Happy New Year lovers! If you are anything like me I still can't believe we are through 2017. I mean it feels like just yesterday that I was writing my new years resolutions for 2017. Though, while I still can't believe time flew by that fast... I love the start of a new year. The start of a new year is a chance for a clean slate, fresh ideas, and clearing of the mind for positive thinking. Personally, I love the new year because it gives me a chance to look back at the past year and reflect on things that I have accomplished, what I want to leave behind, and what I want to manifest in the new year.
One way that I love to start the new year, is by detoxing. Now I am not talking about the starve yourself and drink solely juice for a week; I am talking about a life cleanse! That stretch between going home after finals and new years eve is truly a bender; endless coffee dates to stay warm, hours on social media aimlessly scrolling, family feasts, etc. As we step into the new year, I think it is important to start off on the right foot. Below are a few of my favorite ways to cleanse.
Enjoy XX B
NUMBER 1: PUT DOWN THAT COFFEE!
Okay I know what you are thinking.... another post about drinking more water.... STOP I KNOW! I am not saying you need to drop caffeine all together because I am the first to admit that I need a little caffeine in my day to feel like a real human.. but instead of starting your day immediately with coffee, have a glass of hot water with a lemon and in the afternoon add a cucumber for a refreshing feel. Sometimes I find that if I have a large water bottle with me I feel forced to drink more water, so if you are like me maybe bring a water bottle full when you head off to class or work and make it your goal to finish it by a certain time. My goal recently has been to drink a liter before 10 am.. that way I can still have my morning coffee. My challenge for January is to only have one cup of coffee a day... we shall see how that goes lol.
NUMBER 2: EARLY TO BED...EARLY TO RISE
After all of the holiday time, it might sound crazy to suggest catch up on your sleep because you probably have been getting more sleep than ever... but personally I am the earliest of risers and can't sleep in for the life of me. So if I stayed up a little later than usual the night before , that will not affect what time I wake up unfortunately... so here I am in the new year behind on sleep! There are so many benefits of going to bed earlier and getting those solid 8 hours of sleep. The next day you are more likely to accomplish those tasks on your to do list.. your skin will feel better... you brain will have more energy, and overall your body will feel better. Challenge: go to bed one hour earlier! While things are starting to kick back into full gear I am challenging myself to make it a priority to have everything done by 9!
NUMBER 3: STALKING CAN WAIT
Bored over the holidays.. go on social media. Can't sleep at night...go on social media. At an awkward family dinner....go on social media. This bad habit is crazy and one of things that find myself needing to cleanse the most. Now I am the first to admit that I love instagram. I love photography and I love exploring my artistic side, but over the holidays I found myself aimlessly scrolling when I could be accomplishing so much more. My goal for social media is to put my phone in another room when I go to bed so I don't stay up till that ungodly hour just scrolling. By putting my phone in the other room at bedtime, when I wake up in the morning, my goal is to look at my planner before my screen. In doing this small trick, it has been proven that you will look at your phone less throughout the day.
NUMBER 4: CLEAN OF THE SLATE
Usually I take a look back at the past year and figure out what I did best and am most proud of and also take a look at the things I regret and why I regret them. I love the feeling of a clean slate and the ability to start new. My goal for this year is not have as many resolutions. I think when you have too many it can clog your ability to accomplish even one. I am the type of person that loves making lists, and remaking lists, and then crossing off things on the lists, but sometimes I make too many lists and I feel unorganized. So one of my specific goals is to be more organized and not be rushing at the last minute. One way I am going to do this is by making a list of six things that I want to accomplish the next day, and when I go to bed list them in order of importance. When you get your worries and thoughts about the next day out on paper your more guaranteed to have a better nights sleep and get them accomplished the next day.
Here's to starting off on the right foot and good luck with your 2018 goals! XX