The year 2017 is shortly coming to an end. While some of us are eager and ready for 2018 to start a fresh year, others dread the time for setting resolutions amidst the post-stress of the holidays. Whether you’re excited for the new year or not, the holidays will soon have passed and 2018 will be underway. Start your new year on the right foot by being intentional with your actions. Let the tips below serve as your guide this new year for the best, happiest year you’ve ever had!

Start a Morning Routine

Whatever you do, don’t hit snooze! Although it’s human nature to procrastinate or even “go with the flow” of your mornings, having a steady routine can make a big impact in your life. Investing in self-care is worth your time and effort. Rather than rushing through your morning, take the time to breath and prepare for your day ahead.

Having a steady morning routine will reduce your stress, give you time to focus on self-care, and ensure you’re ready to take on the day.

Don’t Take Things Too Personally

Life is not an easy journey. With it’s twists and turns, every corner or fork in the road brings us something to overcome. Humans are emotional beings and it is often difficult to remain grounded. We often base our worth on achievements, success, how others view us, and what others have to say about us. This can be dangerous and cause the habit of taking things too personally.

Rather than allowing your self-esteem to rely on the opinions of others, here are a few tips to overcome taking things personally:

  • Consider the person’s value to you
  • Ask yourself what your opinion on the situation is
  • Don’t jump to conclusions
  • Take a look at the bigger picture

In the end, give yourself a reality check. You can’t go through life thinking that everything is directly about you.

Get Active

There is a scientific connection between exercise and happiness. When your body is active from cardio or a workout, your body releases endorphins that boost your mood. In fact, in just a 20 minute workout, your body will feel the effects for up to 12 hours. Endorphins are feel-good chemicals that have proven to reduce anxiety, stress, and even depression. If you’re looking for an outlet to happiness this coming year, get yourself in the habit of being active.