How did you feel about yourself in 2018? When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, were you excited for the new year that lay ahead or anxious, maybe even regretful?
Every year, people vow to be different. They claim that this is the year they’ll “make things happen.” But every year, nothing changes. Life happens and complicates our plans. Dreams stay dreams, wishes turn into sources of sadness and we’re left hoping that our next new year’s resolution won’t turn into next year’s disappointment.
It’s time for a change. Regardless of what’s happened in the past, 2019 can be different. It will be different, but only if you believe so. You may not know where to begin; many things we want to change are far beyond our control. That’s why we have to look within ourselves and work our way outward.
Make 2019 the year of self-improvement with these five strategies.
Focus on Your Mental Health
You don’t need a psychological disorder to talk to a therapist. Research shows that just talking about your feelings can be good for your brain. Counseling can help you gain a new perspective and insight on your thoughts, feelings and how you communicate with others. You can learn how to be more positive and handle stress productively as well as control your moods and regulate your emotions better.
Fuel Your Success with a New Diet
Our diets play a role in far more than our waistlines. What you eat also impacts how you feel.
Malnutrition from an unhealthy or unbalanced diet can lead to depression, affect anxiety and raise your blood pressure.
The foods you eat fuel all your brain’s processes. Without proper nourishment, you’re more prone to diet-related illnesses, lower energy levels and more stress.
Reap the Rewards of Fitness
A personal trainer can help you build muscle and self-confidence. Whether you want to lose weight (and keep it off for good) or just tone up, working with a trainer and dietician can help you look and feel your best in 2019.
Your physical appearance has a strong impact on your mental health. Feel good, look good. Happiness with your figure will make you more confident and capable. Adopting a fitness regimen will also give you a positive outlet to channel stress.
Nourish Your Soul with Spiritual Guidance
Whether or not you practice a religion, spirituality is an important part of happiness. Speaking to a spiritual advisor can help you find a greater sense of purpose and inner peace. You can also learn how to manifest many of the important virtues that make life easier such as compassion, humility and generosity.
Take Your Career to the Next Level
Don’t settle for any less than you deserve in 2019. You might feel like it’s too late for a career change, but that’s the farthest thing from the truth. Did you know the average startup founder is 42?
Try hiring a career coach to help you learn how to acquire the skills you need to land your dream job or be the leader you want to be. Getting this outside perspective on yourself can help you realize what your next steps should be. You may even want to consider going back to school and earning a degree or certificate online to boost your credentials.
Don’t settle for second best for yourself. Enjoy each day as it comes, and understand that life is a journey. Rather than comparing your present to an idealized future, consider the steps you can take each day to grow as a person and move closer toward your goals.
About the Author
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, health, home, and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie recommends seeking out qualified professionals like therapists, nutritionists, personal trainers, spiritual advisors, and career coaches for help and guidance.