A New Year, A New You

Top View of Boot on the trail with the text: New Year New MeThe holidays came and went in a flash and here we are already in the middle of January 2016. Winter is not only coming, it has arrived.

If you are like many others you might even be finding yourself in a bit of a slump. The New Year’s excitement is over and you seem to be going through the motions after the past few months of multiple celebrations. What should you do? As easy as it seems to sink further into your cocoon of post-holiday funk, it’s probably a better idea to pull yourself up and make a change.

The start of every New Year brings a fresh start. If you are looking for ways to simply adhere to your 2016 resolutions, check out our helpful tips here. However, if you really just need to break away from your seasonal blues, we’ve got you covered.

To be a new you in 2016 here’s some helpful advice:

  1. Create a vision board. Designing a vision board with pictures and references of where you’d like to see yourself in the future can be a great motivator. By putting your dreams out there on paper it will give you a physical push to get started.
  2. Start a Project Life scrapbook. While scrapbooks have been around for a while, Project Life is a recently new idea. Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a system for documenting everyday life. Taking part in this type of activity is a great way to preserve your memories as well as motivate you to go out and make more.
  3. Plan something fun. Whether it’s a short day trip or weekend getaway, make plans to do something out of your everyday routine this year. Changing up our routines every now and then can give us a needed break as well as a fresh perspective.
  4. Step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes we confuse being comfortable with being complacent. Do something you’ve never done before to shake things up. Perhaps take an art class, register for a 5K road race, or develop a new hobby of some sort. Even something as simple as cooking a new recipe for dinner can be a nice way to make your routine less mundane.
  5. Challenge yourself. While New Year’s resolutions in general focus on making goals and changes in your life, not all of them actually challenge you as a person. Choose something that is hard but not impossible for you to complete. Examples of challenges could range from placing a portion of your paycheck each month into a savings account to completing a summer reading least or finishing a new exercise regimen.
  6. Make lists. Sometimes we don’t even try to accomplish the things we want to. Perhaps this is because we lose focus of the task at hand. By making a list we not only make ourselves accountable but we also can better visualize our goals. Consider making a list of things you would like to do or accomplish at the start of each month. This also can break up the monotony of your year if you change your list “must do’s” each month.
  7. Brave the cold. Seasonal depression is a real thing. If you, like many others, live in a cold climate you probably find yourself cooped up indoors during the winter months. Even if you don’t have chilly temperatures to contend with you still might find yourself neglecting the sun in favor of sitting inside. Bundle up and at least attempt to spend five minutes outside. Consider a five minute morning or evening walk. Walking will not only get you outside into the fresh air but you will also be helping your body.
  8. Join a club or group. In our busy fast-paced lives sometimes socializing with friends ends up on the back burner. This lack of interaction can leave us feeling both lonely and depressed. This year make the time for social interaction. Consider joining an interest-based club or group. Doing so will not only connect you with others who share your passion but will also enable you to make time for your hobbies.

We hope you are ready to make 2016 a fresh year with exciting, positive changes. Don’t let the post-holiday and winter blues get you down. Instead focus on being the best “you” you can be in 2016!

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