When browsing through the most recent copy of Psychologies magazine (my favourite glossy) I saw a really great article outlining how to turn your life around in 2014 and boost your sense of well-being called FLOURISH. This isn't like the usual glossy mags NY resolution pages with tips on how to diet and what make-up to wear etc - this has some really great steps (based on psychology research) that are easily achievable and guaranteed to get you results.
I've given up making New Years resolutions because I never stick to them, even when I trick myself and try to call them "goals" instead. They always get forgotten about by the end of the month. Usually it's such a mammoth task to achieve that I just can't face even trying. Inspired by the article and on a bit of a mission to organise my messy excuse for a life I thought I'd give this Flourish action plan a go.
Each month I'll start with what the targets are and at the end I'll round up how (if) I've achieved them that month.
1. De-clutter for ten minutes per day: I already have this pencilled into my diary each day. Ten minutes isn't a long time and keeping things tidy is SO important, especially until we can move into our own space.
2. Enhance the space where you spend the most time: The article suggests spending anywhere from ten pounds to one hundred on making your home, or the room you spend the most time in, more welcoming and serene. When we finally get to move into our own place (hopefully this month) there will definitely be lots of little tid-bits bought to decorate the place and make it look homely.
3. Use colour to improve your mood: Yellow is great for lifting your mood and purple is really calming - something as simple as yellow flowers in a purple vase can make a huge difference. I'll only be on the look-out for purple and yellow flowers this month.
And that's it for January! Three relatively easily achievable steps to happiness!
I really want to try and make it the whole 12 months with this action plan - which means I'll need your help and encouragement too! If you're thinking of taking part in the Flourish challenge too you can tag your tweets, posts and photos #JRflourish2014
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*Disclaimer: Post inspired by content in Psychologies, Feb 2014 issue - not sponsored or paid.