Now that Christmas is over, you’re undoubtedly going to see a whole variety of different posts all over the internet about what it is that you should be doing in the new year. All of those “new year, new you!” posts will be promising all of the easy fixes that will take away all of that Christmas weight, get your life together and find you that perfect job all at once. At this point, most of us have gotten wise to the fact that things are never really that simple. However, the new year is an excellent opportunity for making some positive changes in your life. The key is to make sure that you’re going about those changes the right way. The last thing you want is to find yourself abandoning your resolutions halfway through January because your life hasn’t suddenly become perfect. With that in mind, here are some ways to move into the new year, the right way.
Balance your diet
You’re probably already getting bombarded with advertising telling you how important it is to shift all that Christmas weight. And yes, most of us tend to indulge over the festive period, and it’s a good idea to try to eat more healthily in the new year. But don’t confuse that with the huge number of diets that you see marketed everywhere. There are plenty of places offering solid, well-researched dietary advice, but there are also plenty of eating fads to avoid no matter what. The key to a better diet in the new year is balance. Don’t think that because you indulged a bit too much at Christmas that you need to go in completely the opposite direction. Be sensible and careful with your diet, don’t spend the new year stuffing your face but, at the same time, don’t think that you have to start yourself either.
Take up something new
We all know about the hilarious statistic of gym memberships that spike in January and then by February have all fallen away. One of the major reasons for this is because people make that same resolution every year. People insist that they’re going to, “be healthier”, “get in shape” or simply “start going to the gym.” The problem there is that there’s nothing particularly interesting about it. And boredom is one of the major things that causes people to get discouraged and give up on their resolutions. So instead, why not try something totally new. Find an unusual activity or sport that you’ve never tried. Not only will you find a new way to work out but you might just find something that you really enjoy and are happy to stick with all year round.
Don’t let the last year define the next one
Whether you had a fantastic 2016 or a terrible one, don’t let that define what 2017 is going to be like. The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to moving into the new year is to spend their time looking back. Instead, look forward and think about what you can do to make this year the best, most positive one yet for both you and the people in your life.