Thursday, 05 January 2023
You will be the same you at the end of 2023, but for the hobbies you discover, books you read, and people you meet throughout the year.
That’s not to say you need to adopt a ‘new year, new me’ mindset; perhaps 2023 is the year that you get to know yourself, what you enjoy and how you like to live.
Your fundamentals will stay the same – you’ll still have the same upbringing, past experiences, and probably the same favourite cuisine, but you can equip yourself with a new set of habits that allow you to live your life to the fullest.
Here are a few habits that could change your life in 2023, and may just stop the urge to chase that ‘new you’ in 2024:
- Read regularly: if reading isn’t your bag, podcasts and audiobooks can replace a physical book. Reading will expand your knowledge, improve your vocabulary, and provide a source of relaxation.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”- Charlie Jones.
- Get enough sleep: sounds simple, right? Getting enough sleep is important for your physical and mental health – you should aim for between 7 – 9 hours a night.
When you sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines which help to fight stress and infectious diseases. The less sleep you get, the more susceptible you are to ill health – and who has ever had their best day with a stuffy nose?
- Practice gratitude: like they said in Love Actually, “if you look hard enough, you’ll find that love really is all around”. The same is true for gratitude – if you think about it, you’ll always find something that you’re grateful for.
Big or small, recognising things that have made your day that little bit brighter can help you cultivate a positive outlook and improve your mental health. You could do this formally with a gratitude journal, or casually as thoughts throughout the day.
- Eat well: the gut and the brain are intimately connected, so not only can eating poorly make you feel sluggish and lethargic – you could also feel more anxious, depressed or stressed due to the signals being sent from your tummy to your brain.
You don’t have to count your calories and weigh your broccoli to eat better, instead, try being mindful about what you eat and how it makes you feel.
- Exercise frequently: this doesn’t mean buying that expensive gym package with the 50% off in January – start by figuring out what activities you enjoy!
Perhaps your favourite exercise is walking around your local park, and that is fine! Rather than forcing yourself to adopt a training routine you hate, make more time to do something that you love. RED January is a great place to start and keep the winter blues at bay.
- Meditate or practice mindfulness: meditation and mindfulness is so much more than a woke trend; both are scientifically proven to improve mental health, mood and memory.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate, you can practice whenever you feel relaxed or at peace. This could be whilst cooking, showering or even going for a walk!
- Be open to new opportunities: whether that’s within your career, love life, friendships, or experiences. Approach everything with a curious mind and accept change, you’ll find new doors opening to you.
If a career change is on the horizon, make sure to start thinking about what you want next before you’re desperate to move on. Reach out to a recruiter – if you build a great relationship, you can make sure you’re at the front of their mind when exciting new opportunities come around.
January can be the toughest month of the year, but focusing on building a routine can make getting through the long dark days that little bit easier. Reflect honestly on your day, figure out what slows you down and intervene - you’ll be able to de-clutter your day and make room for the things you truly love.
If you want to discuss your career path and work with a team of recruiters who are passionate about helping you get where you want to be in 2023, reach out to the team at Biscuit!
Even if you’re not looking to move within the next month, or if you’re only willing to move on for the perfect opportunity; by registering with Biscuit, you can be the first to know about exciting opportunities across the creative industries and benefit from expert advice on your next career move.
Email your CV to info@biscuitrecruitment to register today.
Have a wonderful 2023!
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