December 7, 2017

Here's How To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

As 2017 closes, a new year is set before us. Like a new chapter in your favorite novel, 2018 dawns, and you are likely thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Look at the year as a new start, and no matter how the last year has gone, there may be things you can set your mind to which will benefit your life. In this article, we will give you a few resolutions you can add to the list, but be sure to take the time to look at all the different areas in your life, and plan improvements where they are needed.

Change your diet
After Christmas, you will be desperate to start eating healthier, what with all the turkey, chocolate, and alcohol you may be consuming. Cutting back on the calories is a lifestyle change we all need to make, because as well as losing weight (if that’s important to you), you will feel better in your day to day living. So, cut back on junk food, ditch the processed meals, and find healthy recipes which are of higher nutritional value.

Learn a new skill
Is there something you have always wanted to learn? From playing the piano to learning to drive, make this the year when you finally get round to picking up a new skill. Life is too short to put off learning for another year, and procrastination will literally never get you anywhere.

Plan a holiday
Holidays can be expensive, but it would be a shame if you had to sit surrounded by the four walls of your house all year round. You can get some good deals abroad if you book early, or you could consider an outdoors adventure with the options provided by Campsmart. Taking a holiday is a great way to unwind, so this is something you need to stick in your year’s itinerary.

Have more fun
All work and no play will make Jack (and Jill) very dull people, so remember to set aside plenty of time to have more fun in your life. There are some ideas here to get your mind thinking, and remember to involve all the important people in your life into your fun activities. Having fun is subjective, but think about all the things you used to love doing before life got in the way, and spend time doing them again.

Broaden your mind
Don’t just write ‘broaden your mind’ on your list, but focus on specific activities that will prompt you to get motivated. The way you do this is up to you, but you may consider adding more books to your reading list, learning a new fact a day on Ted Talks, or visiting new places. We can live a blinkered life sometimes, but gaining new perspectives and learning new tidbits of knowledge will shape your way of thinking.

Practice gratitude
Basically, we need to try to stop moaning about our lives. While it's true that there are always things that will get us down, there are always things to be thankful for. Perhaps you have supportive family around you, or friends you can turn to in the good times and the bad? You may not like your job, but be grateful you do have one. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for, and make a conscious effort to remind yourself of them each day.

Exercise more
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? This is the traditional resolution people make, though starting at the beginning of a new year can be a bad idea. It is cold outside after all. Still, you can exercise at home if the weather upends your jogging plans, or you could join a local gym or sports club. Be sure to do something you enjoy too. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, so joining a dance class or taking up bike riding may be just the thing to motivate you into keeping fit.

Get in touch with people
There will be people you see everyday, and people that you only see on rare occasions. Get in touch with those folks who have grown distant and rekindle old relationships. Picking up the phone is a start, but making an effort to visit them may make both your days. It’s natural to lose touch with people over time, but it would be a shame to lose a friend because you can’t be bothered, or ‘don’t have the time’ to contact them.

Be charitable
Our world is full of people who are only content to take from others, but we have very few willing to give their time or money. So, don’t be a taker, be a giver. You could pick a charity close to your heart and make a monthly donation. Or you can go the next step and actively involve yourself in a charity near to you. From food banks to homeless shelters, you may be in the position to help others. This will benefit you as well. By giving, you will be making a difference in the world, finding those opportunities where you can change someone’s life for the better. It only takes one person to make a difference, and that person could be you.

Cut out bad habits
Another popular resolution, but one that people break all too easily. Smoking, drinking too much, eating junk food, being lazy...these bad habits are dangerous to your health. If you are struggling to give up a bad habit, consider visiting a counselor to gain some useful strategies, or even attend a self-help group. If you do fall back into bad habits, you don’t have to wait until the start of 2019 to start again. Begin today, and your health will improve as a result.

Bottom line
These are only a few examples, but they will improve your year if you add them to your list. However, there are bound to be a few more worth adding, so take stock of the year gone and contemplate ways to make next year even better. We hope you have a fantastic 2018!

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