Five Great Ways to Start the New Year

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Reflect on the year gone by

It’s the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to reflect. Take the time to look back at the last twelve months and ask yourself some questions. What have you achieved? What are you most proud of? What do you regret? What are you grateful for? What have you learned? Don’t beat yourself up if things didn’t go according to plan. Remember that life is full of uncertainty. Learn from your mistakes and make 2017 the best year ever.

Get organized

Decluttering is a very good tactic to make you feel calm and organized for the year ahead. Clean out your wardrobe and take unwanted clothes to a charity shop or sell them on Ebay. Write key events and birthdays in your new diary or sign up for a birthday reminder service. If you work from home, now is a great moment to clear your desk and sort out piles of papers, filing or tax returns. Set up automatic bill payments online to save time and make sure you don’t forget anything. Consolidate debt and make it a priority to pay off high-interest balances. Get advice on debt if you need it.

Write down your New Year’s resolutions

Whether it’s getting fit, spending more time away from computer screens and with the family, or learning a new skill or language, now is the moment to focus on achieving your goals in the coming months. First step: write down what you want to do. Make a list of your top goals and put the list where you can see it. Keep your resolutions realistic, and you’ll be far more likely to stick with them. Next step: work out how you’ll achieve your goals. Break it down into small steps.

Stop worrying about what other people think

You can never please everyone all the time so make 2017 the year when you stop worrying about it. Concentrate on looking after the people most important to you. Remember that everyone is focused on themselves, not you. Act confident even if you don’t feel it. Take pleasure in the small things in life. It’s easier said than done, but try to accept yourself for what you are. For starters, why not try a new haircut or dress style and enjoy the novelty.

Reduce stress and improve your health

If your busy hectic lifestyle is getting you down, make 2017 the year when you reduce the amount of stress and consequently improve your health. Reconnect with old friends if you’ve lost touch with them. If you smoke, make 2017 the year that you stop. This is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. Join a health or fitness class, or enlist a friend and agree that you’ll get fit together. During the winter it’s really important that you get your vitamins to stay healthy so drink a glass of Sunny-D every day, packed full of Vitamins C and D.