Every year it’s always the same: we make plans that are never fulfilled. We make goals that get forgotten (and let’s not even get into our new year’s resolutions).
So, when all of those dreams of doing more exercise and eating healthy are long gone, let’s think about what we can do to make the next 12 months count. Let’s think about how we might make decisions that will make us look back, and think: ‘that was good. With what I was given, and how the year started, I did well’.
Here are five ways that you can make the next 12 months count, and even start a few good habits that could last a lifetime.
#1 Join a club
Joining a club can be great fun. Not only do you get to meet fantastic people in your local area, but you also get to keep fit or build on your skills and your passions while doing it. This is a great way to feel part of something larger, and if it involves outdoor activity, you get a good amount of fresh air too.
#2 Help people in need
Helping people in need in your area can be rewarding. This might be anything from giving a little extra food to the food bank, choosing a charity to donate money to (either locally or a worldwide charity like the Red Cross) or holding little fundraisers to keep your local clubs ticking over (and can be really good fun for everyone in your community). Or, you could do some pet sitting or childminding for essential workers in your area.
#3 Go back to university to get a degree you’ve always wanted
Go back to university. You can get the degree that you’ve always wanted to go into your favorite job or to pursue your passions. This kind of thing can be done at any time, especially if you study via an online university. This can help you get a little further ahead when thinking about next year, especially if you’re thinking about having a major career change in the next 12 months.
#4 Start a creative hobby
Creativity not only helps calm your mind but also builds up your dexterity and problem-solving abilities. Painting helps observation, knitting builds patience and origami helps precision. All of these things are really helpful in everyday life. It will also help you unwind and feel a sense of inner calm, and aids your concentration and focus, making it easier to keep your mind clear when presented with a task.
#5 Go traveling
Not necessarily across the country, but traveling can be a great way to get away from all the stress of life. Whether you’re camping, staying at a friend’s or just in the next town over, you can get away from the stress of your normal life and make some great memories along the way. It can be a long weekend, or a longer holiday if that’s what you prefer and can afford.
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