It’s a new year and a new decade which means it’s time for some changes! Every year, most people start off trying to make changes in their lives. However, these can often fall short. I think this usually comes down to a lack of motivation, lack of quick progress, and poorly set goals in the first place.
Here are 10 things that you can change in your life simply by actively and consciously altering your AWARENESS of these things…
1 – Possessions and Space
Some of us are completely unaware of how much stuff we have! We always aim to tidy up and clean, trying to find a space and a home for everything we have, when in reality, we probably don’t need as much as we have in the first place.
Not everyone is interested in the minimalist lifestyle; that’s fine. However, it is a good idea to be aware of what you’re buying and why. The intention behind your purchase could make all the difference.
Are you buying it just because it’s cheap?
Do you actually need it?
Will you use it/ wear it enough to warrant the purchase?
Do you have a place for it?
Ask yourself questions before buying. Stick to a budget. If you are buying new things, perhaps adopt the idea of the “one in, one out” rule, where if you buy a new jumper, you sell or donate an old one (for example).
Simply being more aware of what you buy and why will surely decrease the amount you spend and the amount of stuff you accumulate. Similarly, an awareness of what’s in your home and whether it’s needed will help you to change how you look at what you own.
“Does it spark joy?” – Marie Kondo
If you don’t need it, if it doesn’t make you happy, get rid of it!
2 – The Environment
I am no expert in this area. I have yet to dive deep into how I can become more environmentally conscious and friendly myself. However, I do hope to make even small changes in 2020 and going forwards – as should we all.
This is our planet. Ours. It is our duty to protect it. To ensure that all life here has a home and is thriving. We all have a role to play. Small changes can make a big difference and it all starts with simply being aware of what you’re doing and how it may affect our world.
- Meat consumption
- Carbon footprint
- Greenhouse gases
- Plastic use
- Fast fashion
3 – Social Media Consumption
It’s good that more people are talking about our obsession with social media and how unhealthy it can be. No one is saying that we should give it up altogether or that it is the apps themselves that are to blame. However, we all could do with being more conscious of how much time we spend on social media and what we are actually consuming.
Do you follow accounts that make you feel good?
Are you inspired and motivated by it, or jealous and sad?
Are you wasting precious time staring into the lives of others too much?
Your health is important. Your time is important. Be aware of how your social media is making you feel. Be stricter about what you look at and how long for.
- Unfollow accounts that make you feel low
- Set limits on your phone so that you can’t endlessly scroll
- Stop using it after a certain time at night
- Delete the apps now and again/ have a detox
4 – Sustenance
Just as with social media consumption, be more attentive to what you are putting into your body. I will never tell you to do set diets. I believe in balance. However, we all could do with being more conscious about the foods and drinks we put inside us.
These foods will affect your body directly, so be aware of whether it’s in a good way or not.
How do you feel after eating certain foods?
Do you know how to cook or do you get takeaways and frozen foods all the time?
Are you gaining energy or losing it?
Are you hydrated enough?
How’s your digestive system?
As cliche as it is: your body is a temple, treat it as such.
5 – Activity
It is easy to spend your whole day sitting if you’re not careful. Sitting in the car, sitting at your desk, sitting on the sofa at home. This isn’t good for us. It’s good for our hearts to stand, and even better to move your body often.
Stretch whenever you can to keep your muscles, bones, and joints feeling flexible, strong, and healthy.
I won’t tell you which exercises to do or when; that’s up to you. But it is important to move your body every day. Walk as much as you can. Get your heart rate up with an activity of higher intensity.
You will find energy and motivation from movement; be aware of how much you’re getting.
6 – Relationships
I know it can be hard as a busy adult to maintain good relationships. We often find that we spend time with the same people (or person) repeatedly; we fall into a routine.
It is important to not neglect other relationships. Call your mom, have coffee with your sister, visit your grandparents, have lunch with an old friend.
Also, be aware of how you are with people. Are you being present when you’re with them? As in, are you giving them your undivided attention? Are you listening? Engaging? Connecting?
Do you make time for the right people?
Do you spend time with people who make you feel good? Are you making them feel good, too?
I want to forgive those I love more quickly in 2020; to give to them freely and be my best self for and with them.
Simply up your awareness of and in your relationships; take care of them.
7 – Emotional Heath
I won’t dive too deep into this one as I always talk about mental and emotional health, but it could be important for you to better your awareness of these aspects of health in 2020.
You needn’t hop on the latest trends such as yoga, meditation and bullet journaling if you don’t want to – although, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! I think that simply being more aware of how you feel and what you think and why is all you really need.
What affects you?
And document it, for reference and analysis and personal insight. It could be life-changing.
8 – Habits
Pay attention to your routines; to your habits. What do you do without even thinking about it? What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? What do you eat each day of the week? How often do you pick up your phone to check on social media?
Being aware of your habits can be eye-opening. You could be doing plenty of things that have gone unnoticed. These could be good…or bad.
In 2020, by picking up on these things, you may see patterns that need altering. You may finally find more time to do things you actually want to do, instead of things you’ve been doing out of habit that are no good for you.
9 – Reading and Learning
It is important to be aware of the information you are taking in. Are you more likely to spend an hour reading tweets on Twitter, or reading a book? I think it’s interesting how some people say they have no time to read or learn, but are quite happy to sift through random (often useless) memes and tweets and the like on social media!
Now, do what you want, of course! But we all must agree that there is less life-changing, healthy, useful info found in memes than in books…right?
I’m mostly talking to those people who say, “I’d like to read more but I don’t have the time” or “I want to learn a new language but I can’t fit it in.”
You probably do have time, it’s just about being aware of how you’re spending your time and how you could better spend it.
It will be so good for you, I promise you, to read and learn more actively. Be aware of the information you’re taking in this year, from where, how, and why.
10 – Who you are
I’ve saved the best for last! In 2020, it’s time to pay attention to who you are. Who you really are. I believe you are what you do. You can’t say you’re a writer if you never write anything…right? Titles are just titles unless you can back them up.
So, who are you? What do you do?
Heavy questions, I know! This is why you need to adopt a better self-awareness in 2020. Self-awareness is the key to everything:
- Habits and change
- Intentions and authenticity
- Health and happiness
- Relationships and connection
Get to know yourself. Reignite the parts of you that have been forgotten or neglected. Show up more often as your best self by actually knowing who you are and what you’re capable of.
What skills do you have? What are you good at?
What are your dreams? Your goals? Your deepest desires?
What makes you feel good? Who? Why?
What would you like to learn? What would you like to get better at?
What are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
What are your values?
What’s your purpose? Your passions?
Who are you?
Pay attention to that person, because they’re pretty darn important!
There you have it, my 10 things to change with awareness in 2020. Did you like my list? Let me know…