I love the start of a new year, with the opportunity in front of you to take the steps in order to change your life and start fresh. We are given the chance to set aside any failures of the year left behind and the ability to look ahead to the successes of the future.
While the new year has already begun, you still have plenty of time to get those resolutions or goal lists written! What are you waiting for? Don’t stress yourself out over a few days gone, instead think about the rest of the year ahead and what you want to accomplish.
To help you get on track and stay there, here are 3 things to do now:
I think for many, long term goals can completely stress us out and make them almost impossible to accomplish. Instead, come up with some short-term goals (ones that can be done within two or three months) in order to help keep expectations realistic. As you complete goals, knock them off your list and add a new short-term goal.
How can you start a new year off fresh if you have the burden of the years gone in your home? Take this time to clean out each and every room of your home. Take a few hours one day at a time to tackle those unorganized areas. If you come across something you haven’t worn, used or haven’t opened in a year donate them! A clean living and working area will surely help you feel more accomplished and stress-free going into the new year.
Don’t make yourself feel bad about not accomplishing more or failing at something this past year. This does nothing but add more stress and a negative feeling entering the new year. Focus on your accomplishments instead and give yourself a big pat on the back. Being kind to yourself should always be on the top of the list, it is a good way to start the year and also a big part of self-care. Accomplishing goals or experiencing failures does not determine your worth, but they do help you to grow and learn through the process.
About the blogger: Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children.
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