New year, New You!
2014 is officially in full swing which means it's prime time to focus on any goals for the year ahead so you can make sure the next twelve months are amazing, rewarding and extremely uplifting. If you're after some resolution inspiration, try these tips to kick-start your year on a bright and positive note:
Smile more often
Studies have proven that smiling several times a day (even if it is with your cheesiest grin) not only naturally increases your mood but also the mood of those around you who are more likely to be positively influenced by a cheerful attitude, so don't skimp on flashing those pearly whites.
Go On A Beauty Detox - and stock to it!
Considering our skin is the largest organ, it makes sense to only use products on it that are healthy and safe. Make the switch to organic beauty products and never look back! The 100% Mint White Tea Natural Face Cleanser and Pai Certified Organic Rosehip Oil are great starting points, and you can even cleanse your insides with Carla Oates Cleanse Powder (pretty cool, hey?) And yes, getting loads of sleep and drinking plenty of water should also be part of the beautifying plan, because it means a healthier, overall happier you on the inside out.
Shut Off From Social Media Now & Then
Your thumbs and brain could do with a rest from all the constant Facebook, Instagram and Twitter updates these days. Take some time out during the week to completely switch off from social media and give your mind a little break. Stow away your phone and engage in something peaceful that doesn't require technology, like reading or meditating. It'll make all the difference to your anxiety levels and peace of mind, trust me.
Eat, Clean & Get Your Butt Moving
Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes per day and maintaining a balanced diet will not only benefit your heart health and contribute to your overall well-being, but it's a surefire moodbooster that will get you looking and feeling super confident and sexy in no time at all. If you're a sugar addict now's the time to display some serious self-love by quitting or cutting back in favour of a more wholesome, holistic diet.
Be Grateful & GiveBack
Being grateful and doing something altruistic is paramount to feeling more positive about life and connected to humanity, so give back to your community where possible and always count your blessings, big or small.
Tick Off Something From Your Bucket List
Travelling to the Ashrams in India, learning to speak Spanish, bungee-jumping or meeting the Queen... whatever it is, do at least one thing from that little bucket list that's hiding in your back pocket. It's all about Carpe Diem'ing the hell outta' 2014!
Now remember, don't be so hard on yourself. You may fall off the bandwagon here and there, but there's no reason why you can't jump right back on and continue with your little happiness journey. You're in the driver's seat, so steer your life in the direction you wish for it to go and keep at it.
On that note, here's to having your best year yet!
Kristina Ioannou for Nourished Life