Part of our philosophy here at artTECA is for women of all walks of life to feel confident, unique and successful. That’s what our exclusive womenswear line celebrates. As we look to the new year, there are several simple yet powerful steps every successful woman can take to begin 2017 with a clear mind and positivity. Success is measured in various patterns, however, we believe behind every confident and strong woman are a few things: individuality reflected by personal style, a mindful lifestyle brought on by attention to details and an embracement and willingness to evolve and grow. All of which can be strengthened and developed with the tips below.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Life: Reboot Yourself for the New Year
Physical and Organizational Declutter
1. Declutter your space.
This applies to any physical space that you spend your time in on a day-to-day basis. this can include your home, workspace and even your car. You should eliminate from these spaces things you do not need/use anymore along with items that are not invited into the next phase of your life with you. In this case, the new year.
A study by the University of California (UCLA) revealed that clutter has a deeply negative impact on our mood and self-esteem. Researchers at the Princeton University too found out that physical clutter negatively affects our ability to focus and process information.
Picture the vision you hold for yourself — the abundance you want, the success you want to achieve and the place you want to be in 2016. This will help guide you in deleting particular items from your space. When it comes to your home, go through every room in the house, every drawer and cabinet. Evaluate if what you’re finding meets the high standard of the improved version of your life you’re working toward.
When you physically remove these things, you create space for new, improved items. Also, remember why you are removing each item from your space. The guys behind The Minimalists explain the importance of this, “People should be much more concerned with the why — the purpose behind decluttering — than the what. While the what is easy, the why is far more abstruse and difficult to discuss, because the nature of the why is highly individual.” Decluttering is a time of reflection, perfectly done before the beginning of the new year.
2. Allow room for style evolution.
We have all heard the closet organization hack of “if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.” However, the depth of closets’ belongings are often too complex for such a black and white piece of advice. If you really want to declutter your closet and prepare room for your style to evolve and grow in the new year, you have to ask yourself a bit more complex questions.
Organization expert Beth Zeigler says you should come at your closet with an array of hard-hitting questions to help you take a step back and asses you wardrobe, honestly and in depth. These include asking yourself:
- Not only when was the last time I wore this, but how did I feel the last time I wore this?
- Is upkeep for this piece a hassle? (i.e. Does is wrinkle easily? Does it show wear and tear?)
- Is this a representation of a former self, or wanna be self, or do I actually wear this?
- Do I personally need to be a certain “something” to wear this and feel good in it?
Although right before the start of the new year is a particularly good time to invest time in this organization process, Zeigler thinks it can and should be a year-round thing. She says “Keep a donation bin close by so you can say ‘later’ to clothes when the mood strikes. That way, you get in the habit of paring down so it’s not a huge feat to tackle every six months.”
Clearing out your closet also allows room for new and improved pieces which will allow for a little retail therapy. According to a study done by University of Michigan researchers, shopping to relieve stress was up to forty times more effective at giving people “a sense of control” and shoppers were three times less sad compared to those that only browsed for items. So, leave room for some new artTECA wearable art pieces to add to your wardrobe.
3. Adopt a daily planner or monthly calendar routine.
Colin Powell once gave a powerful TED Talk on the importance of instilling structure in children. This concept also reigns true with adults. Routine and structure provide a sense of familiarity and organization that allow you to wake up each day with ownership and order.
One of the simplest ways of ensuring this type of organization in your daily routine is to adopt a daily planner and/or monthly calendar routine. You will also increase your productivity. According to statistics, only 45% of the time people spend at work is actually used for completing primary job duties. A quick glance at your weekly planner and the perspective of not finishing your to-do list today will help you stop wasting time and tackle tasks.
If you need to write down not only plans and tasks, but thoughts and feelings too, consider using a journal. Keeping a journal is similar to the tactic of “write it down”, which is a great tool to use in everyday life so you never forget things. But having a journal allows you more depth and reflection. This University of Iowa study showed that journaling about stressful events helped participants deal with the events they experienced and learn to move forward with happiness and productivity. A journal allows you to pinpoint the inner chatter that’s constantly interrupting your thought process when you’re trying to get important things done. Try writing about your plans for achieving important goals.
Mental and Emotional Growth
1. Embrace the endings.
Although it may be easy to associate endings with a negative and sad connotation, the best thing you can do is embrace them. This positive attitude will lead you to discover that endings are the prequel to beginnings and with every closed door, another one opens.
This is particularly important due to what experts have discovered about endings. “Endings are full of ambivalence,” says Dr Eolene Boyd-MacMillan, research associate in psychology at the University of Cambridge. “It’s hard to acknowledge so many mixed feelings at once so we make everything black and white, all positive or all negative.Our experiences are a mix of good and bad, which is harder to acknowledge.”
In 1999 psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman developed the peak/end rule. According to him, what we remember of our past experiences is almost entirely determined by two things: “How the experiences felt when we were at our best or worst peak, and how we felt when they ended.” So, if we adjust the way we see endings and choose to see them as transitions, they can offer us the chance to grow and prepare ourselves for the next chapter.
2. The planned didn’t go as planned.
Did some things in 2016 not end up the way you had imagined? The thing with plans is that they are easily made, but life happens in between the beginning and end of plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In fact the only other thing you can actually count on in life is that it will throw you a curve ball. Most likely multiple times.
Do no regard your un-followed through plans as bad endings. There is a solution for every turn and twist plans throw at you and the answer to each lies in you recognizing the need to find one. So you realized you need to discover the answer, the remedy if you will. Great, that’s half the battle won. Rework, re-navigate and start anew. According to expert life coach Christine Hassler, “your disappointment might be the best thing that has ever happened to you.” It creates opportunities for healing and changing how you are living now. This helps create a future based on who you are and not who you are expected to be.
3. Mental detox is more important than a physical detox.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Life: Reboot Yourself for the New Year
There you have it, prepare yourself for the new year with these mindful and research-proven steps and make the most of the fresh start. A special thank you to our loyal readers and customers, cheers to the New Year!
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