By Zainab Chunawala and Stephanie Mireille Chan
IG: @stephaniemireillechan

A mindful approach to your year!

This year marks a fresh start! Anything is possible.s. An alternative to taking all hopes and dreams accumulated (and procrastinated) and saved up as resolutions for this time, might we suggest taking a more practical approach to best practices to follow this year- This photo essay throws light on options to have an open mind and a better lifestyle.

A Healthy & Well-Balanced Diet

Eating well is a form of Self-Respect; you are what you eat. It impacts the way we feel, the energy we have and how capable we can be. Remember what they say, whatever the problem is, the answer is not in the fridge.

Pursuing a hobby or activities of your interest

This could be any activity that you have trouble finding time for but always look forward to doing. It could be anything you’re passionate about, maybe even pick up something new and try it out! This keeps you mentally engaged making your brain sharper.

“For me, exercise is more than just physical — it’s therapeutic.” – Michelle Obama

No one has achieved fitness goals by starting in January and abandoning them by February. One reason that people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain.” –Rick Godwin. Switching your outlook can change your perspective towards working out and definitely help you find the motivation to keep going.

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears-Practice gratitude this year

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Surround yourself with a strong support system- Invest your time, energy in the right people.

Time spent socializing can help build your confidence (or at least keep it from sinking lower), strengthen your sense that life has meaning and purpose, can raise your spirits and help protect you against the effects of stress and loss. Don’t get so busy making a living, you forget to make a life.