With 2017 just around the corner, you might be starting to think about the year that was and the year to come. What are you happy to say goodbye to in 2016? What plans did you have for 2016 that didn’t eventuate? What plans do you have for 2017 to ensure you kick some goals?
This time of year is a natural time to stop and reflect on the past 12 months. And many of us get caught in the trap of making unachievable resolutions for the new year with no plan on how to achieve them which leads to unfulfilled changes and feelings of failure.
So let’s look ahead to December 2017. Where are you then? And what steps did you take to get there? Where will you be 12 months from now? Sometimes day to day it’s easy to think “I’ll do that tomorrow, I’ll start next Monday or I’m too busy right now”.
Whether you want to lose weight, reduce stress, heal an emotional wound, improve your immunity or find your life purpose, what steps will you take to make it happen?
And how will you feel this time next year, if you haven’t started today on the road to that different version of you?
Step back to today, what can you do to help ensure that in 12 months time, you are where you want to be?
As the years roll past me, I have really started to notice the passing of time – the neighbour who was a grandparent when I was a child passes away, running in to an old friend and noticing that they have aged and then realizing that I have aged too. So the days turn into weeks and those weeks into a month and funnily enough, sometimes months pass without change being made.
Is there a change that you can make today? It might be small, it might be private, it might be a big shift or it might even be so life shattering enormous that it scares the pants off you.
I would love for you to think about where you want to be in 12 months time and make a commitment to yourself to start making changes to get there.
Shall I remind you in 12 months time? I did this at the start of last year. It was January 2015 and I put a date in January 2016 with some things I wanted to have achieved and changed. It felt like ages away and I did it for fun but didn’t take it too seriously. Do you what I found really scary? That year went by so fast. I thought there was time but actually the months zoomed by and suddenly my diary reminded me to assess whether I had done what I said I was going to do. I found this exercise to be really confronting and a stark reminder that time does pass and it is up to each one of us to create in our lives whatever it is that our hearts truly desire.
You know that I am passionate about health, wellness and nutrition. So what if you committed to making some changes in your lifestyle habit? We could check back together in December 2017.
Here are 12 suggestions (just suggestions, not rules!) for small habits you could change and see the shift it brings to your life. You might just tackle one thing every month until you have incorporated a new habit into your life. And you probably have other ideas and plans of things you’d like to change in your life. Here’s a list of ideas to get you thinking:
1. The juice of half a lemon in warm water at the start of every day. Let this be the first thing to hit your belly every day.
2. Declutter - throw out one thing every day for the coming year. If you don’t think you have that much excess stuff, just go for as long as you can until you feel that you are living in a space that you love. You will be amazed at how clearing away mess and clutter frees your mind and releases you from the shackles of materialism.
3. Stop eating processed sugar. This is critical if you want to experience abundant health, lose weight, heal your gut and improve your immune system.
4. Clean your kitchen bench every night before you go to bed. Yes this sounds very boring but it’s a great way to stay on top of the ‘stuff’ that just needs to be dealt with each day. And the next day starts so much better without the distraction of unfinished business from the day before.
5. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. I know this is a long acknowledged fact but exercise is so important. We are designed to move and exercise not only helps to stablise our weight it also releases feel good chemicals that enable us to be more productive and have more energy throughout the day.
6. Journal every day, writing down your thoughts helps to clear your mind and clarify your thoughts and feelings. It’s an important way to stay connected to who you are and where you are going in your life.
7. Meditate every day, even 5 minutes of quiet time will give back to you in truck loads in terms of patience, creativity, productivity and creating the life you want. There are lots of free meditations on the internet if you prefer something guided.
8. Practice gratitude every day. When you are stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol and halves your intelligence. Practicing gratitude reduces the amount of cortisol in your system and thereby reduces stress. We all have lots of things to be grateful for, finding them will help you to keep the things that didn’t go so well in perspective.
9. Start eating fermented foods. This is pretty confronting for lots of people but if you want to improve your gut health fermented veggies are a great option as the introduce heaps of healthy local bacteria into your gut. You can make them yourself or buy them pre-made.
10. Start consuming bone broth at least 3 times a week. I know that I go on about it A LOT, try it, your grandma swears by it remember?). There’s a how to in a blog post from earlier in the year if you need a refresher.
11. Remove technology from your bedroom (let’s hope my husband doesn’t read this!). Electronics omit EMFs and these are terrible for your sleep, remove them from your bedroom for better quality of sleep and while you’re at it, practice turning off your WIFI at night too.
12. Have a green smoothie every day. They are a great source of antioxidants, help to alkalise your body and keep you in abundant health. Adding a green smoothie to your daily routine gives you a boost to your green vegetable intake and nourishes your body.
I’d love to hear your plans so feel free to comment below, on the facebook page or email me directly. Want me to hold you accountable? Happy to do that too! You know that if you are made accountable you are more likely to do it right! Where will you be in 12 months time? Do you want to look back and think ‘if only I’d made the change then?’.