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6 Tips To Have A Great New Year

The countdown has ended, the confetti has settled, and now you’re asking yourself how you can have a better new year. This can be a daunting task, especially if the future seems hazy and undefined; however, there are several ways to ease yourself in and potentially turn it into one of the greatest years of your life.

This does not require going to extensive lengths, but making only simple changes. Focusing on your physical and mental health, seeking some guidance, and re-prioritizing your commitments may be enough to send you towards a rich new year of improved health and happiness.

Get a psychic reading

Whilst some people remain skeptical about the legitimacy and power of psychic readings, they can offer individuals a sense of direction and peace. There are, of course, some people and/or companies whose sole purpose is to scam people for money. However, those who remain true to their practice and the wellbeing of their clients have come to be known as the “new wellness coaches” rather than psychic mediums. This is due to their focus on not only their own intuition, but also their customer’s. (1)

The term “intuition” may strike you as simply a gut feeling, without any hard evidence to support it, but scientific research has recently suggested otherwise. Through a carefully-designed experiment, scientists concluded that people are able to access unconscious information within themselves to promote better decision-making. The subject’s intuition was also believed to strengthen as the practice progressed. Therefore, trustworthy psychic advisers may be the perfect facilitators to trigger your inner awareness, help you to understand your motivations for the new year, and enhance your confidence in decision-making. (2)

Those familiar with the workings of psychics also believe that they may assist you in gaining understanding of the following:

  • Who you were, are, and want to be
  • Which career path is best suited to you
  • How to see things from a positive angle
  • How to accept the past and feel ready for the future
  • What your potential purpose in life may look like (3)

Tend to your mental health

It can be easy to neglect your mental health, especially when life becomes busy and overwhelming. You may simply want to push through and ignore that grey cloud above your head. However, this can potentially worsen symptoms and turn your new year into a re-run episode of your last anxiety-filled year. It can be extremely difficult sometimes to admit that you’re struggling and then take the next step to seek help. This may be due to the several stigmas attached and/or simply the inaccessibility of aid.

In developing countries, in particular, mental health has been declared as the most neglected health problem. People may be led to believe that there is no help to be had, which is why it is vital to not only encourage each other to seek guidance and practice self-care and mindfulness, but also ourselves. (4)

Mental health maintenance may resemble the following:

  • Cleaner eating
  • Enhanced exercise and fitness
  • Meditation or yoga
  • Asking for help
  • Journalling
  • Avoiding substances that may negatively affect your system such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs
  • Learning techniques on how to manage stress and panic
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people
  • Talking it out
  • Gaining perspective
  • Ensuring you’re getting enough sleep
  • Allowing yourself to have breaks, including social media detoxes
  • Focusing on your passions (5)(6)(7)

The benefits of tending to your mental health in the ways listed above may include:

  • A reduction in anxious and depressive symptoms
  • Improved clarity and focus
  • Relationship improvements
  • Better sleep patterns
  • Increased energy
  • Increased sense of calm
  • Boosted self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Reduced risk of isolation
  • Improved decision-making (8)

Heading into the new year with the mental clarity and calm you previously struggled to obtain may only be achieved through adjusting a few vital parts of your life and mentality. This may be difficult depending on your external factors, however, even the simplest of actions may help you immensely.

Improve your physical health

Ignoring your fitness regime for a while isn’t the worst thing; life can get hectic, and the last thing that you want to think about is hitting the gym at 5 a.m. before work. However, if you’ve caught yourself falling into bad habits that you haven’t been able to break, it might be wise to dedicate more time to them. This way, you’ll be starting the new year against a backdrop of great physical heath and energy. According to the Australian Government Department of Health, over half of Australians aren’t as active as they should be. People should aim to support each other in their enhanced health endeavors for the new year. (9)

A few recommended ways to boost your physical health include:

  • Drinking more water
  • Frequently exercising
  • Improving your diet
  • Tending to any underlying conditions/illnesses

Regular physical activity is believed to improve mood, sleep and mental clarity. It is also suggested to reduce the risk of developing serious diseases, and to strengthen your bones and muscles. A recent study suggested that those with increased levels of physical exercise are up to 50% less likely to face death cause by cardiovascular disease. If this doesn’t urge you to go for a walk a little more often, I’m not sure what will. (10)

Other benefits of regular physical activity may include:

  • Controlling weight
  • Boosting energy
  • Increasing libido (11)

Focus on clean eating

It’s common to assume that people tend to let themselves go a bit around Christmas time, and feel better about reaching for that extra slice of cake. There is obviously nothing wrong with splurging every now and again; however, as touched upon above, improving your diet may be the best step towards a healthier and happier future. Not only can eating better help to control that expanding waistline, but it has been suggested to improve overall health. Ensuring that your meals are well-balanced and nutritional is very important.

Many suggest that good meals should consist of appropriate amounts of the following:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Good fats and oils (12)

Other potential ways of achieving cleaner eating may include:

  • Avoiding sugary products
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Reading labels to ensure that no nasty preservatives have been added (especially in “low-fat” foods
  • Ensuring that you’re drinking plenty of water
  • Cooking more, rather than ordering out
  • Knowing where your food is coming from (13)(14)

Set goals

Dreaming big is important, but it’s also vital to set realistic goals for yourself. Many make the mistake of forming new year’s resolutions that are simply too far out of reach, and they end up feeling disappointed and unmotivated. Therefore, forming “compass” goals – as Samy Felice explores – may help you to actually achieve your dreams, rather than falling victim to false promises and empty wishes.

A compass goal refers to a meaningful improvement on your present state, focusing on both the end target and the steps taken to get there. It’s easy to believe that things will happen when they’re supposed to, but taking some responsibility and actually mapping out and sticking to a plan is vital. This includes understanding what motivates you, as well as how you aim to practically achieve your objective, using a measuring tool (compass) to track your progress. (15)

It’s also important to remember that goals may change as people and circumstances change around them. However, regardless of whether or not your end goal changes, ensuring that you remain open, realistic, dedicated, and ambitious will help you to get closer to the person you wish to be in the new year—creating new goals as you go.

Pick up a new hobby

It’s easy to get caught in the day-to-day antics and deadlines of work and family, and forget that you have other priorities. Some of these may include hobbies and passions that you’ve neglected, or simply haven’t had time for. Dedicating time to life-giving activities may be essential in ensuring a happy future. Picking up that old, dusty guitar in the corner of your bedroom, or finally finishing that book in your favorite series, are a few examples of things that you may want to make time for in the new year.

Branching out and trying new activities and/or recreational past times is also important. Social events and programs, for example, can often be a great opportunity to meet new people and form meaningful connections. They are also suggested to achieve the following:

  • Improve mood
  • Reduce risks of mental illness
  • Enhance cognitive function
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost immune system
  • Improved social skills
  • Enhanced self-esteem (16)(17)

Final thoughts

There are several ways in which you can a great new year for yourself. Although we can’t see the future and adjust our lives accordingly, altering even the smallest of things can make a big difference. These may include your diet, level of physical activity, how much time you dedicate to your hobbies, and setting realistic goals for yourself. Deciding to seek professional help for your mental and physical health could benefit you in the new year, especially if you’ve been struggling to keep your head above water. Tapping into your own intuition with the help of a psychic/wellbeing advisor may also help you to discover what you really want out of life, and how to steer towards it in the new year.

There are, of course, always surprises – some good and others bad, but with the help of the tips provided, you can set yourself up with excellent odds for a wonderful new year.

Chris Muller is a professional personal finance writer who has written for some of the largest financial publications in the world. Chris brings a BBA and MBA in Finance, along with a decade of experience in the field, to help break down complex financial topics into easily digestible pieces through his written content in an effort to assist others in better managing their finances. Chris is currently in pursuit of FI/RE, is an aspiring minimalist, loves craft beer, and is a dad to two kids.

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