The new year is here! If you are looking to reflect on your growth in 2015, accomplish great things in 2016, or just take a moment to appreciate each day, here are some suggestions keep a clear and positive mental space in the New Year.
Vision Board:A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of your dreams, goals, and things that make you happy. As the year progresses your board may help you focus on your vision and maintain clarity and reinforce a positive, affirming environment daily.
For this activity, you will need a small poster board, magazines, scissors, markers, and glue. If you want to add your own flair, you can also pick up some stickers, glitter, etc… The instructions are simple: Cut out things that signify what you want to attract or accomplish in the New Year and arrange them on the poster board.
Gratitude Journal/Jar: It is sometimes difficult to recall the positive moments we have experienced when we need to focus on them most. Keeping a record of the things you are grateful for is an amazing resource to keep your daily experiences in perspective. Either invest in a thick journal or a really big jar. If you opt for the jar, you will also need colored paper. You can either leave it plain or decorate the front cover/ jar in a manner similar to the vision board. Each day, write down at least one thing that you are grateful for, and elaborate. For example, when you look back at your notes, “my best friend” will be less thought-provoking “I am grateful for my best friend because today he reminded me that for every one negative person I encounter, I have two positive and supportive people who want to see me succeed.”
Establish a Ritual: When life seems to overwhelm you, it always helps to have a figurative reset button in your life. If you have ten free minutes in your day (I know you have ten minutes, don’t lie), establish a ritual that you can complete the same time each day to mentally heal. If you can allot even more than ten minutes, that’s great. An easy example is a morning or evening walk around your neighborhood, or time set aside to meditate or read. A daily ritual will be a relatively short, but crucial time to focus on you and prepare for the changes/ challenges that you may face in your personal and professional life.
Wishing you health and happiness in the new year,
Founder, Health Noir