5 Ways to Start 2017 on the Right Foot

Posted on January 1, 2017 - 2016 was definitely a rough year for almost everyone. A recent survey revealed that most Canadians cannot wait to say farewell to 2016 and felt it was a bad year personally, provincially and nationally. If we thought it was that bad for us, imagine how bad 2016 was for our neighbours to the south? Let’s just say we’re all hoping 2017 will be an improvement. But how do we ensure 2017 isn’t just 2016 all over again? Check out the five tips below to help you start the new year on the right foot.

Conduct a yearly review

The best way to jump into 2017 is by taking a look back at 2016 and doing a review. Ask yourself questions like: What went well this year? What didn’t go so well? How did I improve? What did I accomplish? After you’ve done some reflecting, you can use these questions to set goals for the new year. Is there an area you neglected in 2016 or maybe a new passion you uncovered that you’re looking to dig into deeper? A yearly review is a great way to see where you’ve been and help plan where you want to go next.

Organize and de-clutter

Out with the old and in with the new! The start of a new year is the perfect time to organize and de-clutter your home. Do one room at a time and get rid of anything that’s broken, out of date or never gets used. Donate any items that are still in good shape; many charities still rely on donations after the Christmas season. You can also use the new year as an opportunity to make some changes around the house. Maybe you want to move your bed to a different wall or set up a garden on your balcony. Now is the perfect time to do it!

Give up one bad habit

Start small and commit to making one change for the better by giving up a bad habit. Most people make the mistake of using the new year to cut out all of their bad habits at once, and end up right back where they started. So we’re suggesting you start small and build yourself up from there. For example, you might want to give up gossiping or get better at replying to text messages in a timely manner. If you want to tackle a big habit, like quitting smoking, start with the first baby step, such as finding a support group to help you quit.

Commit to one healthy change

Again, we suggest you just start with one small positive change. Many people like to start the new year off by declaring, “This is the year I’m going to get healthy!” But they don’t follow through because “get healthy” is such a huge goal. We suggest you start with one healthy change and add more throughout the year. Some ideas to get you started might be committing to drinking more water throughout the day, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, doing some sit ups or push ups during TV commercials or stretching before bed every night.

Incorporate more gratitude

Gratitude is something we could always use more of. Especially after the brutal 2016 we all endured, it’s important to take time and note the things and people in our lives that we are grateful for. You can do this by keeping a gratitude journal or just listing in your head ten things you are grateful for everyday. You can then put your gratitude into action by remembering to call your grandmother on her birthday, bringing your best friend a bouquet of flowers just because and thanking the barista who makes your morning coffee.

In conclusion, give 2017 a chance!

2016 was a hard year and, as a result, many people are left feeling a little down and gloomy. We want you to be open to all of the possibilities and opportunities a new year brings. It’s time to close the book on 2016, turn over a new leaf and see what 2017 has in store!

What will you be doing to make sure that 2017 is your best year yet?

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