10 Steps for a Chill 2023
10 Steps For a Chill 2023
Prepare for a happier and healthier New Year with New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to keep. 2023 is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking ahead to what the New Year could bring. While each new year can feel like a fresh start, many people fail to stick with their goals because they have no plan to follow or because their plan is simply too ambitious.
This year, we’re inviting you to take the pressure off. Rather than setting lofty goals or banning yourself from certain activities, perhaps it’s time to be kind to yourself and focus on personal development.
With all that in mind, here are 10 steps we believe will help you to lead a more fulfilling life in 2023. They’re all intended to keep you feeling cool, calm, carefree and above all – Chill.
1. Set Achievable Goals
When we’re talking about personal targets, it’s important to be realistic. You shouldn’t expect to change your whole life in a matter of months and those high expectations are one of the major reasons why so many people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions.
One of the best ways to have a happier and healthier year is to set goals that are achievable and meaningful to you. Whether in your personal or professional life, setting goals can give you a sense of purpose
and direction. Having something to aim for often leads to increased sense of happiness and satisfaction. Make sure that your goals are specific, measurable, and actionable. That way you’ll be able to see the road ahead and look back to see how far you’ve come.
Our goal for 2023 is to continue building the Chill community and help more people to relax.
2. Exercise Regularly
Physical fitness is a staple of every New Year’s Resolutions list. The trouble is, most people think they need to go from zero to a six pack in a matter of months.
In reality, looking after your physical health is a longer journey and one that will never really end. Going back to setting achievable goals, you need to think about what sort of exercise regime will be sustainable for you. If you dread pounding the pavements then maybe running isn’t for you, and that’s okay!
Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in per day. That doesn’t have to be a tough gym session or a team sport and could even be as simple as a brisk walk. The key is to build yourself up over time. If you’re new to regular exercise or have gotten out of the habit, start with low-impact activities like yoga, walking or even swimming.
The good news is that exercise can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, boost mood and increase energy levels. It might seem like a chore, but getting active really is worth it.
3. Find Ways to Manage Stress
Stress sucks. We often ignore the effects of stress and worry because we accept is as part of our fast and connected modern lifestyles, but these feelings can really take their toll on our health.
Sadly, stress can even cause physical symptoms like headaches, high blood pressure, chest pains, and problems with sleep. It goes without saying that it’s not great for your mental health either.
Given that stress can have such a negative impact on your physical and mental health, it’s important to find ways to manage it. Some effective stress-management techniques include exercise (see, we told you!), deep breathing, mediation, or talking to a trusted friend or professional.
While you may not be able to eliminate or reduce the source of your stress, you can choose how you react to it. Put yourself and your health first by making sure that you take the time you need to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for good physical and mental health. You should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and create a bedtime routine that helps you to relax and unwind before dropping off.
You should also try to practice good sleep hygiene. For most people this means avoiding screens like phones and laptops for at least an hour before bed, and trying to create a dark, quiet and cool environment.
Grind culture often conditions people into thinking that they should sacrifice sleep and keep working instead. The reality is that you need rest to function at your best – so leave the grind behind, try Chill culture, and enjoy your sleep!
5. Eat Well
What you eat can have a big impact on your overall health and happiness.
That doesn’t mean you need to leave behind everything you love, though. As with all of our steps for a better year, making sustainable choices is key. If you restrict your diet too much, you’re more likely to fall off the band wagon and binge on foods you might usually only eat in moderation.
Aim to eat a variety of nutritious foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. When possible, avoid processed and sugary foods as they can contribute to low energy levels and poor mood.
As with most things in life, natural is best – and that’s certainly true when it comes to food.
6. Practice Mindfulness
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we can’t see how good life really is. It’s in times like these that we need to stop, take stock of the situation, and recognise that things are okay.
To practice mindfulness means to pay attention to the present moment, to live right now rather than fixating on things that have happened or might come to pass in the future. This simple mindset shift can help you to reduce stress, improve focus and increase overall well-being.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, including through meditation and deep breathing. If you’re looking for an easier way to get started, why not use affirmations. When life feels stressful, pay attention to the things that really matter – that you’re alive, fed, clothed, housed, and able to appreciate the world.
Once you start, you won’t want to go back.
7. Stay Connected
Social connections are important, whether you count yourself as an introvert, extrovert, or don’t want to put a label on it.
We are naturally social creatures. Being around and with others can help us to feel like we’re part of something bigger, and provide us with the support we need to lean on when the going gets tough.
Take every opportunity to surround yourself with supportive friends and family. Make time for social activities that you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and enjoy all that an active social life has to offer. After all, you can always go home if you’re not feeling it!
8. Take Time For Self-Care
While everything in this list could be considered self-care, it’s important to recognise that we all need to take time to ourselves. While work and leisure activities can often become all consuming, we need time for rest so that our minds and bodies can stay energised and perform at their best.
Make sure that you’re prioritising sleep, exercise, healthy eating and mindfulness. Taking a few extra moments to look after yourself will always pay off. You’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and better able to handle the demands of daily life.
9. Try New Things
2023 is a new start and a fresh opportunity to enjoy all that life has to offer.
While work, school and other day-to-day activities can get us down and stuck in a rut, it’s worth making a conscious effort to get out into the world and make memories. This could mean finding a new hobby or joining a club, travelling, or simply reading more books to help expand your worldview.
If you’re feeling a little less adventurous but still want to Chill, try our CBD gummies or smokes for the ultimate relaxation break.
10. Do More Of What You Love
Whatever 2023 holds, make sure that you’re spending as much time as possible doing things that you enjoy. It might be that you are excited to hit the ground running at work, improve at your favourite sport, or just spend more time with family and friends.
Life is for living, so make sure that you’re getting the most out of the time and opportunities that you have.
From everyone at Chill, have a very happy, healthy and relaxing New Year!