There’s no better way to start off the New Year than with a fresh start. With the new year, you get a clean slate to make things better and brighter. If you’re feeling down, this is the perfect time to change your life. You have an opportunity to re-evaluate yourself and take control of your future. As cliché as it sounds, now is the best time to start living your dreams! Here are 5 ways that you can make this New Year special:
Clear out the junk.
Every time you walk into your house, you’re faced with a million things you don’t need. These things pull you down and make you feel like you have too much to do and insufficient time. You’re constantly surrounded by things that aren’t important to you, and that only serves to bog you down. Make a New Year’s resolution to clean out all the stuff you don’t need and make more space in your home. You’ll feel much lighter and be more ready to take on the challenges of 2023. Why not make this a clean-out-the-junk challenge? You’ll be glad you did.
Take up a new hobby or sport.
Do you want to change your current activities or hobbies? Maybe it’s time to try something new. Pick up a new sport or learn a new skill. You don’t have to be an expert at it immediately—find something that interests you and that you can master. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll enjoy it and what a difference it can make in your life. Also, it’s a great way to make new friends and meet new people. You’ll be constantly challenged, and you’ll improve every day.
Do something you’ve been putting off.
This could be anything from cleaning your apartment to taking out the trash. You might be putting off many things in your life, but they don’t matter. If you’ve been procrastinating on any of them, finish them now. It will only make your life better in the long run.
Make a dinner date with an old friend.
You have many friends online and through social media, but very few are real-life friends. Resolve to spend more time with your family and friends. Sit down with your parents and make a plan to hang out more often. Please go out, grab a drink with a friend, and talk it out. It might surprise you how much this can help you.
Give back to your community.
This could be anything from volunteering at a local hospital or helping a homeless person find shelter. This is a great way to make a positive difference in the world. Part of the reason you feel so down is that you’re tired of feeling down. Give back to your local community and make it a part of your New Year’s resolution.
You can take up a new challenge.
If you’ve been putting off challenges for too long, now is the perfect time to take them on. Pick a goal that’s been bothering you and make it your New Year’s resolution. It’s easy to get tired and let things slide, but this is the perfect time to take a step back and re-energize yourself.
So, there you have five ways to make this New Year special. Now it’s your turn. What will you do to make 2023 the best year of your life? Let us know in the comments!
Dr. Ronald Bissell is a retired surgeon, author of 6 books on Personal and Spiritual Growth, writer of numerous articles and facilitator of workshops. He has been giving talks to help people with life-threatening diseases for the past 10 years. After three years of chemotherapy he recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat Multiple Myeloma. His work now involves helping others with life-threatening diseases as well as teaching people how to live their best lives without fear or anxiety.