5 Ways to Supercharge Your 2022
2022 is just around the corner, and it's almost time to ask ourselves the same question again - what can we do better next year? The answer doesn't have to be a list of difficult New Year resolutions. Here are 5 things that you can do to make your 2022 the best year yet.
Resolutions? Try Intentions
Resolutions can be overrated. Hear me out.
What is the difference between a resolution and an intention? A resolution is usually based on a more specific goal or activity that needs to be done or achieved, whereas an intention is sort of a shift in habit or mindset that leads to an overall change for a better future. An easy example of comparison would be a new year’s resolution of going to the gym daily in the year 2022 vs the intention to be healthier in 2022. The resolution is more specific and easier to break, and while the intention is also serious, it offers a broader spectrum of options to help you achieve it. So, don’t stress yourself out trying to hold on to a resolution and do things that are within your capacity.
Read as Often as You Can
Reading has so many benefits and it’s pretty crazy that we are missing out on them. There are an array of reasons to start reading, and they can vary from wanting to increase literacy in a specific field to just wanting to wind down after a long day. I personally have found reading to help me alleviate stress, especially when I read novels. You can start with any kind of reading, leave it if you don’t like it, and move on to the next one. If we want to talk about financial success, one of the things that the most financially successful people in the world have in common is that they spend many hours of their day reading. So, if you have that intention, you should try it out. Or, just try it out and see what other benefits you gain from it.
Here are some benefits of reading as listed by Healthline.
And here are the top 10 books of 2021 as listed by Barnes & Noble for you to explore.
Put More Focus on Your Health, Both Mental and Physical
Times have changed, and as we progress as a generation and are spoiled by conveniences and privileges, we slowly adapt and understand better the need to make an effort to stay healthy both physically and mentally. With the right intention, there are simple tweaks that we can make to our daily routine that will help us achieve better health. Here are some ideas:
- Cooking our own meals instead of dining out.
- Going for walks, especially in the mornings.
- Spending 5 mins during lunch break to do some light exercises.
- Exploring therapy and support groups.
- Focusing on the positives around us. We’ll talk more about this in the next point.
Let’s try to invest more time and money into our health.
Remind Yourself to be Grateful
Speaking of focusing on the positives around us, often we find that when we compare ourselves and our lives to others, we feel left behind. This should not be the case because there is almost always something to be grateful for or something positive to focus on. What we need to do is learn how to identify and focus on them. Practicing gratitude is easier said than done as it does require some getting used to, but before you know it, it becomes a habit and part and parcel of your daily routine, and the benefits to our wellbeing are immense.
Here are 10 ways to practice gratitude by Mindful.
Be Kind and Help Out Wherever and Whenever You Can
It is a common interpretation that if you are helping someone, you are likely going out of your way to do it. But what if helping others also means helping yourself? You are going out of your way to also help yourself, which is great, right? The science behind it exists. When you help others, you enjoy the benefits as well. Being kind and helpful to others boosts your overall mental wellbeing by improving your self-esteem and helping battle anxiety and stress. And the best thing about being kind is that it usually doesn’t cost much time or money, but the returns are well worth it. There is a lot to elaborate on this, so here’s what the Mental Health Foundation of the UK has to say about it being kind and helpful.
Try these out and see your 2022 be supercharged!