January 17, 2019 2 min read
The New Year is here. It’s already mid-January, which got me
thinking about new goals. New Year’s Eve resolutions are far too
often simply a promise we make to ourselves, fleetingly broken.
It seems we make resolutions, only to see them falter, and then
we quickly give up. Instead of resolutions, why not make a few
small changes to our lives to foster success?
Three simple changes can make a huge difference in our lives – and change our outlook for the better. As I kick off another year of expanding my business in the cruise industry, a few thoughts have been percolating in my brain about how to take better care of myself and be the best I can be in order to grow my business into the best it can be.
Lack of sleep has a huge impact on our productivity! Women, in particular, tend to burn the candle at both ends…guilty as charged. Short-term effects of sleep deprivation can include irritability and a loss of motivation, and when these continue to manifest, they can contribute to mood disorders, including depression. Getting to bed at a more reasonable hour and getting more rest can positively impact our productivity during the day – so let’s make it a goal to get more sleep! It’s always tempting to try and get one more thing done before bed…but don’t! (Read more about the need for good sleep HERE!)
We hear it all the time…drink more water. And for good reason, our bodies are made up of 60% water! We need to replenish the fluids in our system rather than becoming dehydrated. Water also energizes our muscles and keeps our skin looking its best! So, grab a glass of water more frequently. If you feel thirsty, you’re already getting dehydrated. So, raise a glass with me – cheers!
One of the best ways to change your outlook is to take stock of what you have. Some might call it counting your blessings or mindfulness. I think of it as a gratitude list. When I truly acknowledge the people, situations, opportunities, adventures I have had in the last year, month, week – it not only lifts my spirits but also my outlook. Seeing what I actually have, what I have accomplished, the people who love and support me – what an encouragement to keep moving forward. So celebrate your accomplishments! Let them remind you what you are capable of and encourage you to seek new adventures!
As for me, 2019 has much to offer and I am determined to stay present and grateful. And of course, drink more water and get more sleep!
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