This is a collaborative post about starting the New Year – 2020.
For most of us, starting the New Year is both a time to look back on the year that has passed – reflecting on what we might have done differently as well as what has gone well – and a time to think to the future. This is certainly something I have been doing.
Most of us spend some time at the beginning of a New Year making resolutions, setting ourselves goals and targets, thinking about things that we’d like to change, and where we’d like to be in a year. But really, it can all be a little overwhelming.
The things that you’d like to change might seem too vast, and some of your goals might be well out of reach when you are struggling to get back to normal and put Christmas behind you.
Instead of being overcome with New Year’s overwhelm, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can start this New Year off on the right foot.
Take a good look at your finances
For many of us, a big worry in the New Year is money.
Christmas might have wiped you out, you may have lost income, and you might be feeling the effects of spending too much over the previous months. Many of us are guilty of ignoring the situation. To avoid stress, take a good look at your finances, make plans for the future, explore options such as Buddy Loans, and prepare a household budget to give yourself more control.
Give yourself a Health MOT
Be honest with yourself and assess how you feel. Do you get enough sleep? Are you tired during the day? Do you get coughs and colds regularly? Do you get enough exercise? If there’s anything serious worrying you, book an appointment for a checkup. If not, focus on small changes to your lifestyle, such as going to bed earlier and drinking less alcohol.
Set some career goals
Many of us go to work and do our job day to day, with little thought to the future. Ask yourself how you feel about your career, again being honest. Are you where you want to be? Set yourself some goals for the coming year, they could focus on performance, promotion, or even a complete career change.
Make some plans with people that you love
One of the best things about Christmas time is that we get to see the people that we love more. You might make plans with friends and family who you don’t usually get time to see.
This doesn’t have to stop in the New Year. Start making time for your friends and family, and your mental health could benefit. Make plans for the new year by making a regular commitment, or even booking tickets for events.
Avoid major diet changes when starting the New Year
At the start of a New Year, many of us claim we’re going to start exercising every day and make drastic changes to our diet.
These plans usually fail, and can even be harmful to our health. Focus on small, sustainable changes instead.
Share your tips and advice in the comments below.