A lot of people agree that the beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to start creating new habits and letting go of the past. Some of them make resolutions, others resolve to start their lives over, and it’s true, many of them just think of it as just the “next day”, or don’t really care for “time”. And that’s fine! But me, well, I like new beginnings, and even though I know January 1 is just another day, I enjoy having the thought of starting something new.
Well, for the people who, like me, do want to start something new, here are five ideas you can try for this new year. Of course, if you’re reading this any other day or month, they are things you can start at any time, as long as you make the decision to change your habits or add new good ones to your life.
1. Workout Routine
Having a workout routine is not very easy for people who are used to having a sedentary life, but it’s something I’ve found that really works not only for being healthier, but also for a better mood, better endurance, and happier days. If you are able to go to the gym that’s great! But for me, the best thing I’ve found is working out in my own home using an app called Sworkit. I’ve tried different apps but this is the one I’m using right now, and since it gives you many different types of routines and you can adjust the intervals and total time, I think it’s one of the best ones.
2. New Planner
I absolutely love planners, they are among the things I most enjoy! Planning out my days, writing about special occasions, setting goals and challenges for myself, are things that keep me motivated and organized. (If you’d like some tips to stay motivated, check out this post.) The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to start working on a new planner.
3. Photo Challenge
Photography is a truly beautiful art. This year we are starting a new Weekly Photo Challenge, where you get a different theme (or word) for each week of the year, so that you can use your creativity to take a photograph with that theme in mind. Doing this allows you to make your mind focus on something artistic throughout the whole year. If you’re reading this later and weren’t able to start the challenge on the first week of the year, don’t worry, you can start on the current week of the challenge, it doesn’t matter! Check out this post to find out the words for the current month of 2016.
4. Learn Something New
There are so many different options of new things you can learn this year. You could try learning a new language. It’s not that hard to practice when you have tools like a free language learning app, (like Memrise or Duolingo for example). Another idea is to learn how to knit or crochet. Learning how to make wood burning art, or how to sew are also great ideas.
5. Leave Stress Behind
One of the most important things to start this new year (or at any given moment!) is to try and leave stress behind. Learn to relax your heart and stay away from stressful situations. It’s going to be one of my priorities this new year. This also includes being nicer to yourself. It’s really hard to be happy when you are always criticizing and being harsh and mean about the things you do. Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself with who you were before, and try to be the best you can be. Smile to yourself in the mirror and be kind to who you are.
Okay then! These are just some of the new things I’m going to try this new year. I hope they can help you too! Check out this free printable to set your goals for 2016.
Have a great new year and have fun!
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