It’s around now I start thinking about my New Year resolutions. I love how January is a clean slate and you can start the year afresh, it should be seen as a positive time of the year really, but sadly often people complain of feeling down.
I read somewhere about making a jar of memories, each time something good happens write it down and then at the end of the year you can read back through them and remember what a wonderful year you really had. If January is when you have your dip you can start reading them back then instead, something to cheer away those January blues.
But its probably best to also challenge what is making you feel unhappy. If your starting to reflect on your health, money and other area’s of your life, it might be better to actively do something about what is bothering you. Start setting goals you would like to achieve.
If you’re a smoker perhaps look at ways to gradually wean off the habit, some have found replacing cigarettes with e-cigs one way to try and stop smoking for good. I quite like the fact that the e-liquids come in a range of flavours (who knew?!), the blueberry, cherry and vanilla sound much nicer than tobacco flavour! In a New Zealand study it was found e-cigarettes were more effective than patches in terms of the smoker quitting, you can read more about in this article.
Personally for the New Year I want to learn to let people go, I get quite attached to my “friends” and go out of my way to help them but not everyone deserves to be in your life as long as you let them. I am awful for over thinking, what did I do wrong or could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, there are two people in a friendship and some people require far too much work and attention and when you need support are nowhere to be seen… so working on my social circle will be a priority for me in 2016.