Happy 2019, friends! I hope that your year has been off to a wonderful start. Nevertheless, I know the beginning of a new year can have its ups and downs.

There’s nothing better than the fresh start January brings. You have the chance to have a clean slate, start again, and focus on opportunities you want to pursue. This time of the year can also come with hardship. The pressure to accomplish more and be more can be overwhelming–and dangers of comparison often follow suit.

Many of us use the new year as a chance to make new resolutions and plan changes we want to make. However, if these goals aren’t achieved in the first week, we often forget about them and move on.

The truth is, we don’t need to start on the first day of the month. January is month one! We can use this time to make changes that can transform our lives and perspectives this year.

Here are some ideas to help you get started.

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Become a Healthier Version of Yourself

Just because the first day of the year is gone doesn’t mean that health can’t still be a priority for you. Following extreme diets or detoxes can be dangerous and are not sustainable for long-term changes. So, take a balanced approach to health by considering your current habits. Switching out unhealthy foods for healthier alternatives will help you maintain a better lifestyle all year long.

You can also make minor adjustments in your life with simple changes that make a big difference. For example, something as small as having the wrong type of glasses can impact your mood or lifestyle. Maybe you wear glasses or contacts like me and know the frustration of having the wrong pair. Or, perhaps you’ve had progressive lens problems because you’ve found them to be expensive and hard to adjust to. Although these everyday issues may seem trivial, making simple changes can improve the quality of your life so there’s nothing holding you back in the year ahead!

Make a Choice to be More Active

In addition to changing your eating habits, being more active is a great way to reach your health goals. It’s easy to join a gym at the beginning of the year but lose motivation as time goes on. Keep the momentum going by choosing to be more active in your everyday life. Simple habits in your daily routine can help you get started. Usually take the car? Walk one day instead, then do a session at the gym the next. A regular at the elevator? Take the stairs this time, then attend a fitness class another day. Choosing little ways to be active will keep your fitness routine fresh and fun to keep up.

Tackle Whatever is Holding You Back

Are there any habits that you know you need to kick? Make this your year of change. Maybe you want to stop smoking or drinking or change your relationship with alcohol. Whether you or a loved one needs to seek help from a Residential Drug Treatment program, receiving professional care is a step in the right direction. Plus, making these changes could stop any health problems you’re facing now or in the future. No matter what is holding you back now, you can take action to overcome them. While it might feel like a long road, beginning the process can change your life.

Adjust Your Career Path

If you’ve been thinking about a career change, you can make this the year to take the chance. Set aside time to plan. Learn which path you want to pursue, research the steps to make it happen, and have the courage to make it your reality. Change takes work, and that’s okay! You may need to study or take classes to gain qualifications you need. Take the initiative to figure out the resources you need. Knowing clearly which steps you need to take makes it easy to stay on track and be proactive, so you can achieve your dream.
Whether you’re hoping to switch up your career, health, or lifestyle this year, you still have time to plan your goals. 2019 has already begun, but it’s not too late to take on your passions. Anything can happen when you simply begin.

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