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Most important New Year’s resolution we often miss

It’s that time of the year again when most of us are revved up to start the year fresh, make New Year’s resolutions and plans for the whole year round. There’s just something about new year which screams renewal, hope, chances and new beginnings; it fills our spirits with optimism and drive.

The first three days of my year was spent on visiting relatives and traveling. I was out and about with no regard at being productive because I was on full holiday mood and my days were meant to be spent on making memories and quality family time. Yesterday was supposed to be the day I was to begin executing my plans. I sat at my study table in the morning and jotted down my day’s to-do list. I was committed to making that day productive.

Executing my plans doesn’t mean I have a whole plan laid out for the year. In fact, I don’t have any plans at all, except the plan of making this year different. I still don’t know how to do that or what I wish to achieve this year but I believe that it’s a process. And going through the process involves being disciplined on how I spend my day. I want to ensure that my day is spent doing the things I am passionate about, things that make me happy and fulfilled. I hope that through this process, I will gain a clearer perspective on where I want to go, what I want to be and how I will make my existence meaningful.

It’s been a cliché how the internet particularly social media has created these delusions of what an ideal life must be. I want to live an authentic life and I can only do this by being mindful my life’s unique purpose – as each of us has our own purpose of being, different from the others, solely our own destiny. So how do I remain true to my personal calling? I don’t know but living mindfully each day is the beginning of the process.

What’s the use of a thousand plans when you have an unhealthy body?

Yesterday, my attention was brought to a very important realisation. Committed to making the day productive, I immediately began to read one of my textbooks after I was done with my to-do list. Fifteen pages down, I began to feel nauseous followed by a throbbing headache. I don’t know what its cause was. So there I was, in bed capable of doing nothing except nurse my headache; and there it hit me that above all else, our health is our most important wealth. Without a good health, what use is there of all our plans when we don’t have the capacity to execute them?

Today I woke up all better, thanks to hubby’s good massage last night. I’m now ready to continue with my ‘be mindful and productive each day’ goal. But, on top of that, I will make my health a priority. It doesn’t even have to be through an arduous workout routine. It just simply means I will be careful with what I eat, drink enough water, get enough sleep and do some daily exercise/stretching and meditation.

Oh, and being productive doesn’t also mean doing so much hard work because being still and just spending the time doing nothing is a productive activity in itself. I wrote about it in another blog post here.

Happy New Year! May your 2018 be filled with good health, peace of mind, and lots of love and happiness.

How to wake up early: Hello sunshine!

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Waking up early is a struggle to many but surviving the day unprepared due to waking up late is not a good experience either. According to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Committing to waking up early can be daunting but fret not, there are ways and things to help you overcome the pull of dreamland.

Scents. Instead of hitting the snooze button, try to inhale something that will awaken your senses. I keep a mint inhaler beside me all the time.

Coffee or tea. The aroma of coffee is just heavenly, isn’t it? If you are one of those non-coffee drinkers, try tea or warm milk. These will surely pep up your morning.

Dose of inspiration. Be inspired by listening to inspirational or spiritual videos such as TED.com. What better way to start the day than some nuggets of wisdom?

Music. Listening to instrumental or new age music calms my thoughts and stimulates creativity. It may also work for you or play what you prefer — be it rock music, jazz or acoustic — after all, who doesn’t like music?

Exercise. This is like hitting two birds with one stone. You don’t only get to wake up early, you will also be healthy. Jogging can be more rewarding as you get to breathe fresh air and see green things at the park but you can also do it at home. Try some jumping jacks, wall sits, push ups and lunges.

The start is always the hardest. Don’t get discouraged when you fail at the beginning. Just keep on trying and develop this habit gradually. I tried just now which coincides with the leap day.

Getting health conscious

Fortunately, I have a colleague who is very health conscious. She shared with me the importance of exercise and eating healthy foods. She sent me this video which is very informative. It’s time I pay serious attention to my health. Hope you too 🙂