One of the reasons that myself and so many other people love the idea of the new year is because we look at it as a chance to start fresh. To start over. To be better than we were the year before.
While I definitely don’t think that you need the new year as a reason to start fresh, there’s just something so appealing about it.
At the start of a new year, many of us are busy setting goals and making plans to improve. But I feel like not many people actually think about the ways that they can give themselves a fresh start. I know that I hadn’t really thought much about it before – I was too caught up in the holidays and goal-setting.
But as I thought about it, I realized that there are so many things we can do to really start fresh and take action as soon as the new year begins. Actively changing these things up can really help motivate us to tackle all of the things we want to in the new year.
So, here are 7 ways that you can start fresh in the new year!
1- Set goals for yourself.
I know, this one seems obvious – but maybe you haven’t done it yet. First, reflect on the previous year. If you set goals, how did you do with them? What would you like to improve? What would you like to accomplish this year? Setting new goals is a great way to start fresh and the biggest way to improve your life, in my opinion. If you need some motivation to set goals, check out some of my many posts on the topic:
- Tips for Setting Yearly Goals (Free 2019 Goal Setting Planner)
- 11 Helpful Strategies to Reach Your Goals
- 8 Steps for Setting + Achieving SMART Goals
- The Benefits of Writing Down Your Goals
- How to Juggle (and Achieve) Multiple Goals
2- Change up your look.
This may seem simple but sometimes changing up your look can give you motivation, confidence, and a bit of a fresh start. Cut or dye your hair, go through your wardrobe and buy yourself some new clothes, get a new piercing, try out a new makeup look – or even all of the above. Whatever makes you feel best! This can help you start the new year feeling more fresh and confident.
3- Work on your home.
Our physical environment plays a major role in our life. It can affect our motivation, our energy levels, and our mental health. If you want to start fresh, changing some things in your home can definitely help. It doesn’t have to be something major like remodeling either. You can simply give it a deep clean, declutter it, organize it, paint it, or even rearrange your furniture!
4- Deal with the toxic people in your life.
If there’s someone in your life that’s constantly bringing you down, causing drama, or just making you unhappy, deal with that relationship. I’m not saying to cut the person out of your life completely, unless that’s what you have to (or want to) do. But life is way too short to be spending time on people that cause nothing but bring us problems or pain. You can read a post all about dealing with toxic people right here if you need help!
5- Start a new hobby.
Hobbies are great, and it’s always fun to try new ones. Is there something you’ve always wanted to attempt – painting, yoga, camping, anything? Trying a new hobby will allow you to step out of your comfort zone a little bit and maybe even learn something about yourself. It will also allow you to try new experiences, meet new people, and learn something new. It’s great for a fresh start and changing up your life a little bit!
6- Identify your top priorities.
At the beginning of each year, it’s a good idea to take stock of your top priorities in life. This can help you make sure your life is balanced and you’re focusing on what you need to be focusing on for the year. If you need some help figuring out how to prioritize your life (and a free worksheet) you can check out this post right here!
7- Take a break.
We all deserve a break now and then. After all, you worked hard last year – right? The beginning of the year is a great time for a break because it gives you a chance to pause, reflect, and start the new year refreshed. Plus, it could give you a chance to come up with some fresh goals and ideas. So if you feel like you need a break in order to start the new year fresh, don’t feel bad about taking one!