As another new year begins, many of us spend the first few months thinking of ways to better ourselves and creating paths to get there. By starting the year with the right mindset, you can set attainable goals to evolve as a person. Below, we’ve listed some amazing tips to begin the new year on a positive note.
Set Realistic Goals
It’s too easy to get caught up in creating the best resolution. However, the most incredible resolution doesn’t always mean major change. What’s most important is you can meet these goals without feeling forced or stressed. For instance, if you want to work on your relationships, strive to text friends or family members at least once a week. On more open weeks, pick several days to reach out to people. Additionally, plan to see these individuals once or several times a month.
If loved ones reach out, but you’re too stressed to talk, let them know. Keeping communication open strengthens the relationship. Plus, they may offer a helping hand. Getting help is impossible if we don’t vocalize our struggles first.
Help Others More
Generosity is one of the best traits because it allows us to see our blessing while assisting others. The beginning of the year is one of the best times to give to charity. After the winter holidays, many of us are still in the giving spirit. Go through your wardrobe to donate old clothes to make room for new ones or help your children sort through their toys.
As you think of ways to help organizations, make a calendar of when you’ll give. You may have old clothing, toys, or books to part with, but when summer comes around, many charities search for school supplies instead. By putting this on your radar, you’ll commit to generosity throughout the year. Create a reminder on your phone calendar for June so that you remember to collect school supplies by August.
Start a Hobby
Starting a hobby is a great way to learn a new skill or learn something new about yourself. Think about your interests and things you’d like to understand. If you love culture, sign up for classes to learn a new language. Likewise, if you love music, decide on an instrument you’d like to play.
Love Yourself More
It’s easy to put your needs on the back burner, especially if you have a job and family to care for. However, remember that you’re always a priority. This is why our final tip to begin the new year on a positive note is to write down a list of daily mantras and kind notes to yourself. Read a mantra and note each morning to start your day with a healthy mindset.
Likewise, set aside one night of “you time.” This could mean reading, taking a soak, or going out with friends. What’s most important is you do something you find most enjoyable. When we take care of ourselves, it’s easier to greet each day with a smile and look forward to what adventure awaits us.