I hope all who celebrate had a super Christmas and a great New Year. I wish you all the success and happiness you deserve for the coming year.
I was going to write about goals for this post but changed my mind. Everyone else is writing about that at the moment and although they are essential to your future results, I thought I would write about stress reduction instead.
Why? well simply because stress is a killer and the protagonist of many diseases and illnesses. Stress ruins lives. And if you want better results, learning to cope with stress can only be a good thing, right?
So here are 4 simple and easy ways you can reduce stress and increase your wellbeing over the coming year.
Ensure you connect with the people you love this year. Chasing goals is all well and good but not at the total expense of those who are close to us; friends, family and our husbands, wives and partners.
Get out to more social events too and make some new connections in your area of expertise. Try not to do what most people do and fly round the event simply dishing out business cards to as many people as you possibly can.
Personally, I would much rather hand out 3 cards and make 3 powerful connections than just hand out 50 cards and make no meaningful impact.
Keep active this year. Yeah, yeah, yeah we hear about exercise all the time. And at this time of year there are plenty of gym adverts encouraging us to tone up and create the abs of a god or goddess.
But keeping active is slightly different to getting fit. Keeping active means going for regular exercise with no particular goal in mind. Regular long walks, a swim or a bike ride will suffice. But do it often. Exercise releases the happy endorphins into your bloodstream and makes you feel better about yourself.
An active body also keeps the mind healthy and stronger and that means you will be better equipped to meet and deal with those situations life throws at us from time to time.
When was the last time you learnt something new? Why not try something this year? Maybe you could take up something you haven’t done before? You could learn to play the piano (Or any musical instrument) do some art or learn a new language.
This keeps your mind alert and fresh. Keep on top of your area of expertise. Dig deeper into what you do. We can so easily slip into the I-know-it-all attitude if we have been doing what we do for a long time.
Try and become an amateur-expert if you like. Approaching your business, work or profession in this way will keep you ahead of the game.
And it’s great for your wellbeing too.
Lastly, be curious, be observant to your surroundings. This is mindfulness as it is popularly known.
Go out and catch a sunrise or sunset. Savour the moment. If you go for a long walk, be ever present. Really tune in and listen to the birds. Notice the changing colours of the trees and surrounding vegetation.
Drive a different route to work and notice what you see (Be careful). If you use public transport get an earlier bus or train and get off a stop before your usual destination and walk. But be observant.
Having this curious mindfulness is great for your wellbeing and reducing stress. Plus, it also gives your unconscious mind some rest from the noise and hustle of everyday life.
If you implement these 4 simple strategies into your daily, weekly and monthly routines you will see a huge reduction in any stress levels and you will also be able to deal with any challenge you may face with greater courage and ease.
Have a fantastic 2016. Now, go make it happen.