A new year can be a daunting time, as everyone talks about ‘new year, new me’ and all the things they are going to do, what they achieved last year, what they want to accomplish this year and how they’re going to do it. You can’t move on Instagram or Facebook without seeing collages of peoples’ top moments, lists of how great the last decade has been for them, and those who have already started the year off hiking, going to the gym or cooking vegan everything. Well done to them, but for those people who aren’t in the right place for this, the people who had a hard time over Christmas and New Year and don’t feel ready to throw themselves into the new year, that’s okay. Take the pressure off, forget about it being a new year, and concentrate on making yourself feel a little better. The key is to start small, so if you aren’t feeling quite right at the minute and all the talk of new years resolutions is making you feel even worse, then here are a few things you need to do to make yourself feel a little better:
Avoid Social Media
Step one is straightforward, and it will make you feel better without even realizing it. Just take a break from social media, from posting things yourself but also from looking at what others are doing. You know it’s not real, it’s only the ‘best bits’ so remove yourself from it, so you don’t have to see it.
Get Enough Sleep
This is very important, especially when you’re not feeling quite yourself, you must make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Tiredness can make you feel so much worse, more unhappy, and of course, with little energy. If you need to catch up on some sleep, then do that. Have some early nights, cancel plans, and focus on getting back to normal.
Spend Time With Animals
If you don’t have a pet to spend time with, then head to borrow my doggy or another site like it so that you can borrow someone else’s furry friend and enjoy lots of love and cuddles. www.timeforpaws.co.uk has a great selection of toys and food for pets, so you can treat them too to thank them for making you feel good.
Try Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises can be a great way to make you feel better. Whether it’s five minutes in the morning before you go to work, five minutes before you go to sleep, or in the middle of the day when you’re feeling overwhelmed, breathing exercises can help with your concentration and your mood, and you only need five minutes.
Connect With Nature
Spending time in natural environments is so good for you. Make a point of getting outside each day, walking through a park, being around greenery, and getting some fresh air. You might not notice the benefits instantly, but even just a ten-minute walk each day will start to make you feel better.
Eat More Vegetables
Don’t put pressure on yourself to start a new fad diet or completely overhaul your eating and drinking habits. The key is to make small changes and vegetables have so many benefits that just by adding more to your diet, you will start to feel better. This has a ripple effect, and as you begin to feel better and look better, you will want to continue this.
Talk About Your Feelings
If you are feeling rubbish, tell someone. Even just five minutes on the phone to a friend or family member each day will make you feel better. It’s essential to connect with people, so if you don’t do this as often as you would like, then commit to just five minutes a day.
Try a meditation app or some videos on YouTube and take some time – again, it doesn’t need to be lengthy – just five or ten minutes. Take yourself off somewhere quiet and try it. There are also some great meditations for helping you to sleep.
Adult coloring-in books exist for a reason, and they are trendy with many people. Again, take five or ten minutes each day and set it aside for coloring. Commit to this, because even on the days when you’re feeling good, it’s essential to carry on, and it will continue to make you feel good.
Have A Bath
It’s effortless, but it really can make you feel better. Not only will you be cleaner, but a long hot soak in the bath relaxes your muscles, gives you some peace, warms you up, and takes away the stresses of your day.