Life is noisy, kids tearing around the house, phones bleeping, emails pinging, even the thoughts in our own head can be noisy! There is a never-ending backdrop of sound in our lives. We rarely get a moment's peace and quiet. Start your year by creating just five minutes a day of pure silence, whether that's sitting in your car before you enter the house, in the shower each morning, or maybe in a meditative state propped up on your bed. Silence is beautiful, nurturing and healing. But most importantly, silence allows space for solutions and ideas to bubble to the surface. Make this a daily practice and notice the difference it makes!
In order to keep healthy we need to move our bodies. Don't force yourself to do exercise you detest this year, find something that you really enjoy and actually look forward to doing, whether that's a weekly yoga class, joining a netball club or putting your dancing shoes on and doing the cha-cha! It's important we keep our bodies supple and our energy high.
In order to feel vital and alive we must follow our bliss. Fill your life with activities that excite you and bring you joy. Take time to write out a list of all the things that you'd like to do this year that will bring you enjoyment and pleasure, from hiking up Snowdon to writing your first novel. Follow your bliss and I promise you'll have the best year of your life!
When you're feeling burnt out or out of control a good night's sleep can change everything. Sleep allows your body and mind to rest and recoup. Not getting enough zeds leaves us feeling listless, low in mood and grumpy. The most important gift you can give yourself is enough sleep. Fill up your sleep tank and you will enjoy your life a whole lot more! Make sure you have at least a couple of early nights each week.
I believe we are all creative in some way; we just need to figure out what floats our creative boat. Creativity generates a 'flow' state and when we flow we are totally present and in the moment, we are not worrying about the past or the future, we are in the moment and connected to life! Find a creative outlet this year and make it part of your life. Make a list of ideas today!
There are many things in our life that continue to sap our energy. Take time to think about how you can simplify your life in 2015. What can you let go of and what can you delegate to others? Create an inventory of ways you can simplify your life right now from clearing the clutter from your home, writing a 'to do' list each week, to hiring someone to clean your house.
As humans we are on this planet to play, explore and to take risks from time-to-time. My company is called 'The Game of Life' for exactly this reason! Experiencing new things, seeing new sights, meeting new people, feeling the fear and doing it anyway are all part of our growth and expansion as human beings. How do you plan to grow and expand this year? Where would you like to visit? What books do you need to read? What event/seminar can you attend? Who do you want to connect with? Make your own personal growth your priority this year.
One of the biggest barriers to our happiness and success in life is self-belief. Very often we are our own worst critics. We tell ourselves that we're not good enough, not clever enough, fat enough, thin enough or whatever enough to live the life we truly want. Changing your mind about what you believe to be possible will change your life. So ask yourself this important question as you start your journey into 2015: what do you need to believe about yourself in order to create the life you want?
I wish you all a very happy, fulfilled and prosperous New Year.
Louise Presley-Turner is a Personal Growth Expert and Author of two books. Louise's unique style of coaching has produced some amazing results, helping people to define their goals and turn their lives around with amazing success. Get your FREE life evaluator and life planner now at www.thegameoflife.co.uk