By Funke Babs-Kufeji
There is always a lot of pressure to get the new year off to a good start from January. People believe it sets the tone for how the rest of the year will go, but that doesn’t always ring true. However, starting right and with your mind set on your goals is a good idea. Here are a few things you can do this month to ensure you are on the right track.
Take note of special days to come.
Take time to write down important dates you must remember throughout the year. You don’t have to fill out all the months in the calendar. Just choose those that are top priorities for you, so you remember and start planning towards them.
Detox and clean out your wardrobe.
“New year, new you.” Start your January by detoxing your body. Go on a 24-hour fruit fast to rid the body of food and alcohol toxins, and then proceed immediately to detox your wardrobe. Get rid of small, old clothes to make room for new and updated styles. If you last wore something over six months ago, you’re unlikely to wear it again. Donate your old clothes to charity or find someone who can find them useful. Do the same for your shoes.
Plan a day of Happiness.
The new year brings some people joy, while others reflect on all they haven’t achieved in the past year. If the latter is the case for you, now is the time to plan a day of happiness to pick you up. Plan a day at the spa with your significant other or friends or a day of activities you enjoy to ring in the new year and start it on a positive note.
Treat yourself to a fancy restaurant meal.
Food, they say, is “essential to fuel the body, but good food fuels the soul.” This January, plan a day out for good food in a relaxed setting, whether it’s a healthy breakfast to start the day or brunch with friends. This month, a fancy and good meal should be at the top of your to-do list.
PHOTO: SLOW RESTAURANT, LAGOS.
Purge and refresh your social media pages.
Starting a new year on a new note is always a good idea, especially regarding your social media handles. Though you can purge and refresh your social media handles at any time, January is an excellent time to unfollow, delete, make changes, plan, and implement how you want your handles to look for the rest of the year.
Meditation is great for easing stress, especially in an environment like ours. It helps give you a new perspective on life and the ability to focus on the important things for the year while blocking out all other distractions. Sit still and let yourself relax or light a candle and study it; this will have a calming effect and help you relax, think, and put things into perspective for the year.
Have a relaxing and phone-free day.
Spend a day at home doing absolutely nothing but eating, drinking, binge-watching movies, or reading a book. Block out all the things that will bring about outside distractions. Switch off your phones, close the curtains, and enjoy your company.
Spend time with family.
Spending as much time as possible with your family is always a good idea. This January, plan a game night with your immediate or extended family and watch the bond between you all grow throughout the year.
Reflect and plan.
You have a whole year ahead of you. This month, you can spend some time planning and strategizing your moves, goals, and targets for the rest of the year.