New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping
It’s those first sparkling days of the New Year, and our hearts are full with the endless possibilities that come with this fresh start. The turning of a New Year is a time to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how much we have yet to achieve. If you’re like us, you’ve probably set multiple resolutions over the years – some proudly accomplished and others long forgotten.
Most people set New Year’s resolutions, but the problem is – they don’t keep them. Psychologists say that resolutions have a shelf-life of only two weeks, and research shows that only 8% of people achieve the goal they’ve set. Despite the stats, we’re not ones to give up. Our belief for successful goal-setting is to keep it simple, measurable and meaningful. Choose a few that you really care about, and watch as the change moves from effort to habit.
Below, some ideas we believe are worth sticking with, for 2020 and beyond:
Often, the most ignored person in our busy lives is ourselves. We’ll take the time to cheer up an upset friend, but can’t bring the same compassion to our own lives. Self-love isn’t just a buzzword – it’s a mindset that’s worth cultivating, with proven benefits on mental health and stress levels. The easiest way to practice it is to become conscious of your inner dialogue – the things you repeatedly say to yourself, without even noticing. The next time you find yourself criticising your appearance or work output, take a step back and try to point out the good instead of the bad. Become your own best friend, cheerleader and motivator.
*TAKE* a Digital Detox
This isn’t new information, but most of us are severely addicted to our devices. Chances are, you’re probably reading this on your iPhone, in a day full of scrolling. Our digital selves are an inextricable part of our identity, but it’s important to stay in tune with the present moment. Set a goal that works for you – whether that’s not using your phone during meals, reducing your overall screen time, or setting an Instagram curfew.
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*BE* a Better Listener
The next time you ask someone, “How are you?”, make an effort to really listen before you respond. It’s easy to get caught up in our own storyline – but everyone’s lives are just as busy and complex. The basis for all learning and growth comes from curiously and consciously listening to others. Listening allows us to expand our world view, gain new information and experience things we never have before.
*MINIMISE* Waste: Buy Sustainably
At Himêya, we’re committed to sustainable, conscious manufacturing, in line with a shift towards conscious buying. As cohabitants of planet Earth during this tumultuous period of climate change, it’s more important than ever to be environmentally responsible. Choose to buy only the essentials, reduce fast-fashion purchases, or set in place a recycling system at home – every bit counts towards our collective human goal.
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