Resolutions for a Happier and Healthier 2018
As most people do, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about the positives and negatives from 2017 and what we’re hoping 2018 will look like. Our highlight of 2017 is undoubtedly reaching our first anniversary and celebrating a whole year of working with and producing swimwear for beautiful women all over the world.
Now that January is upon us, we can't help but think about how we want 2018 to be different. Or even what things we want to maintain from 2017. But importantly, how we're going to make them last.
1. Make time for yourself.
Make a list of five activities or places that bring joy to you, be that going for a hike, wine tasting, going to the beach or just taking 10 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning. Then, vow to tackle one every week.
2. Value your time
Whether it's agreeing to drinks when you really just want to watch The Bachelor, or swinging by a colleague's birthday just to show face, we all need to stop agreeing to things we don't actually want to do. We shouldn't feel guilty about making choices that cater to our happiness instead of someone else's. In 2018, we're making a promise to ourselves to value our time a little more and do what makes us happiest.
3. Don't strive for perfection
Let's take diet for example. Most of us out there probably over-indulged over the festive period and are vowing to a dry January not to mention an overload of flax seed, spinach and chia. The reality is, we're going to nosh on an indulgence every so often. It's the perfectionist, all-or-nothing thinking that tanks diet plans most often "I slipped and had two cookies so, screw it, I might as well eat the whole box."
Instead, take whatever steps you can to make smart choices when it comes to eating. Perhaps bring your lunch to work two days instead of all five. Or you cut out alcohol for January except for on social occasions. We're all human, and ultimately goals need to be realistic.
4. Spend more time outside
Green spaces deliver an unrivalled calming effect. Go for a walk, sit in the park, even just take a walk over your lunch break or get off the bus a stop early. Spending 15 minutes near greenery, the beach or outdoor space generally is an effortless way to relax your body.
5. Set a Screen-free bedtime routine
Read a book, sit in a warm bath, stretch or meditate for 10 minutes right before you shut your eyes, calming down and relaxing your body and mind makes for a much more restful night's sleep. At Marble, we're leaving our phones outside of the bedroom completely and investing in a good old fashioned alarm clock.