I actually love this time of year! For me, it gives me a chance to look back, think of what I have done well and what areas in my life need improvement. January is like a clean slate, a blank canvas, a new beginning.
What is your New Year Resolution? My suggestion is to make SMART goals. When you set yourself up for success you are more likely to feel better about yourself, continue pursuing your goal, as well as encourage others. For example:
I am going to stop drinking soda. Replace with- I will replace one soda a day with water for one week.
I am going to lose 30lbs. Replace with- I will increase my activity and decrease my caloric intake 3 times a week for two weeks.
I am going to re-organize my home. Replace with- I will pick one room each month to de-clutter.
Once the time frame you have set is up, re-evaluate and make any changes; whether it is increasing or decreasing the goal. Try not to be too hard on yourself if you did not attain your initial goal. Encourage yourself as you would a friend. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!