The new year is an exciting time to reinvent yourself and your routine. January becomes a fresh slate for everyone to set new goals for the upcoming year.
The best way to make the most out of the new year is to set realistic goals and expectations for yourself that are reasonable, doable, and will improve your life without feeling pressured to achieve more than anyone else. All you can do is be the greatest version of yourself and create healthy habits that are easy to maintain.
Simplify your life:
Starting the year off ‘fresh’ can mean a lot of different things, but one of the most common ways to start the year off strong is by decluttering and ridding your living space of things you no longer have use for. Start by cleaning out your drawers and organizing important documents and throwing out things that have no value or purpose. By doing so, you’ll have more space for new things and feel less cluttered and overwhelmed.
Cleaning out your closet and storage bins is a great and easy way to de-stress and make space for yourself. Donating items you no longer need to charity will make you feel like your items are going to good use, and not simply sitting on a shelf or a hanger being unused. When cleaning out your belongings, ask yourself if you’ve used/worn it in the last six months, and if you plan to use/wear it in the next six months. This should help you decipher what you want and need versus what is taking up space and needs to be given away.
Simplifying your life will give you peace of mind and clarity that allows you to make room for new things in the new year, and is an easy task that can be done in January and then repeated a couple times throughout the year.
Prioritize your health:
A common resolution for people going into the new year is to set new health goals, typically when it comes to their diet and exercise. The problem is that sometimes these goals are too ambitious and are hard to maintain. Simply prioritizing your health and setting small, realistic goals that you can accomplish daily is a good way to set yourself up for lasting positive changes in the new year.
Practicing light to moderate exercise a few times a week is a great way to get started and start a routine that allows you to accomplish your goals. One of the best ways to begin prioritizing your health is to simply walk daily. Southgate’s park and 3-acre campus gives you ample space to walk everyday while chatting with friends. Our health club and spa is another great way to get light to moderate exercise, like swimming or light yoga.
Learn something new:
At Southgate, we offer many amenities such as an arts and crafts studio and woodworking shop. An attainable goal for the new year is to try to learn new things and pick up new hobbies and skills, which is easy to accomplish here at Southgate!
Learning something new can allow you to connect with new people, make new friends, and find talents you didn’t know you had. If you’re interested in painting, crafting, woodworking, or creative writing classes, the new year is the perfect time to dive in and pick up a new skill! And if you don’t enjoy the new thing you tried, you can simply try something else that sparks your interest more! Your options are endless and you’ll become a more well-rounded individual by trying new things and experiences.
The new year is a great time to set resolutions and goals, but make sure to pick things that are realistic and attainable. By doing so, you’re setting yourself up for success and will feel more accomplished and fulfilled at the year’s end.