“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.” – G.K. Chesterton
It’s 2019, and there’s no better time to start with a bang! Setting the right intentions and focus for the new year begins with ensuring the first few weeks are a positive, productive and super rewarding time.
From there the rest of the year will flow easier.
If our well-being is the priority, we can spend the next few weeks sorting out some common issues that many of us face. If you're experiencing low energy levels, poor sleep, brain fog and generally feeling 6/10 when you know it's possible to feel 10/10 - then these 7 ways are going to set you up for an epic year ahead!
1. Reflect on the past year
Upon revisiting and evaluating the resolutions you made for 2018, you might be surprised to see you have achieved more than you thought you had. When we get caught up in the stress and logistics of life, it's easy to let our personal growth and accomplishments slip by unnoticed. Beginning the new year with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for all the ups and downs, surprises, and opportunities - so over the coming weeks, try to find some time for reflection. Taking the time to reflect and journal can help us reconnect and refocus on what we want in life. Let's start the new year with clarity and conviction!
2. Freshen up your routines
“We don’t rise to the level of our goals; we fall to the level of our systems."
If you've strayed away over the last few months, it's time to get some routine back and start this year feeling epic! Perhaps you'd like to freshen up with a new healthy habit, a different workout routine, or even a new product to support your wellness journey. Starting the year with some solid routines and rituals in place gives us a solid foundation for setting new goals for the year ahead - so in amongst all the fun and festivities that the new year brings, let's commit to a little self-practice and start the year strong!
3. Cleanse and detox
After a season of overindulgences, a little cleanse, or detox is an excellent way to find some balance around this time of year. There are many options when it comes to cleansing and detoxifying our internal systems, which include juicing, intermittent fasting and supplementing with herbs and alkalising botanicals.
Regular cleansing can increase our energy levels, improve our mental clarity, boost our immune system, reduce unhealthy cravings, help us lose some visceral (toxic) fat, help with recovery and performance, and even balance our hormones.
Although a cleanse can seem like a bit of a chore when your mind can be distracted by the usual hustle and bustle of the new year, it's so worth the effort! If feeling incredibly healthy and balanced appeals to you, then you won't regret doing a start-of-year detox.
4. Prioritise amazing nutrition
Healthy eating is all about nourishment, not deprivation. Let's make sure our bodies are getting everything they need to function optimally and truly thrive.
Start the year strong by intentionally and consistently providing your body with the building blocks it needs to reach your highest level of health and vitality - that means no fad diets!
Choose plant-based nutritional supplements and locally-sourced organic whole foods. If you prioritise nutrition over the coming weeks, your body will thank you for it - and you'll finish the year looking and feeling strong!
5. Make changes to your space
Just as we can refresh our routines, we can freshen up our space. Set your bedroom up for great sleep with some lush new bedding; create some art to raise the vibe in your living room; or declutter and organise your kitchen before diving into some healthy, new food creations. Connect to the energy of your home and discover how something as simple as changing your space can have a fantastic ripple effect throughout many facets of life.
6. Budget well
After what is usually an expensive time of year with gifts, travel, outings and events that all add up very quickly, it can be easy (and maybe a little fun) to get swept up in a spending spree, though no one wants to continue the new year broke and stressed about money.
If we start 2019 looking after our money carefully, we'll feel safe and well supported to start kicking those big goals!
Mindful spending can be as simple as keeping a written record of every purchase, big or small. Record what you bought, why you bought it, and how much it cost - and you'll soon find yourself spending your money more mindfully and intentionally.
7. Cultivate stress management systems
Let's face it - this time of year can get pretty stressful with all the things that a new year brings! So - if you're yet to establish a stress management practice, now is a great time to start.
There are many ways to support our minds and bodies through times of stress - from daily meditation and journaling to mindful movement and nutritional supplementation.
Adaptogens are herbs, mushrooms and other plant medicines which help the body adapt to physical, mental and emotional stress.
Supplementing with these powerful plants is known to increase energy levels, help us feel more balanced, handle stress better, get more restful sleep, recover faster after exercise, and enjoy razor-sharp mental clarity.
Maca is a native Peruvian herbal adaptogen with very powerful properties. It has been traditionally used to help balance the hormones in both men and women, leading to many health benefits.
Add Tropeaka Maca to your smoothies to de-stress and start 2019 feeling healthy and balanced!
Can you think of anyone who might benefit from receiving this article? In the spirit of continuing the holiday gift-giving, share this list with your good vibe tribe and have the happiest new year together!