The new year brings excitement for a fresh start. Maybe 2023 was the best year ever, or 2024 can’t get here fast enough. Either way, January 1 is a time to reflect, set new goals, and create new habits. “New year, new me” is right around the corner. Here are seven tips for living your best life in 2024.
1. Get Your Glow On
If you’re tired of dull and acne-riddled skin, implementing a skincare regime can benefit you in multiple ways. Adding a routine to your day can provide you with mental balance by reducing stress. Making it one that can improve your skin is a win-win. For your body, try a gentle exfoliant and rich moisturizer. Exfoliating your skin can remove dead skin cells and allow better penetration of moisturizers.
For your face, try working with a professional who knows exactly what your skin needs. If you don’t want to visit a dermatologist, there are online acne treatment options. Patients can receive personalized medication recommendations from actual medical professionals. Not to mention, you don’t even need to leave your couch. The prescriptions can be delivered right to your door. You’ll be glowing from head to toe in no time.
2. Focus on Wellness
Joining a gym or adding a new diet to your list of resolutions is common. However, these big commitments are typically not sustainable. According to a study by Sundried, 43% of people expected to give up their New Year’s goals after one month. With the odds stacked against you, it’s important to find ways to incorporate feasible wellness into your new year. This may look like being realistic about your time and financial resources.
While purchasing a Peloton sounds like a great idea, it’s also expensive. Instead, try finding an app that provides you with daily workout plans. Meal prepping is smart and strategic. But it also is time-consuming if you’re always on the go. Instead, prepare quick, small snacks that will nourish you throughout the day.
3. Ditch Bad Habits
Maybe you bite your nails, stay up too late, or procrastinate. These activities are fine every once in a while, but they can quickly become bad habits. Whatever your vice, everyone has one. In 2024, it’s time to break these cycles. You don’t have to get rid of them all at once, but you must start somewhere.
Habits are a result of repetition. Once these actions become undesirable, they can become a bad habit. They usually evoke negative emotions like guilt or shame. Create a game plan to overcome them in 2024. Start by identifying your triggers and then replace the bad habit with something good. For example, if you’re trying to quit smoking, you might carry around a water bottle and take a sip every time you want to smoke.
4. Find Financial Health
If being financially savvy is on your bucket list for 2024, this one’s for you. Consider what is most important to you in the realm of financial health. Maybe it’s growing your savings account or paying off debt. Regardless of your motivation, your end goal probably looks like most: spend less, save more.
Winning the lottery isn’t in most people’s cards for the new year. However, thefour pillars of financial health can lead you to success. Focus on how you will spend, save, plan, and borrow over the next year. If you need help planning, phone a friend or work with a financial services provider.
5. Get Organized
Maybe you’ve already binge-watched “The Home Edit” or “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” If so, you’ve probably edited your items and condensed your life into organizational containers. If not, spend some time over the holidays going through your clothes. Donate your gently used items.
The organization doesn’t have to begin and end inside your home. Maybe it’s time to buy a new planner or enlist a virtual calendar for help. Purchase cute notepads to make lists on and fun pens to write them with. Getting organized can create a stress-free physical and mental environment going into the new year.
6. Reflect on the Good
Take a minute to think about what went well in 2023. What were your wins? Maybe you started a new job or spent more time with loved ones. It’s easy to forget about the good that happened throughout the year. Our brains tend to focus on negative memories.
In 2024, make it a priority to focus on the positives happening in your world. Even small occurrences, like getting coffee from your favorite hometown coffee shop, can bring happiness. Remembering good times is almost as satisfying as living them, and studies have shown that people who reminisce are happier. You can list events and people that you’re grateful for. At the end of 2024, it’ll be that much easier to reflect on the great happenings of the year.
7. Set Intentions
Rather than setting goals for the new year, try setting intentions. Goals are focused on metrics and external accomplishments. However, intentions prioritize how you want to feel. New Year’s resolutions are typically inundated with to-do lists and tasks. This year, add an intention setting to your mix.
For example, a goal might be to save $10,000 by December 31. An intention may be, “I will feel financially secure by the end of the year.” The importance of intentions is that it focuses on the relationship that you have with yourself. You might not meet your savings goal, but hopefully, you will feel proud knowing that you did your best.
Living your best life doesn’t have to be complicated. Start small by implementing one new habit in January, like a fresh skincare routine. Then, work to eliminate a bad habit in February. Keep the momentum going throughout the year by reflecting on all that you’ve accomplished. Here’s to the best you have yet!
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