While I'm not a fan of making resolutions for weight loss, I have included some new habits in my life since January 1st.
I started a mindfulness/gratitude journal. It was somewhat unintentional...I bought a planner from my local dollar store because it was cute, had a vinyl pocket, and because I'm a sucker for stationery of all types. I decided to use the monthly page to doodle for about five minutes in the day's square - bingo! mindfulness.
The weekly planner portion has a week spread over two pages, with seven or eight lines per day to enter your appointments, etc. I decided to list things that were especially memorable for the day. - boom! gratitude journal.
It all happened organically; I wasn't planning any of this, but I am pleased with how it's turned out so far.
On top of all that I started doing emotional journaling. I'm not writing with a box of tissues close at hand; it's not really all that emotional, but I am detailing how I feel about different things - mostly work, the course I'm taking, and my efforts to get healthy.
I've tried journal writing many times in the past, but have never stuck with it for any length of time. This article convinced me to try again: www.upworthy.com/9-reaso
I like getting results and the article shows that writing can help with all sorts of things.
I dug out another cute notebook I had in my stash - it always helps to write in something pretty. I'm keeping things short and focused. I am writing my thoughts and feelings only about things I want to improve in my life, and I write no more than one page front and back. It's a 5" x 7" book, so it's not too cumbersome, and it takes me about ten minutes at most.
So in all I'm committing to about 20 minutes of positive, fun, creative activity that I can easily fit into my schedule. I expect it will help me with planning, stress relief, and motivation. I look forward to seeing the good habits continue on and on.