Tips for getting into the right headspace in the new year
Christmas is finished and New Year is around the corner. The prospect of starting a fresh new year is pretty exciting for most of us and it's not uncommon to hear people say things like "I cant wait for the New Year to roll around" or "This has been a tough year, next year will be better". Certainly the GFC and the economic uncertainty attached to that has made the last few years challenging for many people. A lot of people have high hopes for 2014 and the start of the year signals a new sense of hope and prosperity.
Happiness for ourselves and our loved ones is a priority for most of us so the question is how do you embrace the new year and get into the right headspace to make it a great one. Here are some ideas of how to do that:
- Set some goals for what you want to achieve throughout 2014. People who have clear goals know where they are heading and are more likely to get what they want. They tend to only spend time on those things that are important.
- Be realistic in your thinking. Its great to start 2014 with a positive attitude and an expectation of good things to come. Also expect that there will be some ups and downs during the year this is normal. If you have an expectation that there will be good times and difficult times you won't be hit for a six when the first difficult moment arises.
- Be resilient. Work on your resilience and your ability to deal with adversity. Things that help build resilience include exercise, eating well, getting sleep and surrounding yourself with positive, motivated people.
- Make this the year where you help others without expecting anything in return. Being of service to others is closely linked to personal happiness and satisfaction.
- Don't sweat the small stuff is a good thing to keep in mind. Avoid getting embroiled in small issues or disputes that are not important in the longer run.
- Manage your own emotions. The only person you have control over is yourself, you can't control anyone else's emotions, behaviours or reactions. You can try to influence others but at the end of the day they still make a choice about how they react.
- Practice being grateful. Most people in Australia wake up each morning with much to be grateful for, we have running water, food on the table, electricity and a safe environment to raise our children. That puts us way ahead of large portions of the world population. Try to end each day being thankful for what you have, the more you focus on this the more you appreciate your life.
Hoping 2014 is a terrific year and the above tips help to make it a happier one for you.
Dr Mataji Kennedy is a Director at Select Counsellors for more information call 1300 123 680 or visit their website at www.selectcounsellors.com.