As the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, many of you probably make promises to yourself about what you’ll accomplish in the coming year.
Sometimes the goals are lofty, and sometimes you may lose sight of your goal before the first month of the year is over with.
Take into consideration these 10 pieces of advice I’ve curated for you!
1. Get a Handle on Your Stress
My mom had a stroke in her 40s, and my family and I attribute it to the stress she endured at work.
She worked alongside a woman who was very critical, despite not really understanding how to do her own job. Additionally, she was a single mom with two kids in school who participated in several activities.
Getting a handle on your stress can help you live a happier and longer life.
2. Make Smaller Goals and Set Timeframes
But we often forget that these goals can be easier to reach if we set smaller goals that help us stay focused.
This usually means setting goals for each month. Maybe you want to try to lose 5 pounds in January. Maybe you want to read 10 books cover to cover in the first three months. Making these smaller goals will help you meet your goals.
3. Cut Out Toxic and Negative People
Toxic and negative people can suck the life out of you. These are people who constantly vie for your attention, or make you feel bad about yourself.
There are several ways you can cut out negative people or lessen their impact on your life. Check out WebMD’s article on toxic and negative people and how to deal with them.
4. Focus on You
If this sounds like you, you likely spend a lot of time doing for others, sometimes so much so that you work yourself into the ground.
Take time to put yourself first. Burnout happens to everyone, and it can shorten your life and make your life less enjoyable. Make time for you and learn to say no if you feel you will be negatively impacted by giving more of yourself.
5. Keep Learning
This is a great way to build up your resume with official certifications. It will keep you at the top of your game or can help you learn new skills for a new career!
6. Spend Time with Family and Friends
Spending time with family and friends who bring you joy is a great way to lower anxiety levels and depressive episodes.
I personally loved having a ton of time with my family over Christmas break. I spent nearly three weeks with my mom and brother, and was able to spend quality time with them, my husband, and his family.
COVID-19 has put a stop to a lot of family get togethers. I recommend you get vaccinated or at least tested before you spend time with family members or friends, especially if they are prone to infection.
7. Drink More Water
You can get away with not keeping clean oil in your car for a while, but eventually it will break down. The same goes for your body.
If you want flavor when you need something to drink, consider using flavor packets or liquids like MiO.
8. Put Energy into Things/People That Pour Back Into You
For example, you may feel you are pouring too much energy and effort into your job without learning anything new. However, someone else may be pouring in a ton of energy into their job, but they find the knowledge they are receiving useful for their personal and professional growth.
It might be a friendship, or it could be an organization that only you and a few others are putting time into. Do what you can but remember that you need to refill the energy that you pour out!
9. Set Boundaries
Whatever it is, setting boundaries will help you live a more enjoyable life with healthy relationships.
10. Don't Get Discouraged
Finally, don’t get discouraged if you miss a goal or fall behind.
While progress is imperative for growth, sometimes you won’t always meet your goal. That’s OK, if you’re trying. Therefore, setting reasonable goals is important. If you set too lofty of a goal, you could be setting yourself up for failure.
But everyone fails. It’s how we learn. Don’t get discouraged and keep moving toward your goals.
This year, you can live up to the “New Year, New Me” phrase. All you have to do is follow these 10 steps. Do you have an idea or tip that could help others stay motivated in 2022? Leave it in the comments below or find me on social media and let me know what you think.