This year don’t focus on anyone else. Don’t focus on your parents or your friends or your coworkers – focus on you.
Make yourself the centre of your world and care for yourself the way you care about the people you love. Go the extra mile you’ve gone for so many other people in your life, but this time go the distance for yourself.
You deserve that. Here are the 17 things that should be your new year resolutions.
- Don’t say yes when all you want is to say no. Don’t do anything that drains you more than it fulfils you.
- If you’re working a job that’s making you miserable, a job that literally makes you want to break down in tears every day because you hate it so much – quit.
- Find the things that make you smile and keep doing them. Cherish the things that make you feel loved and don’t ever let them go. Hold on to the moments that make your stomach ache from so much laughter and don’t ever take them for granted.
- Don’t dwell on the negatives. Laugh off the disasters and turn your attention to the good. If it won’t matter in a few years from now, don’t stress over it. Just know that it will pass.
- Do what makes you happy. If it means trying out a new haircut, do it. If it is to travel to a new place across the continent, just go. If it is admitting to yourself and the loved ones in your life that you’re a homosexual, do it! If that means breaking up with your partner who you feel is holding you back, then let them go.
- Unfollow all of the Instagram accounts and Facebook friends that make you feel like bad about yourself. Unsubscribe to all the random e-newsletters that show up in your inbox even though you don’t remember signing up for them.
- Set aside time to just sit by yourself and be silent. Use the time alone to meditate, read, breathe, take a bath, or, if you’re really exhausted, to take a nap.
- Write down what you’re going to accomplish at the beginning of every work day or the night before. It will help you sleep better.
- Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. You don’t need to only follow a healthy diet, but also make a conscious effort to drink a lot of water, and balance out your meals.
- Save more money. You don’t have to aggressively save every month, but make a conscious effort to give yourself a savings goal, and then try to meet it.
- Assess your flaws on a regular basis. Realise what you’re doing wrong. Keep your own behaviour in check. But don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Dress up, every day. You don’t always have to dress up for a date, or an important meeting. You don’t need to dress up just for the compliments. Dress up because you want to look good for yourself.
- Get a lot of sleep when you’re not feeling well. Stop running yourself into the ground when your body feels weak, you have a bad headache, or you feel a cold coming on. Listen to your body. Make yourself some tea and get into bed.
- When you’re listening to someone talk, actually listen. You will get so much more out of your experiences with people if you’re fully engaged, instead of only half-listening while you think about what you’re going to say next, or going through your work emails.
- Take a workout class you feel completely ridiculous signing up for. Try hip hop, Zumba, or kickboxing. If you can’t get a friend to do it with you, just be brave and go alone.
- Be more expressive. If you love him/her, let them know. If you don’t want them to leave, ask them to stay. If you want an extra piece of the cake, ask for it. Be brave and speak your mind, at all times.
- Smile at the little kids in the school van next to your car when you stop at the traffic signal. Smile at the grown-ups. Smile at the vendor trying to sell you flowers. Just smile. A lot.
This is your year – the year you stop making everyone happy besides yourself, the year you know you matter and the year you let your voice shine. This is the year of you.
This year, buy yourself a sliver of happiness from Mooments.