If you’re like me, you’re hoping to start the new year in a more mindful way to be more deeply connected to both yourself and your loved ones. To help us achieve this, below are 5 mindful New Year’s resolutions that you can claim as your own. You’ll also find steps for coming up with your own mindful resolution.
Let’s find our most connected year yet with these mindful New Year’s Resolutions!
5 Mindful New Year’s Resolutions
These mindful New Year’s resolutions are worded a little differently. For the same reasons that affirmations begin with “I am”, rather than “I will be”, I wanted to frame these resolutions as something that is true in the present, not something that we will achieve later.
The first step to “accomplishing” these resolutions is to set them. After that, you can cultivate and practice them every day. Use your mindful resolution in the same way that you would a mantra or affirmation; hold it close to you and repeat it frequently. This will help you make your mindful resolution a part of your life and everyday practice during the upcoming year.
To help with this, I made a free phone wallpaper for each mindful New Year’s resolution. If you’re reading this on your phone, tap and hold the image you want to download and click “Save Image”. If you’re reading this on a computer, right-click the image you want to download and click “Save image as”.
1. I listen to my body.
Our bodies have so much wisdom to share with us. Learning to recognize the signals our bodies send us and what they mean can help us make more informed decisions and connect more deeply with the people we love.
2. I make decisions from a place of joy.
Over the past few years, we’ve made so many decisions from a place of fear. This year, try something different and allow yourself to gravitate to people, experiences, and decisions that bring joy into your life.
3. I know myself deeply.
Cultivating your own inner life can be axis-shifting. Seek ways to get to know yourself on a deeper level this year, whether that’s through journaling, therapy, or something entirely different.
4. I find balance in my daily life.
Do you often find yourself overextended and run down? This year, expand your use of the word “no”. Fill the free space in your schedule with activities that fulfill you – or with nothing at all.
5. I communicate my needs and desires.
I like to say that sometimes, we have to teach other people how to love us. If your needs and desires aren’t being met, it may be time to examine if you’re communicating about them effectively. Remember: it’s okay to ask for what you need, and the people who love you want to help you feel safe and happy.
How to Make Your Own Mindful New Year’s Resolutions
If the above mindful New Year’s resolutions aren’t resonating with you, follow these steps to make your own:
- Find a quiet moment to sit and reflect.
- Ground yourself. Connect your mind and body with three deep breaths or with a more extensive breathing practice.
- Journal, draw, or think about the following questions:
- What brought me joy and peace this year?
- What did I feel was missing in my life this year?
- How do I want to feel as I move through the upcoming year?
- After pondering these questions, decide what is most important to you. Use it to create a resolution, and word it as though it’s a present reality (see the above resolutions for examples).
- Write your mindful New Year’s resolution down and put it somewhere you’ll see it often. Repeat it to yourself each day, like a mantra or affirmation.
Which mindful New Year’s resolution are you taking with you into the next year? Tell me in the comments!
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