January is often seen as quite a depressing month, and often this can feel like one of the worst months in the year. You feel like you are struggling to make ends meet, that the weather isn’t great and perhaps you have already failed at one of your new year’s resolutions. However, let’s look at this from an alternative view, shall we? January can actually be a real positive month, and often some of the things you can do right now, can seriously impact your whole year for the better. I wanted to share with you just four of the things you could do this month to help you kick start this year the right way.
Change your mindset
Your mindset can often be the difference between things going well for you and things taking a decline. Just like lack of sleep and feeling a little “han-gry” can have the same effect. Literally, a negative mindset and outlook will make things feel far more bleak than they actually are. So use this month to change the habit of your thought process and start to think positively. It may seem forced at first, and often this is what causes people to back off. But like anything it will soon become a habit, and could spark some real changes for you. Go on, try it yourself and see the difference it could make to your mood and day.
Embark on a healthy lifestyle
Everyone is talking about a new year new you mentality, and while embarking on a healthy lifestyle fits into this category, try and do it with a different motive. A healthier lifestyle generally means being more active, which doesn’t mean endless gym sessions but could be as simple as going for a walk. It doesn’t mean trying out the latest diet fad, only to feel hungry and even more down. It’s about having a more well-balanced diet and eating the things that truly nourish your body and make you feel good. With a little indulgence thrown in if you fancy it. A healthier lifestyle could be the stepping stone to gaining more energy and feeling better about yourself. What more could you want?
Look at your financial situation and make positive changes
Your finances may have taken a hit during december, and this can be a real drag while you wait for January pay to come in. So instead of swelling on the situation, why not take some action? Tackling things like debt and looking into debt settlement options. It could also mean looking at your regular payments and making some reductions where you can to boost your income.
Plan your whole year, right now
It may sound extreme, but what is wrong with making plans for the year ahead right now? Of course nothing needs to be set in stone, but a little bucket list of all the things you want to do could kick start your motivation to make some other changes in your life. Maybe you want to go away on holiday? Visit a certain city or destination? Write down all the things you would like to dom big and small, and start to feel inspired for the year.
I hope that this helps you make an impact for the year ahead.