Let’s face it, the last few years have been really weird for all of us. But, the holidays are near, and that means a time of re-envisioned enthusiasm for ourselves and the world. But, we have hurdles to get through, including starting a new year full of uncertainty after the distraction of the holiday season. Here are six ways to put yourself in a position to take 2024 by the reins so that you are in control of your mind and body.
Physical fitness is paramount to your self-confidence and self-esteem. But, if you’ve never worked out before, you may feel more intimidated than enthusiastic. Start small, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. In a recent post, Motivation Thoughts notes that exercising with a friend was a great way to keep yourself going.
If you can’t see yourself punching the time clock in the same place for another year, it’s time for a change. Even more intimidating than exercise is the prospect of quitting your job or starting a business, especially as an established adult with a mortgage and family to care for. But, there are plenty of opportunities out there, especially if you already have something you’re passionate about, such as painting, childcare, or consulting. ZenBusiness offers advice for those over 50 that are looking to change jobs, including making sure that you have an exit plan and getting closely acquainted with today’s technology.
Mindset is important in everything you do. Not only does thinking positively help you turn your dreams into reality, but it also perpetuates growth and largely influences your entire life. Motivation Thoughts has discussed this topic before and even explains that negative thinking can trigger mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Avoid negative influences and situations, and learn how to look on the proverbial bright side, even when things seem dark.
Take a Vacation
Even though you likely had at least a week off through the holidays, it’s time to start planning your next vacation. November and December are busy, with family and friends coming in from out of town, Christmas presents to buy, and parties to attend. There is very little time to relax. But, according to Travel + Leisure, going on vacation may be just what the doctor ordered. Time away from work increases mindfulness, reduces stress, and can even put you in a good mood for weeks after your return.
Find New Friends
The people we surround ourselves with throughout the entire year influence how we feel about ourselves. Open yourself up to new possibilities by finding new people to bring into your life. Even though you may be slightly outside of your comfort zone, new friends provide an opportunity for a fresh start that will bring joy to your life, especially if you’re in the 50+ crowd.
Diversify Your Plate
Are you tired of feeling bloated, having less-than-perfect skin and hair, or want to slow down the hands of time? Change your diet. Eating the right combination of foods, including fruits and vegetables, will be a welcome change for your body from the sweets and treats of the holiday season. Talk to your doctor or find a nutritionist that can help you formulate a plan that works for you, your dietary needs, and your activity level.
Everything we do each day affects our confidence and our happiness. And, although you’re likely still elated from the magic of the holiday season, you have another 10 months before you get to do it all over again. In the meantime, make 2024 the year you shine by giving yourself the gift of taking care of your needs.
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