Most people probably have a rough idea what their New Year’s resolutions will be for 2017. Once the Christmas celebrations die down and hangovers subside, ‘normality’ resumes, but an exact repeat of last year is not often part of the plan.
Naturally we are looking to evolve on some level, whether that is with regard to our actual selves, or our personal circumstances. For many, it will be a mixture of both, and as your environment is the number one influence in your life, chances are the two are intrinsically linked.
So, if you weren’t totally happy with your environment or the details of your personal life in 2016, 2017 may well be the year that you resolve to iron out your life’s creases. There’s nothing wrong with making New Year’s resolutions, even if you don’t stick to them. The great thing about life is that it is full of second chances! For most things, it’s not too late to have another shot.
How will you get your year off to the best possible start? Paradise Marbella has some ideas for you:
Take your health and fitness seriously
You are what you eat, according to Hippocrates, and January is usually the time of year when we start to face up to this fact. What habits do you need to change in order to feel better in 2017? Busy lives mean short cuts, and these days we are all about the convenience. Convenience is great, but ultimately you can’t take short-cuts with your health if you want it to equate to long-term wellbeing.
Do you have a gym or fitness club membership? If you’ve lost your fitness mojo, not to worry. It will be back. A couple of weeks is enough to lost your mojo, but one or two sessions of feeling those post-exercise endorphins flooding your brain is usually enough to coerce it back; they’ll help to cement your resolve for lasting health and happiness this year.
Where will you shop for healthy food? Convenience foods and junk foods will no longer cut the mustard if you plan to stick to this resolution. Preparing your own meals whatever your schedule is the best way to control your diet – you’ll feel better for it, we promise. Ambrosia Gourmet market is a great place to go for all your dietary needs, and you can use these healthy recipes to get you started.
Treat yourself the way you (would like to) treat others
If money were (or is) no object, how would you treat others? We wouldn’t mind betting you’d do things like pay off your parents’ mortgage, take your friends out for dinner more often, etc. Even if you’re not in a position to do this kind of thing, there are other things you can do.
Society conditions us to always put others first, but where does that leave us? If you do so at the expense of your own wellbeing, nobody wins. If you resolve to treat yourself the way you treat others, everybody wins! It’s quite a simple idea but it’s one that we often overlook.
What would make you feel good? If you would treat others to it, then you should treat yourself to it; it’s a sure-fire way to remind yourself of your value and improve your quality of life. We are not suggesting you empty your bank account on something lavish and whimsical, but how about deciding on a weekly or fortnightly massage, a monthly spa weekend, or a once-a-week meal out with your spouse or best friend? Life is too short to save everything for a rainy day, and besides, the Costa del Sol doesn’t have so many rainy days!
This January, start as you mean to go on with a wellbeing package at Six Senses Spa Marbella, book a table at La Sala in the Sky, or indulge in whatever it is that nagging urge has been trying to get you to do.
Make those ‘pipe dreams’ a reality
What is it that you’ve been dreaming of for too many years already, if you’re honest? For many people, it’s that sunshine lifestyle; you know the one – relaxed, stress-free, coastal living. It doesn’t have to remain a dream. Of course there are financial factors, responsibilities and commitments affecting all of us, but it is true that ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.
When you put things into perspective, life is not so long that we can afford to postpone our happiness indefinitely. Time creeps by unnoticed and we get so used to the idea of dreaming, we forget to bother making our dreams a reality. Don’t let that be you! Be inspired. If you want that dream life of yours, start taking the baby steps toward it.
If buying a property on the Costa del Sol has been on your list for a while, make 2017 the year it happens.The expat numbers here speak for themselves; those that jumped ship and secured their dream home in Marbella are forever thanking their lucky stars that they did so.We know, because quite often we are the ones who secure it for them!
Paradise Marbella is one of Marbella’s leading Real Estate agents – we have the know-how you need. Let us help you to make your dream a reality, starting today. Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you going! We will look forward to hearing from you. Here’s to 2017 and beyond!