I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and a happy new year! I am so excited for 2018, I can just feel that it is going to be a good year!
Although people always set resolutions, they are often not successful as we are not in the mindset for change. Just because the year changes, doesn’t mean everything in our lives will automatically change. We have to MAKE it happen. For the start of the new year, I wanted to give you guys some tips on how to have a successful, fresh start and accomplish your goals!
Tip #1: Stay organized!
Ok this one may sound obvious but start the new year off right with organizing your months, weeks or even day by day. I currently use a daily planner to plan out what each day is going to entail and to remind me of what I have to do for everything from school to work to social events.
I also make A LOT of lists, for anything from homework to packing to grocery shopping. These help me stay so organized and keep me from forgetting anything. I leave these lists on my desk so I can always see it! Being organized is so important in order to de-clutter your life and reduce last-minute stress!
Tip #2: Practice self-care!
Self-care is so important for everybody’s mental and physical health! Depending on the person, self-care can be getting in a good workout, putting on a face mask, taking a bath, reading a book or simply being kinder to yourself. Setting aside time to focus on yourself and relax, even if it’s just for 30 minutes, is crucial for de-stressing after a long day or week.
Tip #3: Have an outlet for stress
Going along with the last tip, too much stress is such a bad thing for our bodies and mind. Having an outlet to let out that stress is so important and it can really help you calm down faster. When you get so stressed that you can’t seem to focus, working out, singing or dancing, writing or simply taking a drive can help reduce your stress level so you can return to your day. Try out a new approach and see which one works for you! For me, taking a long shower or driving really helps me get through a stressful situation.
Tip #4: Drink more water!
Everybody knows that drinking water is very important but most people are still depleting their bodies of water! Experts say we should drink half our body weight of water in ounces per day, so for example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 80 ounces of water a day. If I don’t drink enough water in the day, I usually feel more sluggish, tired and just overall dehydrated.
Tip #5: Start with a small change to prepare for big ones
It’s almost impossible for someone to make a huge life change instantly. Start with the small changes first, to set the mood for bigger changes. Switch up little things in your life like moving around your bedroom furniture, cutting your hair or getting rid of old clothes. These things will set the changes in motion and help you with the big changes. Like I said, change doesn’t instantly happen just because the year changed. You have to initiate it yourself!
I hope these tips help you guys have an amazing 2018!