Happy New Year, everyone! I’m excited to start the new year with a guest post (below) from Liv at Live By Surprise. To read my post on her blog, head on over there and check it out! (You should just check her out regardless — she’s pretty awesome!)
The new year holds so much promise. It’s an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and move forward afresh with a new commitment to yourself. It’s a time to reflect on the past year (or years) and recommit to moving forward. You don’t have to make big commitments — it’s the little things that can make your new year better.
Here are nine ways you can resolve to renew yourself for 2016:
Get More Sleep
Sure — you still have a lot to do. But wouldn’t it be easier to get stuff done if you were well rested and alert? Commit to taking time to decompress at the end of the day. Get into bed a half hour earlier. Turn off the screen — read a book and then get some sleep.
Less Screen Time
Put your phone or tablet down. Instead of texting, use your phone to call a friend or family member and catch up. Disconnect from the technology and reconnect with your family and friends. Instead of taking pictures, get in there and make real memories. If you do get screen time, make it valuable — use technology to “visit” with relatives on FaceTime or Skype. If you can’t offer your actual presence, try to be there virtually!
What better way to refresh yourself than eating healthier, fresher foods? Spend time in the outer aisles of the grocery store. Buy more green! Not a vegetable fan? Try to find a new recipe that you like. Eating healthier isn’t difficult!
You don’t have to join an expensive gym. Consider purchasing an inexpensive wearable monitor to see what how much activity you usually expend every day. After a week of monitoring your normal activity, start trying to increase your level of activity. Even a short walk at lunchtime twice a week can help you feel healthier and more alert. For even more fun — do it with a friend or partner!
Get Your Finances in Order
Wrapping up your financial worries can go a long way to reducing stress. Invest in your future — talk to a financial analyst and figure out what you need to help your future. Make some new financial goals — whether it’s having a cushion for the hard times, or saving for that European vacation. Today is the day to start! You can set a transfer for as little as five dollars a month — it will grow faster than you realize.
Have a family with small children? Commit to at least one family dinner once a week. Spend time talking with your children. Take walks to the park. Play more board games. Even just one day a week — you’ll be surprised how much closer your family gets. Do you have older children or parents? Invite them over once a month and spend time catching up. Visit them too!
Live With Intention
Examine your life. Is there someone in it who regularly makes you angry or causes stress? Consider whether this relationship is worth nurturing – or whether you can (or should) cut if off. If you need to recommit to that relationship – are there ways that you can make it better? Are your own reactions creating more stress? Can a change in your attitude change the relationship?
Make a Difference
Think about the people in your life who could use help. Maybe it’s an elderly family member. Maybe it’s a neighbor. Maybe it’s a friend who has a special needs kid. Make an extra dinner and drop it off at their house. Ask if they could use a break while you spend time with their child or elderly parent. Offer to pick up their groceries.
Whether it’s just a journal you keep for yourself, a note on your mirror, or a blog – writing things down cements your intentions. Write down what you want to do — and then work on getting it done!
Becoming the new you doesn’t take a lot of time or money. Small actions with intention and commitment will make 2016 your best year yet! What plans have you got to start your new year off right?