I’m sure many of you can agree that 2019 wasn’t the best year ever. I’ve been going over it in my mind and I want to share some ways we could all improve our lives and make 2020 the best year yet! Remember it’s never too late to make a change, this is your life and it’s time to take the reins!
Start by putting your health first. I highly recommend making a doctors appointment this January and see where you stand with your health. Get a physical and a biometric screening to see what changes you may need to take in your diet and exercise routine. I think getting a doctor’s opinion is super important because everyone’s body is not the same and some people need different health plans than others. If you feel good you’re going to have the energy to get stuff done and be much happier doing it.
Mental Health Care
Consider counseling. Mental health is so important and there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeing a councilor. If you have built up feelings or have experienced trauma it’s time to get it off your chest and seek answers on how to deal with things. Sometimes it takes a few times to find the right councilor for you, it took me three different people before I found the right one for me and it has been a life changer. Talking to someone in confidence feels like taking the weight off your shoulders.
Take Time For Yourself
Stop putting off the things you want to do! I know life gets hectic but it’s critical for you to take some time out of each week for yourself. If there’s a hobby you’re wanting to take up, finally do it! And stay consistent with it, pick a day out of each week to spend at least and hour on something you love doing. If there is somewhere you’ve been wanting to go, request time off at your work and go. We are never promised tomorrow and we only have one life on this earth so we need to enjoy it.
Learn Something New
I think it’s really important for us to grow as a person. Think of one thing you’ve always wanted to learn how to do, for me it’s speaking Spanish. Make this the year that you broaden your mind and learn something you’ve always wanted to be able to do. And don’t worry about what other people think about it, people always have opinions but guess what? It’s just opinions and it doesn’t matter. If you’re 50 years old and want to go back to school, do it! If you’re 35 and want to learn how to skateboard, do it! Nothing that you want to do is silly, no matter what your age is; if your heart wants it, do it.
Spend More Time In Nature
If you’re like our family we spend too much time in front of the television or on our phones. God gave us a huge world with so much to offer and it’s time we get outside and experience it! Go for more walks, go see new places, take leisurely drives down new roads you haven’t traveled. Not everyone can afford to travel but there is so much to see locally and you will be so surprised if you get out there and adventure it! This will also open up communication with whomever you’re with because you won’t be distracted by media and you will become closer.
Toxic relationships can go way beyond your partner, it could be a friend, coworker, or even a family member. If there is someone in your life that is constantly making you feel bad about yourself it’s time to let them go. In some cases it can be hard because it’s people you have to be around (like a work) but you can distance yourself from them and not entertain their abuse. Deep down you know the people in your life who will always put themselves before you and those are not your people. Surround yourself in loving uplifting relationships. True friends want what’s best for you and help you during your hard times, not make it worse. You can still be kind and cordial but you do not have to take emotional and mental abuse from other people.
If your job is sucking the life out of you, start preparing for new employment elsewhere. We spend most of our time at work so strive to work somewhere you can see yourself happy at. There are so many tips on Pinterest about preparing for a new job (resume help, questions employers might ask, what to wear at a interview, etcetera). However, (from personal experience) it may take time getting the job you want so do not quit your current job until you find another one, bills still have to get paid.
Bad Habits That Compromise Your Health
Most people have their hang ups that are super detrimental to your health, in my case it’s laziness and vaping. Consider letting go of something that is hurting your well being such as excess drinking, smoking, drugs, over eating, etcetera. All these things are only going to make you feel physically worse. Bad habits are hard to break but if you try to cut them down little by little it makes it a lot easier than quitting cold turkey. Find other things that are beneficial to your life to focus on and help take your mind off the bad habits.
There are also bad habits that can compromise you aside from substances- like my laziness. Maybe you have the same issue or you have problems with lying or talking bad about people. Try to catch and correct yourself when you find yourself heading down these paths. Embed it in your mind that this hang up is an issue and over time you’ll start catching yourself and doing these things less.
Don’t bring 2019’s negativity with you into this new year. This is your chance to start fresh and make changes, and you don’t have to wait- start today! What all do you wish to accomplish in 2020? I hope everyone has a phenomenal new year filled with positive changes and experiences.