There are officially only 2 days until 2015, and we all know what that means. Everyone wants to know what your New Year’s resolutions are. But let’s be honest, how many people actually stick to their resolutions? If you raised your hand, we give you mad props! But for the rest of us slackers, resolutions are just plain hard to keep. So this year, we've decided that instead of making resolutions, let’s just have a great year! We've asked everyone here at Cheer and Pom what they think would make 2015 better than 2014. We compiled the answers and listed them for you below. So here are our 10 ways to make 2015 your best year yet.
1. Try something new
So many times we get stuck in what we know and do on a regular basis. But think about all of the things you want to try but are scared or are too comfortable with what you do now. Think about something you really want to do. Is there a new cheer stunt you want to learn? How about nailing a complicated tumbling pass you've always wanted to try? Broaden your horizons! Sometimes the best things happen outside of your comfort zone, & who knows, maybe you’ll find something you absolutely love.
Repeat after us, 'I will go outside more'. Stop what you’re doing, put your phone or tablet down and just go outside. Being stuck inside all of the time can get depressing. I’m not saying go crazy about the outdoors or anything. Because come on, Pretty Little Liars, am I right? BUT getting outside one time a month more than you do now can feel super great. Take your dog for a walk, go on a bike ride, or just even sitting outside with a book can feel amazing.
3. Turn off Social Media
This is one that sort of goes along with being outside. Put the phones, tablets, laptops, etc down occasionally. We know, this is a hard one. Being connected with your friends and staying up to date on everything is what we love most. But sometimes our brain needs a break. Best relief? Simply disconnect and turn off the world for a couple hours. Turn up some music and just dance, read a book, or put a cheer or dance routine together with some friends. We promise, you will return to your Instagram account feeling so much better!
Sounds cliché, we know, but it can help make a slightly crappy day a whole lot better. It’s all about silver linings and making the best out of anything. It’s so easy to see all of the negatives about a situation, but the reality of it is, is that it will only make you feel worse about it and then have a negative effect on the rest of your day. Stay positive when things go wrong, we dare you. It makes a world of difference!
5. Be kind.
As the golden rule says, “Treat others how you want to be treated”. It’s probably been drilled into you since you were about 3 years old, but we can’t tell you how many times it makes our day when people are just plain nice. No attitudes and just all smiles instead. Holding doors, picking up things when people drop them, saying bless you when someone sneezes. Even simply smiling at someone when they walk past you can make a world of difference. Give it a try, make someone's day!
6. Stay Organized
Clutter sucks. Keeping organized on a regular basis will make life way easier. Color coordinating, filing cabinets, clothes categorized by occasion and color are a little much for us. However, let’s face it, you've got a lot going on. School, cheerleading, dance, competitions, work, family, friends, and the list goes on and on. It gets overwhelming sometimes. But simply picking up your room right before bed or taking the time to sit down and write down your to do list for the next day can help you to feel on top of everything and not behind.
The hardest part about exercise is getting off the couch and out the door and doing it. Most people exercise because they feel that they have to in order to lose weight or look like the girl in the magazine. We think that we should take away the “Exercise to lose weight” idea and replace it with “Exercise to feel good". Exercise releases endorphins, puts you in a good mood, and gives you energy. Plain and simple, it is just good for you. Even if it’s only for 30 minutes once a week, that alone can make such a difference in how you feel.
8. Live in the moment
Here's a question for you guys, have you ever intentionally done something just so you could take a picture of it for Instagram or so that you could tweet about it on Twitter? It’s okay, we promise that we won’t tell! Lately everything has started to feel like one big social media game. It didn't happen unless you put it on social media. We challenge you to start enjoying the moment you’re in. Do something because you want to do it and simply enjoy it. Don't worry about likes, comments, retweets, and all that nonsense. Do something and don’t post about it. It’s a challenge, we know, but it will help you enjoy your life a little bit more.
That is what we are doing to make 2015 our best year yet, we’re challenging you to join us in bettering your year! What is great about all of these things, is that they are so easy. Even if you did each of these one more time than you did in 2014, it’s progress. And who knows, maybe you'll find something new that you love to do.