By Jordan Douglas, HHC

The transition to a new year bridges an opportunity for reflection with bold proclamations of change. It is such a gift that we as a people can take a global pause to tune in and clarify what is working well for us, what we need to let go of and what we are looking to call in. The trouble is, we are, well, human. We make mistakes. We get off track. We change.

For many, creating New Year’s resolutions demands a proclamation of an idealized version of self, fueled by our consumer-driven culture. The subliminal messaging then becomes that we are somehow less than/not good enough/a failure when we break that proclamation or resolution. Which, of course, we do (usually right about this time of January), because we are human.

If you want to create sustainable change, the work is in the daily. Each day is an opportunity for you to decide how you want to show up for yourself, your family, your life, the world. The practice is to choose consciously, forgive yourself when you waver off track and to keep moving toward. Setting goals is wonderful. Breaking those goals down into small, manageable steps is practical and effective.

Here are twelve simple suggestions (and a few bonuses) to add in or to remind yourself of as we move along this year:

  1. Drink (more) water.
  2. Floss daily. *Bonus: try a tongue scraper.
  3. Prioritize sleep.
  4. Opt outside. *Bonus: move your body (walk, run, jump, play) while you do.
  5. Be kind in how you speak to yourself.
  6. Take a deep breath. *Bonus: take four more.
  7. Eat more plants.
  8. Reuse, reduce and opt for less plastic and less waste. *Bonus: bring your own bags and containers when you shop.
  9. Cook more. Eat out less.
  10. Put down your phone. Engage with the world around you. *Bonus: take a social media detox.
  11. Ditch the plastic straw - try a reusable stainless or glass straw instead.
  12. Shop small. Shop local.

Try one a month, three at a time or whatever feels best for you. Incorporate them for a week or a month and check in with how you feel. Did any less supportive habits fall away? Did you feel inspired to integrate more positive change? I personally am amazed how different my mind and body feel when I remember to drink enough water and breathe deeply every day!

If you’re feeling stuck or in need of guidance, email me at healthcoach@ellwoodthompsons.com to set up a free 30 minute appointment. I am happy to support you in creating sustainable change in your life.

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