We should be constantly creating goals, making mistakes, learning and growing through out the year, but the New Year is a great time to get motivated and inspired to make even bigger changes. Start to create goals and take the actions to accomplish them. Here are some little actions that go a long way to be a better person in 2017.
Making it a habit in 2017 to write more frequently, whether it be three times a week or every night, will help you let things go and think things through whether it be unconscious or conscious thoughts that come out of it. It's always nice to spill your inner thoughts onto a page, it's a nice 'de-stresser' and you stay more in tune with your mind.
Whether you are religious or not, it's always great to get in touch with your spirituality. Try out meditation, incorporate yoga into your weekly or daily routine, get to know who you are and what you want in life. Focus on your conscious or unconscious thoughts, sit with yourself. Stretch and breathe everyday. Search for the meaning of your own life and find that universal human experience through your own personal spiritual practice.
Sleep & Water
Sleep is very important and you will notice a significant difference to your body and mind once you maintain a healthy routine of going to bed/waking up at reasonable times (according to your own schedule), with 8+ hours of sleep. For the New Year, make new habits to help you go to bed earlier. Before bed, replace technology with a journal or book. Set your alarm early and plan to stretch and do yoga in the morning. Make it a goal in 2017 to wake up every morning and drink a big glass of water. Or you can buy a big water bottle to carry throughout the day. You will also notice your skin getting brighter and your body becoming more energized once you actually drink the amount of water you need each day.
Gratitude & Happiness
The key to happiness is staying in the moment, appreciating everything around you, and expressing your gratitude. It's nice to have a little gratitude journal with everything in your personal life that you are really grateful for, maybe something you realized you were taking for granted. Write some down everyday in 2017 and always read them. Read them when you're feeling down and also when you start your day. This is a step into happiness.
Clean out (physically & mentally)
Clear out your mind, your room, and any negative energies in your personal life. Declutter your space around you, freshen it up for the new year. Get rid of the old, the past. Declutter your mind and get rid of anything that doesn't serve you. Surround yourself and the space around you only with things that feed your soul, mind, and ideas with positivity, and helps you grow. You deserve the best.
Communicate & Forgive
Communication is key. Express yourself, share your voice. Don't hold onto grudges or the past. Let 2017 be the year where you communicate your feelings, apologize when you should, forgive and forget when necessary, and let go when you know you should.
There's hope, love, and creativity that is awaiting for us in 2017. Let's go for it. Wishing you all the best. Happy New Year.