You know those websites that start pushing out the ‘New Year, New Me’ articles as soon as December rolls around? Where they tell you to eat kale and do yoga and you’re all like ‘yeah, whatever’ before ordering a 2pc chicken and chips meal?
Well don’t worry. We’re not one of those sites. However, as we love giving back to our wonderful readers, we thought we’d still offer a few tips on making 2018 better than 2017.
We’re not experts; and we certainly don’t want this guide to take priority over the advice of your parents, a teacher or a trusted medical professional; but we reckon if you adopt some of these, even if it’s only every so often, your mood might be raised just that fraction higher.
Cut Down on Social Media
2017 has been a particularly difficult year. There were a number of terror attacks as well as several controversial incidents that dominated the news for weeks at a time. The constant nature of social media has a habit of amplifying these stories in a way that can be stressful and overwhelming.
This year, gestures of humanity and goodwill happened every day, all over the world. But these don’t fly across social media because they are normal. The horrible stuff spreads online because it is rare.
This is why it’s worth taking the odd break from social media. It reminds you of this fact. Speaking of which…
Keep an Eye out for Fake News
Earlier in the year, we published a bunch of examples of the most heinous incidents of fake online nonsense. Sadly, Fake News is still going to be an issue in 2018. But remember, if you question everything you read, check sources, and ask if that shouty ‘YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS’ headline is, in fact, too ridiculous to believe because it’s totally false, you’re probably going to feel a little bit better about the world.
You may also realise that a lot of the bad stuff you see on social media (see point one) is exaggerated to make people click on it, not because it’s important.
Exercise More and Eat Right
Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to sign up for some sort of ironman super-triathlon, or even become part of the January gym crowd. However, if you can commit to moving a little more in 2018, we’ll give you a big pat on the back.
We’re saying this because some of the most memorable blogs on Ummahsonic in 2017 have been about inspiring Muslim athletes. We’re talking a female powerlifter, a groundbreaking basketball team, and even a hijabi who’s refereeing Sunday league football. None of this lot are Sir Mo Farah, but their passion for sport is keeping them fit and putting a smile on their face.
Look Forward to Another 12 Months of Being Awesome
When it was Ramadan this year, we wrote about the importance of self-reflection during the holy month. Not that we would usually quote ourselves, but here is what we said:
‘Every Ramadan, it’s important for us to reflect on the efforts we made to improve during the previous one. Have we carried them throughout the year, and what were the things that made these efforts a challenge?’
This is something that it will still be beneficial to think about as 2018 rolls around. Just like last year, Ramadan 2018 will ask you to focus on your faith in an effort to be closer to God. But what’s stopping you from embracing these values even sooner?
We’re not saying memorise the entire Qu’ran before February, but if you can do small things to better yourself, help others or strengthen your faith, you’re bound to have an excellent 2018.