3. Repeat after me “social media isn’t real life.”
I’m over people posting fake crap on Instagram about #livingmybestlife, it might be true but don’t believe that anyone’s life is perfect. Everyone feels bad sometimes; not one person has the perfect body, job or social life. Next time you see someone post their flat stomach that’s perfectly tanned to promote some sort of slimming tea or whitening strips, unfollow immediately and flip the middle finger to it.
4. Make a Happy List
To know and understand ourselves is a lifelong expedition. To set intentions for the future or restart for the year, it’s helpful to think about what makes you happy. This can also help shape your thoughts on where you are with your job or relationships with friends or a partner. It can also work both ways if you feel like you’ve had a difficult year make a ‘Not Happy List’ and see what you can change. Keep these lists as reminders of what makes you, you.
5. You are your own worst enemy
Be kind to yourself
Practice talking to yourself nicer, be less self-critical and don’t pick faults. If you feel like you haven’t achieved anything this year, you’re being too harsh.
6. Book in self-love
Spend time with yourself, not self-obsessing, but enjoying your own company. This can also be important at the start of a year after the festive period. Book in some time to read a book, get a massage, go for a walk or even sit and watch a movie alone. It’s ok to not start the year on the ground running (literally and metaphorically). If you need inspiration, watch this panda’s relaxing video.