The new year is upon us and it is time for you to take stock and analyse how the last 365 days has been. Are you holding a grudge? Sitting on a massive debt? In a fight with your mom? Don’t panic, there’s still time to fix all these things and start your new year off right.
Did you have a birthday in the past year? Celebrate an anniversary? Get married, have a baby, get promoted, attend a holiday party, win an award, or do any of the many things that inspire others to give you gifts or treat you?
These things are some of the things that makes life interesting. It however is all too easy to forget to express your gratitude to others in such moments. A hand-written thank-you card is the gold standard of gratitude, but even a thank-you call, text, or email will make both you and the other person feel awesome.
Adding piled papers on your work desk
All through the year, you have probably gathered important financial papers, from medical bills to credit card statements to charity donations.
Now is the time to organize what’s important and throw out what’s not. That way, you’ll be able to find exactly what you need when you need it and you won’t be panicking later on in the year.
Holding a grudge
Chances are pretty good that something happened in the past year that really upset you. It could be a friend betrayed you, a family member lied to you, or a stranger on the Internet viciously attacked you, it can be really tough to let those painful feelings go.
However, refusing to forgive is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die. Start your new year fresh by doing whatever it takes to let go of those painful feelings and move past the hurt. See a therapist, talk to a clergy person, or meditate. Do all you can to let go of the grudge.
Picking a fight
It could be that you are the wronged party or you’re the one perpetrating the wrong. Or, more often than not, you’re both partly wrong. Regardless of who was wrong, you know when you’ve done a bad thing. So say you’re sorry.
Apologizing is hard… but not as hard as letting the argument carry over into a whole new year, to grow and metastasize until it kills your relationship. If you can’t say it verbally, start with an “I’m sorry” note, email, or text.
Having loads of junk food
Diet, exercise, and weight loss goals are by far the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2019, but many of us sabotage those healthy goals before they even start by setting up our environment for failure.
Resist the mindset that you can eat whatever you want and then start off your diet on January 1. Making small changes is a much more realistic and sustainable method. Start today by cleaning out your junk food stash, stocking more fresh fruits and veggies, and looking up healthy recipes.