I’ve written before about why I no longer set New Year’s resolutions but as I grow as a woman, friend, partner and family member I believe it’s important to consider small changes to help you live the life you want. There is no rule stating change can only happen at the beginning of a new year, however the 1st January seems like a good time to re-evaluate what’s important and re-set your goals to inspire positive change and personal growth in the year ahead.
I started writing a gratitude journal about a year ago and the process has had a truly positive influence on my life. Gratitude is nothing new, of course, but until I made the conscious decision to think about and acknowledge the things I was grateful for, these little gems of positivity used to go unnoticed.
So often we get swept along by the daily grind and forget what we hold most dear. Writing a gratitude journal refocuses your attention; it allows you to shut out the noise and realise what motivates you, what makes you happy, and what is truly important.
When we think about self-improvement we tend to set goals related to our physical or financial health. We believe that being fitter, slimmer or wealthier will enable us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. While our physical fitness is important for our health and financial security can undeniably make life a little less stressful, there is another critical factor which we often neglect and that’s our mental wellbeing.
With this in mind, we have explored some top self-care tips designed to improved your overall wellbeing and boost happiness in the long term.
A few months ago, after a couple of glasses of red wine and an evening of healthy debate, I took the somewhat shallow plunge and deleted Facebook (from my phone). I deleted Facebook for a number of reasons; 1) to become more productive, 2) to improve the way I communicate with people, and 3) to see if less social media would make me happier.
For far too long the image of women portrayed in the media has been lacking in diversity. Open any glossy magazine or online news site and you’ll find an abundance of slim, white women, when in reality women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
According to Dr Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, the third Monday in January (this year 16th January) is the gloomiest day of the year based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation. And as if that isn’t depressing enough, Arnall has predicted that 2017’s Blue Monday will be the most miserable yet because of celebrity deaths, anxiety over Brexit, and fears about a Donald Trump presidency in the US.
Translated as ‘just the right amount’, lagom is thought to relate to being frugal, fair and creating balance.
While 2017 was the year of hygge, lighting a scented candle and curling up with hot chocolate and layers upon layers of blankets and knitwear, lagom is a way of living. While hygge captures a moment in time, lagom is an overarching concept behind the way we live our lives in general.
At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions to save more money, be less stressed when it comes to our jobs and indulge more in our passions and hobbies. This thinking is the foundation of living a lagom lifestyle.
Lagom is the new Scandi trend sweeping the UK, giving hygge a run for its money. It’s centred on moderation; living life a little more frugally; and planning for the future. A loose translation of the Swedish word, lagom, is “not too little, not too much, just right.”
From how to jump start a car to what makes you happy, we should all try and learn these important life skills.
There is a new diet in town and it’s called the 5:5:5 diet which encourages its followers to eat five small meals every single day. The creator of the diet, UK nutritionist Angela Dowden, says it can help users lose up to five pounds in a fortnight.
A new report from the Prince’s Trust shows that the overall wellbeing of young people in the UK has dropped to its lowest level since the study was launched in 2009. The report reveals that more than a quarter of millennials do not feel in control of their lives, and that a crisis of confidence in their own abilities and future prospects is preventing them from realising their true potential.
We’re officially a nation of digital junkies.
Lagom is predicted to be the latest Scandi trend we’ll all be raving about in 2017.
Former Cambridge University lecturer, Terence Kealey, 64, believes that breakfast is a “dangerous meal” and hope that in 10 years’ time people will consider it as harmful as smoking cigarettes.