2019 is the time for cautious living

In a world of Instagram feeds and 24-hour news, it can be very easy to get caught up in the razzmatazz and crave constant adventure. Many of us live our lives at 100 miles per hour, but have you ever stopped to think about the consequences of getting stuck on a metaphorical hamster wheel? There’s a lot to be said for ‘seizing the day’ and ‘living your best life,’ but is adopting a more cautious approach to life such a bad thing? If you’re growing tired of the daily grind or the competition fuelled by social media, here are some suggestions that may come in handy.

Consider the consequences of your actions

It’s very easy to get wrapped up in what you’re doing in an age where it’s commonplace to share photos of every aspect of life. The trouble is that it’s also easy to lose a degree of self-awareness when you live this way. It’s good to be spontaneous and impulsive, but always try and be mindful of your actions and how they could impact others. It’s also a good idea to stop and think about how your behaviour and the actions you take are affecting your own physical and mental health. Take social media sharing as an example. Are you posting photos because you’re delighted to see old friends or family members or amazed by a view or a piece of art, or are you doing it for a reaction or even to make other people jealous? Have you got used to relying on comments on likes to make you feel better? Do you get anxious and upset when your posts don’t garner the desired reaction? Take a step back, tread carefully, and devote a little more time to considering the implications of what you do, say or share.

Make the right decisions

It’s all very well throwing caution to the wind and living an unpredictable, whirlwind-like existence, but what happens when spontaneity or a lack of judgement causes you to make the wrong decisions? There’s a lot to be said for slowing down, finding peace in doing nothing from time to time and living a simple life that doesn’t carry too much risk. This doesn’t just apply to rash decisions like dabbling with drugs at a party or getting behind the wheel of a car when you’ve had a drink too many and ending up facing a misdemeanor offense charge. It also applies to hanging on to negative relationships, not fulfilling your potential at college or work or neglecting those who are most important to you. It sounds obvious, but don’t lose sight of the law, and consider your own safety and well being, as well as that of those who mean something to you.

Look after your body and mind

When you’re a spring chicken, you may not think that you need to pay a great deal of attention to your health. The truth is that looking after yourself now will pay dividends later. There are many ways you can boost your mental and physical health. Go sober for a month, increase your intake of greens or try and quit smoking, for example. Whatever route you take, have conviction in your decisions, prioritise your own health and don’t take unnecessary risks. Mental health is important for all of us. You don’t have to be prone to anxiety or have been diagnosed with depression to take an interest in psychological well-being. Spend more time with people you love, surround yourself with people who build you up, and invest time in hobbies.

Are you tired of feeling like you have to live in the moment or throw caution to the wind? If so, why not make 2019 the year you slow down and put your health, safety and well-being first?