I've officially eaten my body weight in pigs in blankets and had a blood flow consisting of 95% alcohol. But now Christmas is over for another year and  it's time to start thinking about the New Year! 

I'm one of those people that when it reaches December I'm in the shops looking for a new diary, writing down a list of goals, and reflecting on the past 365 days. I think its crucial to make a conscious effort to try and make each year better than the last one and I feel so positive and optimistic for 2019.

So if you're wanting to adopt some healthy habits for the new year, I've got 5 that you can get started with today!

PRACTISE MINDFULNESS
I don't know about you, but I feel like my life is as busy as ever nowadays. I've got a constant to-do list going around in my head and I feel like I'm a task away from a mental breakdown. A bit over the top? Maybe.

Being present in the moment and being able to shut off our thoughts every once in a while is something not very many of us are good at. Me 100% included. It's like a muscle that we have to exercise to get good at - but there are actually so many ways to do this!

Breathing exercises and mediation are key to being able to master mindfulness. Taking 10 minutes out of your day to sit in a quiet space focusing only on your breathing and ignoring what's going on in your head might sound strange to some, but trust me you'll end those 10 minutes feeling the most relaxed you ever have. It's like a massage for the mind. Another good technique is yoga. Not only is yoga good for the brain, but it is also healthy for the body- a win win if one of your resolutions is to get in shape!

REARRANGE YOUR SPACE
"Clear space, clear mind" sounds so cliché, but it's so true. When your surroundings are clear you're more likely to be more relaxed, focused and productive. Changing up your space - for example your living room or bedroom layout, can really give a different feel to your home and compliment the new year.  

PRACTISE GRATITUDE
Practising gratitude is a simple task which most of us forget to do on a regular basis. Being grateful for the things you have and the experiences you get to go through is a great way to create a positive mindset.

Write down a list of things which made you  grateful in 2018. Even try and turn the negatives which happened to you into positives, this way you'll be training your mindset to be more optimistic, forgiving and thanking.

SELF CARE
We get so caught up in our daily lives that most of us actually forget to take time out and take care of ourselves. Self care should be an integral part of our routines, whether that's by having a pamper day, visiting a spa, journaling, watching your favourite film, learning something new, reading... the list goes on!

START NOW
Why wait until January to start your goals when you can get ahead of yourself and start now? By starting new habits and working now, it will make your new years goals less overwhelming, and you'll be less likely to reach February and thing "merh, I'll start again next year..."

What are your New Years goals?

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