Now is the ideal time to make some changes to our lives as the new year rings in and a whole world of opportunity opens up to us.
January is a good time to get back on track after December and there are so many ways we can make the most of our time and become happier as a result .
Today we want to talk about some of the ways you can make yourself happier this year in small ways and change your life for the better.
Find new outfits
One of the ways you can make yourself feel happier in the new year is to go through your wardrobe and create some new outfits for yourself. We all know how hard it is to find the right thing to wear, but it doesn’t mean you need to fill your wardrobe with new clothes just yet. Consider instead taking one piece of clothing such as a skirt and searching this on Pinterest. You’ll find a whole world of different ways to style the piece and outfits to create with it – and you can go through your own clothes and see what you can make. Creating outfits like this is a good way to refresh your old clothes and improve your sense of style. You’ll feel happier and more confident in no time and it will make all the difference to your life. Even if you are stuck in the house it doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress!
Improve your skincare routine
One of the best ways for you to make a positive change to your life and become happier in the new year is to focus on your skincare. Our skin is our biggest organ and it needs the same care and attention as the rest of us. You can consider investing in some new skin products to really elevate your skincare routine every day and make sure that you glow naturally from the inside every day of your life. Some of the things you could consider buying are:
- A cleansing brush
- Cleansing strips
- Eye mask pads
- An SPF serum
- Eye cream
- Anti aging cream
- Aqueous cream for sensitive skin
- Vitamin E oil
Making some adjustments to your skincare routine and adding some of these products will make a massive difference to your skin and will allow you to be more confident in your own skin (pun intended) this year.
Change up your morning routine
What is your current morning routine? If it involves rolling out of bed, brushing your teeth, making a coffee and sitting in front of your desk you are doing something wrong. Your morning routine needs to be something that wakes you up and sets you up for a healthy and happy day. A healthy morning routine would involve waking up a little earlier and doing a workout or some stretches, making a healthy and lean breakfast, and sitting down for a coffee before you start your work. Waking up an hour earlier and starting the day in this manner can make a massive impact on your life and it will allow you to thrive every single day.
Yoga is something that can have a massive impact on your mental and your physical health – and practicing some yoga for at least a small amount of time every day will make a huge difference to your life. Try practicing yoga when you get up in the morning to help stretch out those tight muscles and joints and release some endorphins for a happier day. You only need to practice for 10-15 minutes and it will set you up for a successful day.
Check your bank statement
It is so important now and again to check your bank statement and be aware of what you have both incoming and outgoing. Take stock of your monthly bills and consider how you might be able to save some money on your living. This could be anything from changing your diet to stopping those random trips to the corner shop throughout the week for a bottle of wine or a snack. Consider saving as much as you can and this means when the world goes back to normal you’ll have a solid saving ready to use on a holiday or an activity.
Have something to save for
Speaking of – it is always good to have a goal when it comes to saving to make you look forward to the future with optimism. It could be a wedding, a new house, a car, or a holiday you want to go on in the future. Consider your saving goal and start trying to reach it now. It will feel amazing to be able to save some money every day of your life and you’ll really benefit from it as you start going through the year. Every time you look in your savings account you’ll be able to see what you’ve saved towards what you want and it will put a smile on your face.
Exercise is something that a lot of us don’t enjoy and it is no surprise why. Many of us mistake exercise for meaning burpees and press-ups and mountain climbers but it is important to know that this isn’t always the case. Exercise is just that: exercise. As long as you are moving and strengthening your muscles this is considered exercise and you can do it in so many fun ways. Playing football is a great idea, swimming, walking, playing games… all of these things are great exercises without that workout feel. Find the type of exercise you enjoy and do this as often as you want to make you happier.
Learn to paint
Painting is something that is a fun hobby and can relax you. If you have paints in the house and some paper – there is nothing stopping you learning how to paint flowers and animals and landscapes during your time at home. Creating something with colour is relaxing and it brings a sense of pride and happiness, and you’ll find that you feel much happier when you try this. If you get really good you might even be able to sell your work one day!
Cooking is a relaxing art form and one that can take you to places all over the world. Cooking is more than just throwing some fries in the oven – it is about experimenting with flavour and texture and creating food that is good for the soul and the body. Why not take the time this year to start learning more about cooking and how you can create the best foods you can? Being able to make a killer lasagna or a yummy cake is a great skill and one you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Take out a credit card
This might be a random entry to the list however taking our a credit card can be a useful thing to do in the new year to help you improve your credit score and become financially stable. You can read here to find out what a credit check is and take one yourself to see what your credit score is like. A credit card can be taken out to help you improve your credit score and help towards buying a car or a house in your future. It is a small thing you can do now to make a positive change later.
Cut your own hair
If you are stuck at home for a while and you are looking for a fun activity to do that is relatively risk free – why not try cutting your own hair? Cutting your hair doesn’t have to be scary – and when you are at home anyway does it really matter if it goes a little bit wonky? Take some time this weekend to order to hair cutting scissors off Amazon and cut your hair in your own bathroom. You can keep it simple by trimming split ends or go all out by chopping your length – but either way it will make a massive difference to your look and could give you more confidence!
Clear out the house
If you want to make yourself feel happier and more refreshed in the new year you can consider a clear out of the house. It’s so important now and again to clear out our old items and make room for new ones – and this is something that will make the home feel bigger and you feel happier.
Cuddle your partner
One of the things we take for granted in our lives is intimacy and physical contact. It is so important to keep our loved ones close and maintain that close bond througout our lives and you can do this today by holding them close. Take the time to cuddle your partner for a while every day and you will honestly see a huge difference in your mood, your relationship, and your mental health.
Use these ideas today to make yourself happier this year and make some good changes to your life.