Try Setting Some Outside-the-Box Goals
The dawning of a new year has long been a time of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. Many of us begin the year hoping to emerge by the end of the year as a newer and better version of ourselves. It’s likely that you, dear reader, have made some promises of your own to yourself. However, the trouble with some of these goals is that they can fall short of the common requisite of a goal. A goal should be realistic and achievable while some of the goals including “get in shape”, “lose weight” or “sort out my career” are inherently nebulous. Moreover when we make goals that are inherently self-serving we may not get the feeling of satisfaction or fulfilment that we expect when we achieve them. If you want to set some new, and potentially more fulfilling goals, here are a few suggestions to replace the old familiars…
Help Take Care of a Friend or Relative in NeedWe all have busy and hectic lifestyles, but giving our free time can be the most selfless and rewarding thing that we can do. In fact, kindness and compassion toward others results in a happier, more fulfilling life. If you have an elderly friend or relative who is currently battling with the effects of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s or another degenerative illness–or any illness for that matter–simply checking in on them two or three times a week can make a world of difference to them. Not only can seeing you brighten their day, their interactions with you can play a key role in their recovery or the management of their illness. All this with the gift of just a few hours of your time a week.
Cut Back on (or Eliminate) Animal Products from Your DietYou may have heard of the Veganuary movement in which meat, fish, egg and dairy loving men and women switch to a plant based diet and lifestyle for the month of January. This year, the number of people participating in Veganuary reached record highs. Joining their numbers is a great way to ensure that you’re getting more fruits and vegetables. In the absence of meat, fish and dairy, you will be challenged to come out of your comfort zone and cook healthier and more nutritious meals. Plus, given that the animal agriculture industry is one of the world’s leading causes of pollution and deforestation it could just be the best thing you do for the planet this year!
Meditate MoreMindfulness meditation can make you healthier, happier, and perhaps a nicer person to spend time with. It can also help you manage your stress levels more effectively and help you mitigate its effects on your health. It can make you less prone to anger and losing your temper. It can make the world seem like a brighter, more cheerful and more optimistic place. What’s more, practicing mindfulness meditation can also aid in concentration and improve your memory, and reduce brain fog. Setting aside just 5 minutes a day in which to meditate can make a huge difference in your life. Use these few ideas as a jumping off point to brainstorm some other outside-the-box ideas to improve your life!
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