We spend our lives making lots many promises to other people, but shouldn’t the promises that we make to ourselves be just as, if not more, important?
The start of a new year is always a good time to press the reset button and set new goals and intentions, but it’s also a beautiful time to make some promises to yourself. Promises that will give you the best chance of achieving everything you want this year. Promises that are kind to you. Whether it’s better self-care, starting your breathwork journey, embarking on a new adventure or something else, these promises will help you embrace who you are as an individual.
Make some promises to yourself, and carry them forever.
8 Promises To Make To Yourself This Year
Living in the moment can truly benefit your mental and physical health in extremely impactful ways. So this year look up from your phone and take in the view. Spend some real face-to-face time with your closest friends and families and make memories. Take moments to yourself to just breathe and think instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Be present.
You are your own beautiful and worthy individual. You’re unique, special and loved. You will not gain anything from comparing yourself to others on social media or in real life. What you see on Instagram is an edited version of life - it’s the best parts: the best pictures, the best views, the best activities, the best angles. It’s not the day-to-day routine that you experience. Your success is yours; own it. It does not depend on other people’s successes.
Be your biggest fan, not your number one critic. Speak encouragingly to yourself. Help yourself get up each time you’re struck down; when worse comes to worst, you are going to be your own life coach. It can be tempting to turn to others when your self-confidence needs a boost and seek compliments, instead give yourself some time to reflect on why you believe you are worthy. Write down your qualities and as many good things about yourself as you can think of - from thoughtful things you’ve done for others to aspects you love about your personality. Don’t be shy or hold back! Declare it wildly and believe it just as fiercely.
If you do anything this year, be sure to look after yourself. Take care of your mental and physical health. Slow down and embrace mindfulness practices and healthy routines. Do what makes you happy. Surround yourself with people you align with and who support you. Breathe, write a journal, make boundaries, learn to say "no", keep yourself hydrated, exercise, meditate, soak in some sunlight, walk, and eat healthy. Say yes to happiness!
Gratitude is truly such a powerful force. It reminds us how special it is to have what we currently have rather than what we don’t. It’s a state of living in abundance versus living in a state of lack. Read more on gratitude and how it can change your life here.
The biggest investment you can ever make in life is the investment you make in yourself. Things may not always pan out the way you had hoped or planned but the beauty of it is that you will never lose out on the person that you are. Work at believing in your talents, your great qualities - go out there and seize the moment. You have one life, spend it believing in your abilities and achieving everything you put your mind to. Remember, the more you believe in yourself the more others will too.
There is nothing to gain from ‘powering on’ and pretending you are a machine. Your body needs recovery time. Rest when you need to and slow down if things become out of control. This year, you must promise to take care of yourself, and learn when to stop.
Sometimes, feelings and emotions can be overpowering, but take out some time to introspect. Reflecting on what you want and then setting goals requires a lot of honesty. But remember you have to do that to be happy! It can be terrifying, but unless you don’t know how you feel, you can’t really make progress.
What other promises are you making to yourself this year?