I think it’s fair to say that everyone is a little bit over 2016. From shocking celeb deaths, to Brexit and the presidential election, we’re all kinda wishing this year was over sooner rather than later.
But have you thought of the positives you can do from now until the new year is here? Forget your resolutions (for now) – I have five suggestions of things you can do this month to create those positive vibes coming into 2017.
Book a Holiday
there’s nothing that feels more satisfying than planning that future trip away. If you’re one of those ‘book 12 months in advance’ people, you’ll already have this sorted. For me, I tend to book mine spontaneously and being a little low on funds (help me I’m poor!) I’m going to use this month to make a savings plan and decide where I want to go- trust me, it’s almost as good as booking it!
Have a ‘spring clean’ of your wardrobe
Yeah yeah, I know. The hint is in the phrase spring, but actually it feels so much more satisfying when you have a clear out at the end of the year. I envy the people who are able to just pack their summer clothes away and have a coherent clothes space for winter that really makes sense. For me, the new layering trend that I’m almost too obsessed with has meant mixing my seasonal wardrobes and now I’m struggling to get outfits together. If you’re like me, use one of your Christmas holiday days (or a weekend this month) and sort your clothes into four piles:
- to stay in the wardrobe
- To eBay or sell
- To give to charity
- To box up for next season
That way, you’ll hopefully be left with a wardrobe that makes sense.
Similarly, clean up your cyber life
A lot of people underestimate the power of a clean computer on the soul; I however, do not. My downloads folder is bulging with files from yonks ago, and it’s driving me up the wall. Video files from blogs are cluttering folders and I still have old Eurostar e-tickets from last Jan.. shameful. Create fresh new folders for content you want to keep, and discard anything that’s not of value to you. Clear folders, clear mind as they say (well, they should say that).
Create a photo book of this year’s memories
Whether it’s a hard copy or just a folder, collect together a number of images that sum up your 2016. I think you’ll find yourself saying “omg I did this, this and that! Wow what a good year”- or maybe you’ll realise more plans need to be made in 2017! After all, a lot can happen in 12 months, and you aren’t expected to remember it all (that’s what phone cameras are for, thank God). Even putting one together to gift to family or friends can be therapeutic and have you thinking positively about the past year in no time.
Start Something Completely New
I know, this one may sound super weird what with January just around the corner and New Years Resolutions the most popular trend to battling the winter blues, but starting something fresh before then can have unbelievable benefits. Think about it, you’ll be starting something (like an exercise regime, or a diet change, or a new hobby) before everyone else has a chance to figure out their fad. They may be more chance you’ll stick to it, and it’ll have you leaving 2016 feeling good. It’s a win win really.
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