If you’re suffering from the post-holiday blues, why not take control of the situation and make January a month of self-improvement? Get a head start on your resolutions by making your home a healthier, happier, and more positive environment. Here are some easy ways to set yourself up for success in the New Year.
Reduce your energy bill
Money is always tight post-holidays, pre-tax season. Give your pocketbook a bit of relief by reducing your energy bill without sacrificing comfort. Insulating your home is a worthwhile investment that will quickly pay off to provide some extra disposable income. It’s easy to check your home for air leaks by walking around with an incense stick and observing where the smoke escapes to. Depending on where you find the leaks, your local home improvement store should sell foam weather stripping, spray insulation or caulk for window panes – all easy DIY weekend projects. Better yet, take some time to learn about the advantages of the emerging renewable energy technology like those available from Dimplex.
Take control of your health
There’s no way around it; aging is just a bummer. Don’t just vow to diet or workout to lose weight, but start viewing your heath more holistically and proactively. Committing to getting some fresh air at least once a week is as simple as taking the dog for an extra long walk. Investigate eating more local and sustainable foods instead of processed ones. Make a serious effort to get 8 hours of sleep a night. You’ll have more energy, feel better and the positivity will show.
Spend more time with the family
With everyone’s busy schedules, make it a priority to have weekly together-time. Revamp your living room to encourage hanging out for game nights or movie marathons. An electric fireplace media console is a great gathering place for family and friends. It’s a great idea to always have something on the calendar to look forward to, whether it’s as simple as visiting that new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to check out, going to a concert, or even something bigger like a weekend getaway.
Be kind to yourself
New Years Resolutions are meant to be great goals that get you motivated to help make it your best year yet, but it is important to stay realistic and realize that everyone’s situation is different. There’s no sense in harping on something you know is unattainable and spending February through December beating yourself up over it. Strive for a healthy balance between reaching for the stars and challenging yourself. Write down a solid plan with dates and tasks that will help get you where you want to be that’s actionable and measurable. Before no time, you’ll be on your way to the best version of you!