5 Big Changes to Make in 2019

Jan. 7, 2019Ask just about anyone what their New Year’s Resolutions are for 2019 and they’ll likely answer with at least one of the following:

  1. Exercise
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized

Time and again, these are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. A new year rolls around and we hope to change the aspects of ourselves we feel are lacking. But what about looking at the big picture? While the three resolutions above are noble pursuits, why not tackle your wellbeing at a holistic level with intentions that could transform more than the number on the scale or the tidiness of your closets? Why not make 2019 the best year yet with changes you’ll actually enjoy? Today we’re sharing 5 big changes to make for the new year — changes that will better you, your loved ones and your environment, all in one fell swoop. Ready to make this the best year yet? Read on:

1 — Make Friends With Meditation

If you’re not yet incorporating meditation into your regular routine — what’s holding you back? We’ve shared the benefits of meditation before — the practice is believed to support everything from combatting anxiety to lowering blood pressure to actually helping to positively re-wire your brain — but, like many healthy changes, there’s a big difference between wanting to meditate and actually meditating. If you’ve yet to hop on the meditation bandwagon, why not make 2019 your year? Carve out five minutes to sit quietly and breathe — either just after waking or right before bed (or even after you’ve had your lunch) — and if even 5 minutes feels like an eternity, try using an app, like Calm or Headspace, to help you along if needed. Still need convincing? Check out Dan brown’s account of discovering meditation and finally making it work for him in the book 10% Happier — if that doesn’t convince you to give meditation a go, we’re not sure what will!

2 — Perfect Your Morning Routine

While you’re working meditation into your day, the beginning of a new year is also the perfect time to create a morning routine that works for you. 2018 was THE year for the morning routine — with everyone from instagram influencers to inspirational speakers extolling the benefits of a streamlined and mindful morning — and they’re not wrong. Creating a morning routine can boost productivity, ease stress, and help support happiness overall by setting the tone for the day ahead. Think about it… what sounds better: Hitting snooze until the last possible minute, leaping out of bed and rushing to work with no breakfast and barely time to brush your teeth or getting the right amount of sleep, rising with the sun and having enough time to not only make coffee and breakfast but fit in your 5-10 minute meditation (maybe even adding a run or trip to the gym in there…). The answer should be pretty clear and the best part? A great morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated but it does require one thing: adequate sleep. If you find yourself hitting ‘snooze’ one too many times, it may be time to revisit when you’re going to bed. This year, let’s all opt for taking care of ourselves. Drink water, get some sleep, and make your mornings work for you.

3 — Opt outside

Another game-changer when it comes to health? Enjoying the great outdoors. Instead of dreaming of one day learning how to kayak, rock climb, paddle board or backpack long distances — take the steps to do it! Studies have shown that getting outdoor to enjoy fresh air and nature has profound effects on our physical and emotional health and wellbeing, including lowered levels of stress and even improvements for children and adults with ADHD. Becoming more intune with nature can help you become more in tune with yourself and ease the tension caused by our over-packed lives. Not only that, but trying something new in nature, like a new sport or activity, is a great way to connect with others IRL. Check out Meetup.org for local outdoors groups or check out outdoor discovery classes offered locally. Do you have an outdoorsy friend you admire? Ask for their tips for getting your feet wet or plan a beginner’s adventure you’ll both enjoy. There’s no time like the present to leave couch potato tendencies behind in favor of something more exciting!

4 — Create Your Comfort Zone

While you’re stepping out of your internal comfort zone as you embrace nature, why not take a look at your personal space and step in to comfort at home? Life’s too short to not feel comfort and connection while you’re in your home or apartment. 2017 and 2018 saw a rise in Hygge — the Danish lifestyle trend pronounced ‘hoo-guh’ — which encouraged us to invest in soft blankets, pillows, lots of candles and anything else that screamed “cozy”, essentially turning our homes into inviting nests of comfort we’d never want to leave. But whether you enjoy the Hygge approach or prefer hard-lined minimalism, choosing a home decor style that works for you is what’s important. Instead of putting it off, invest in your space this year to invest in your at-home wellbeing.

5 — Nurture Your Relationships

Want to be happier? Connect with someone in real life. We know, social media is so much easier, but with more and more of us spending increasing amounts of time connecting through our phones, the art of the IRL connection is slowly being lost. Instead of sending the same old emojis to the ones you love, why not make 2019 the year you put in the work to create meaningful bonds? Write a letter to a long-lost friend, make a plan — and keep it — to meet your pal for coffee, reach out to family. However you do it, nurturing your relationships can lead to feelings of happiness and fulfillment — feelings that social media often actually diminishes. And with studies coming out warning against the perils of loneliness, it’s become increasingly important to nurture connection and community in a time when most of us are reaching yet again for our phones.

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Julie O'Boyle

By Julie O'Boyle

 —  Julie O'Boyle is a freelance writer and content strategist with a background in fashion and DIY and a devotion to the outdoors and functional nutrition. Currently residing in the woods of Maine, when she's not writing you can find her at the beach or on a mountain, or otherwise getting her hands dirty.

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