You’ve survived the family at Christmas and your friends at New Years! Well done! Just making it into January and back to work is worth a bit of smug, self-congratulation.
Who cares that you didn’t have time to make a resolution?!
Certainly not us. At Whole Mood, we are notorious for coming late to the resolution party each year, but we have given a lot of thought to what we want to do to make 2019 as good a year for us as it can be for us.
We’re going to put them out there, and we’re going to ask you to help us keep them in mind; and, if you’re anything like us, maybe these will give you some inspiration for the the things you hope to get out of 2019 too.
These all fall into two rough categories; how we treat ourselves and how we impact the rest of the world. Let’s call them “Self Care” and “World Care”.
So, without further ado, here are the 16 strongest resolutions for a great year ahead! (You read that right! 14!! As always at Whole Mood, we are aiming high!):
- Donate and volunteer! We don’t all have money sloshing around to give to every good cause, but there are so many ways we can all contribute even a small amount to the global fund of good-will.
Volunteering time or donating clothes are both simple things to do that none of us do enough. In 2019 that will change!
- Be sustainable: recycle and upcycle! Here in London as in most of Europe, recycling has been made marvellously easy. It takes little effort to keep our weekly addition to the landfill under control.
Upcycling takes a little more effort. I’m going to try to avoid any new furniture purchases for a year; there are so many amazing pieces in antique and charity shops, let alone keeping an eye out at markets, fetes and car-boot sales for interesting items that might be transformed into something even more interesting!
- Spend more now to save in the future — Durability is the key!
I’ve talked about this before as a hidden path to Sustainability, but we don’t always manage to practice what we preach. Bargain-hunting is a big passion, but sometimes there’s a good reason for a seemingly “bargain price”. In 2019 I’m not going to fear higher price-tags when there’s a good reason! A little more now for an extra 10 years of use is a true bargain.
- And the opposite challenge it to go completely paperless! Come on! What’s the point any more. Looking at the mail we receive here at HQ, 80% of it goes straight from mailbox to recycling bin, while the other 20% could have been covered in an email. It’s time to cut your newspaper subscription, switch your bank statements to paperless and always tick the “email only” box on forms.
- Declutter your home/life. All of a sudden, Marie Kondo is everywhere, and you know what? She’s adorable. But appreciating what you have, getting rid of what no longer “brings you bliss” and folding your clothes is neither rocket science nor revolutionary. I’ve been “sparking joy” my entire life and I never knew it was a special power, but I’m now looking forward to having my own Netflix series.
All snark aside, decluttering your home is a cathartic and positive thing. A cramped, cluttered, disorganised home will feed your anxiety, even if only subliminally. Whether it’s through lost socks, misplaced essentials and the exponential threat of dying in a fire or being featured in an episode of hoarders, you may not be consciously aware of it, but you’ll certainly feel free of it once you’ve cleaned!
Slough-off the “things” you no longer need! It’ll be a weight off your home and mind.
- Take better care of yourself! That’s physically and mentally! Have a care for what goes into your body (more vegetables, less alcohol), as well as what we do with our body (exercise!!). But the simplest, smallest change that will also have the biggest, best effect is to talk to people about how you feel. Whether it’s a trusted friend or a trained professional, your mental health is precious and needs to be tended to every day. Meditation, anyone? We’re fans of the Headspace app, but there are a number of ‘mindfulness’ tools out there these days. Every single one of them feels a little boring before you get into them (and still can after that..), but taking as little as 1-10 minutes every day asks yourself honestly how you’re getting on is a surprisingly worthwhile exercise.
- Try a new hobby or learn a new skill. For us that’s easy! You’re reading it! But exercising different mental (or physical) muscles is a great way of making sure that this isn’t just another year when you’re taken by surprise when the Christmas songs crop up in the shops again.
- Make sleep a priority and give your bedroom an update to start each day this year off with a fresh feeling. If you have a great night’s sleep you get up and have a fantastically productive morning. This may seem obvious, but it’s profoundly true. So your bedroom should be your haven and your bed needs to support you, literally as much as emotionally.
Comfortable sheets, bedding and a top quality mattress are all investments that will pay you back in spades in 2019.
- We’re always reminding ourselves to limit our time on social media, but we’re increasingly trying to focus what time we are frittering away there in only following inspiring and positive people! It’s all well and good to “be informed”, but there’re only so many hours in a day and only so much emotion we can invest at any one time.
- Only spend time with people who value and respect you. This is a bit related to number 5, but it carries it across IRL: ‘let in the good, push out the bad’.
There are plenty of people out there in the world who will merrily waste your time and put you down, but you on the other hand have better things to do, as this list shows! You’re not going to get halfway through this list and have the time left over to listen to a bunch of naysayers, so cut them loose and find yourself and cheer squad who might even share the load!
- Find the right balance between Netflix, a book and an outdoor walk. We’re blessed to be living in the Golden Age of Television and the wealth of great storytelling makes it all too easy to pass an evening (or a whole weekend) watching the latest “must see” show. You know what? Better than must see TV is must do living!
- This is a big one, but I keep hearing from friends who are dissatisfied in their job. I can think of nothing worse that having to slog on, day-after-day with decades more of the same ahead. If you find yourself regularly and seriously daydreaming about a different job, don’t write that off as impossible! Whether it’s by honest discussion with your employer, or by serious engagement with a hobby, side-hustle or further education, investing real effort in changing your employment situation will reward you!
Fresh challenges will engage you; the need for new skills will sharpen you up. I’m not saying to go all Office Space and walk out without a plan, but don’t be afraid to edge a little bit further out on that limb!
- Easy to say but the one resolution I’m going to apply myself most seriously to: To follow through and do what you say you will do!
Don’t get me wrong; I’m bound by my commitments, but I am a little less bound by the things I always say I want to do for myself and then quietly forget about when things get hectic.
No more! My commitments to myself will henceforth be treated as sacred as commitments to everyone else. Which leads us to…
- Last but not least! The most important one:
Love yourself!!! ‘Cause if you don’t love yourself how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? 🤪