks, like committing 30 minutes each day to self-care or prepping ingredients on the weekend to make healthier weeknight meals less stressful.
Use Aromatherapy to Boost Your Positivity
Since scent is one the most powerful senses, surround yourself with fragrance that calms, focuses, or invigorates your spirit. Diffusers, candles, aromatic personal care items, and take-along parfums do more than just make things smell better. Depending on their formulation, they can improve your concentration, mood, and overall state of mind, which is key for attaining success and meeting your personal goals.
Stock Up on Inspiration
Everybody lacks inspiration from time to time, which explains the boom in motivational smartphone apps. You can livestream a power yoga or high intensity interval training (HIIT) class, get fitness videos on-demand, and receive your daily mindfulness exercises on-the-fly. Many smartwatches and activity monitors even buzz at select intervals to remind you to get moving or give you celebratory kudos for achieving a daily or hourly goal.
Acknowledge and Reward Your Progress
Remember getting gold stars in elementary school for doing something well? Atta-boys (and atta-girls) go a long way toward encouraging future progress where goals are concerned, so remember to acknowledge your wins, even the small ones. If you’ve resolved to turn off your phone, computer, or tablet in the evening in order to get more rejuvenating sleep, set aside a few self-care minutes before settling in and reward yourself in the morning by turning your shower into a spa experience with a skin-loving shower gel enriched with ingredients like fruit extracts and ginseng that soften and tone the skin or a long-lasting, triple cold-milled soap in a refreshing new scent.
Wishing you a happy, healthy 2022!