Some helpful advice on how to start out the new year positively
The holiday season with all its excitement has come to a close, leaving you feeling a little down. Take a deep breath; you’re not alone. Now is the time to take on those positive projects you’ve been putting off and pull yourself out of the post-holiday doldrums.
The holidays are traditionally a time you think of your friends and family and focus on spending quality time with them. Now that that’s all over, this is a perfect time to focus on yourself.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to talk to you about exercise; most of those “new year’s resolutioners” have left the gym by February anyway. Exercise is beneficial but I’m talking about positive things you might stick to past Groundhog Day.
Such as changing your eating habits. You’ve made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all overindulge at these family get-togethers so don’t feel guilty, but the time to start more mindful eating is now. Cut yourself some slack but remember that you will have plenty of temptation with the Super Bowl coming up in February—more food is eaten during the big game than on Turkey Day—so January really is a great time to refocus on nutrition.
You’re doing the diet and exercise thing. What’s next?
If you’re an NFL fan, this is actually the most wonderful time of the year. The playoffs can provide more real drama than the The Real Housewives of Wherever. But assuming most women don’t like football, that suggestion doesn’t work for everyone.
Another great thing to do during this time is to plan something for the future. I’ve always loved going to concerts. Since shows are scheduled so far in advance, getting your tickets now will give you something to look forward to. Or if you’re a film buff, most of the Oscar contenders are released at this time. Catch up on nominees when they are announced in mid-January. Or think about your next vacation spot. It’s never too early to think about the places you want to visit this year.
Here’s a suggestion for nature lovers: My neighbor borrows an RV every year around this time and takes his wife camping. All their kids are grown and they don’t like to sit around the house after the holidays.
If you’re a property owner, this is a great time to knock out some painting, repair or landscape projects.
Finally, I’m a big fan of decluttering. It allows you to physically part with tangible stuff while letting go of the materials mentally. I’m then able to refocus on new projects.
The holidays coming to a close doesn’t mean all the fun is over. You can still accomplish tasks you put off last year by taking them on in the new one. Finding interesting ways to complete mundane tasks can help, like asking a friend to pitch in or throwing a painting party.
Just make sure you take the time to take care of yourself. It can pay dividends toward a happy and healthy new year.