A handful of weeks ago, we were wildly ambitious – bright eyed, bushy tailed and eager to start fresh. 2016: Year of Clean Eating, Year of the Six Pack, Year of your Best Self. But then life happened, and now it looks like 2016 may actually be the Year of French Fries and Rosé for Dinner, Year of Four to Five Hours of Shut Eye, Year of Multi-tasking to the Point of Clinical Insanity.
We feel you. So, as we go boldly into 2016, here are some resolutions you can and should reasonably stick to.
2016: Year of Daily Meditation
Meditation doesn’t have to involve solo-chanting in full lotus for hours on end. Meditation can be any practice that grounds you and rids your brain of superfluous thought for a few minutes. Try Morning Pages: three pages of handwritten, stream of consciousness writing immediately upon waking up. Or turn to a pro: check out Kelly Morris of The Infinity Call for frank, no nonsense guided meditation to appease the skeptic in you. If all else fails, call in the troops! Zen out with friends as a part of The Big Quiet, a massive gathering of silent meditators.
2016: Year of Digital Detox
As you read this, it’s likely that you have five or more tabs open. Your phone is blowing up. Your to-do list has manifested into something hideous, spanning multiple organization apps, and your Google Calendar is sixteen different colors. Constant overstimulation really puts a damper on your focus, and your mood, but unplugging completely is out of the question. Try setting your phone to Airplane or Do Not Disturb mode at set times: when you’re enjoying a meal, for example, or getting ready for bed. Turn off push notifications for your email and social channels so you decide when you want to receive communication, rather than getting barraged by alerts without your consent. And for Pete’s sake, stop scrolling in bed: replace your morning Insta-stalking with a meditative practice (see above) and your evening Facebook-creeping with pillow talk, a simple yoga stretch… pretty much any tangible practice is better for you than staring at a screen.
2016: Year of Real Food
You’ve tried juice cleanses. You’ve gone vegan, gluten-free, paleo. Hopefully you’ve learned a little about what works for your body and what doesn’t, but regardless of your dietary restrictions, you can commit to eating real food. Food that comes from the ground, or an animal; food that isn’t pumped full of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals you can’t even pronounce. So start reading ingredients, and if there are additives you don’t want to ingest, don’t buy it. Or make it ridiculously easy on yourself: sign up for a Home Chef subscription where all the ingredients are vetted for you. There, you’re healthier already.