"I don't bother with New Year's resolutions because I know I won't keep them anyway."
We hear ya. We know how annoying it is to be bombarded with "new year, new you!" ads in January, and how demotivating it feels to be off track with your goals three weeks in. Well, not all hope is lost, my friend. This year, start with these 5 non-intimidating, easy ways to work towards self love and a healthier mind and body:
1. Unfollow people who make you feel insecure.
Who are you following on Instagram? Are you fed photos of perfectly photoshopped people everyday? Are you developing insecurities from following supermodels with unrealistically thin bodies? Are you being manipulated by companies that profit from your insecurities? Unfollow those accounts. Our society puts enough stress and restrictive standards on us already. You don't need more people telling you you're not good enough.
The same goes with Facebook. Nix the judgmental friends from your network. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, not put you down.
2. Sneak more plants into your food.
For most people, eating veggies makes them feel good. You can sneak veggies into your breakfast by making smoothies with unintrusive veggies like spinach and zucchini. To energize yourself, enjoy smoothies with nutritious cold milled flax and hemp seed butter. If cereal is your thing, top it with delicious hemp hearts and flaked coconut.
For amazing creamy dishes, blend mushrooms, cauliflower and cashew butter into creamy chowder or "alfredo" sauces. It's so dreamy you'll want to lick the bowl afterwards (true story).
Above all, make sure you are enjoying foods that make you feel good.
3. Be compassionate to your body.
Your body is the most amazing instrument you'll ever own, and you live in it so you might as well start loving it! This year, instead of pinching your stomach and criticizing your body for how it looks, start appreciating your body for what it allows you to do. You will feel the difference in your mental well-being.
Instead of wishing you had been born with slimmer, longer legs, appreciate your legs for taking you places and blessing you with freedom. Instead of wishing your eyes were wider or double-lidded, appreciate your eyes for letting you see the world. Instead of hiding your arms in an act of self-consciousness, appreciate your arms for letting you hug your loved ones.
Remember that health does not look a certain way. It is not necessarily a size 4 nor a number on the scale. Health is a way of living accompanied with a positive state of mind.
4. Schedule "me time".
Life can be complete chaos sometimes. You may find yourself constantly in "go go go" mode with no time to de-stress or catch your breath.
To maintain your sanity, schedule weekly "me time" into your calendar. Relax in a hot bath, bake, take a walk after work, curl up with a book, write down 3 things you're grateful for, unwind with a full-body stretch before bed... whatever it is that helps you relax and reflect.
5. Celebrate progress.
Instead of having an "all or nothing" mentality and speaking to yourself negatively as if you're never good enough, celebrate baby steps. For example, if you want to do a 1-hour run 3 times a week, split your goal into mini goals. Start with a short jog once a week, then work your way up. Congratulate yourself on steps taken in the right direction. If you went from zero exercise to a 15-minute jog, that is a mini victory worth feeling good about.
Celebrating mini victories will keep you positively motivated so you don't give up on your goals two weeks into January. It will also train you to start speaking to yourself positively.
We hope these 5 manageable New Year's resolutions will help you have a healthier outlook in 2017. You are well on your way, and we're rooting for you!
Post written by: Emily Chen
Emily loves broccoli, dancing, and cheesy puns. She can often be found anxiously waiting for her avocados to ripen. She's also a vegan and a calligraphy lover.