A new year presents an opportunity to make beneficial changes that can improve yourself and the world around you. Reflect on the past year, but don’t focus on it.
Consider constructive criticism rather than negative thoughts like regret or self-doubt. To promote positive adjustments, here are some things you can do to prepare for a happy and healthy new year!
Get Some Fresh Air
Fresh air is good for your soul. It can boost your immune system, clear brain fog and promote creativity. Nature is inspiring and provides many natural benefits for your overall health and well-being.
Spending time outdoors can offer perspective and shed light on what you want to make happen in the year ahead. Nature can automatically lift your spirits, so consider getting physical activity while outdoors for added positives.
Change starts with you — a decision to change something or an act that promotes it. You can break a bad habit and create a new one to encourage positivity in your life in the new year. No matter how long you’ve had the pattern, you can break it, whether it takes a couple of months or more.
Count Your Blessings
Recenter your focus, think positive thoughts and retrain your brain to recognize the good in the world and what surrounds you. Have an open mind and eliminate negative thoughts as much as you can. Life brings many challenges, but you can control how you react to them.
Consider writing down what you are grateful for every day in a gratitude journal or just thinking of them before you go to bed. Reminding yourself to count your blessings can reinforce positive thinking and offer solace to the negative thoughts that enter your mind.
Embrace the life you want rather than focusing on your life and how it doesn’t measure up — make the changes you want to see in yourself. Taking a mental break from the stressors of daily life if they start to feel like too much gives you a chance to remind yourself to focus on what really matters.
Make Goals, Not Resolutions
Rather than making unrealistic resolutions or provoking negativity when you don’t reach them or see them through, give yourself milestones to accomplish.
If you struggle to keep up with a strict resolution each year – like committing to working out every day – try rephrasing your resolutions into goals. Instead of saying, “Get 8 hours of sleep every night,” try “Improve sleeping habits.”
Then, you can try out different techniques, such as meditating before bed, putting your phone on silent, or trying a new exercise, like swimming. When life inevitably gets in the way, you can focus on your progress rather than your failure to hit that specific 8-hour goal.
Release the negativity you’re feeling and eliminate the unhelpful energy from your space. You can detox your life in many ways, like learning how to cleanse your home’s energy. Eliminate what isn’t helping you move forward by letting it go, whether it’s a job, a person or memories that hold you back from living your best life.
Fuel Your Creativity
What makes you curious? Is there something that interests you and that you want to learn more about? Take the time to ignite your curiosity and sharpen your senses by making a list of things you love and potential interests. Just because you are older doesn’t mean the world has to lose its sparkle. You could also sign up for an online class or plan a vacation that will teach you about other cultures.
Get back in touch with your creative side and what fuels you. If your job isn’t your passion, that’s OK — people often embark on a career that fuels their passion and it starts to lose its luster. Reignite the flame that fuels your passion and desires by getting back in touch with what motivates you.
If you love to learn, sign up for a class. Those who love to teach might volunteer to teach a lesson. If your passion is photography but it isn’t what pays the bills, invest more time practicing in your free time. Just because it isn’t making you money doesn’t make it any less important.
Preparing for a Happy New Year
Create daily affirmations that inspire and motivate you to have a positive outlook and remind yourself how amazing you are. You can have the year you want — you just have to manifest it and see it through!
Share your goals for the new year in the comments!
About Cora Gold
Cora Gold has a passion for living a happy, healthy life and sharing inspiration with other women and moms to do the same. Cora is the Editor-in-Chief of women’s lifestyle magazine, Revivalist, and she can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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