As we inch toward the beginning of a new decade, many of us have the “new year, new me” mindset. In many cases, we’re looking to drop some unhealthy habits, save some much-needed cash, strive for a promotion at work and/or boost our confidence. But what does it take to actually implement these resolutions?
For one thing, it requires you to act; after all, you don’t just stumble upon the best you. So, here are a few steps you can take to start the new year off as your best self.
1. Revamp Your Routine for Better Health
Simple hacks to your everyday routine, like drinking a glass of water before your morning coffee, can be a game-changer for your health and happiness. The first step is to take stock of your traditional morning and evening routines. Then, see where you can change or add in more health-conscious habits to take them to the next level. For example, instead of limiting your screen time at night, try reciting positive affirmations to unwind. You’ll be amazed at how big of an impact quality routines to start and end your day can make on your life.
2. Experiment with Your Hair
It’s no secret most of us have a personal relationship with our hair. Maybe it’s a good one because you can’t get enough of your auburn strands, or maybe it’s a bit more complicated because frizz and breakage are the name of your hair game. Either way, if you’re looking to reshift who you are in 2020, changing your hairstyle can help you take charge. A haircut can be symbolic of cutting off a toxic relationship, delving into a more adventurous side of your personality, or even just realizing you want less maintenance and more time to devote to something else in your life.
3. Step into Your Style
Sometimes we have all the inner confidence we need, but our outward apparel doesn’t exactly say “living my best life.” A simple first step is to use style to express yourself and try new ways to have fun with clothes that showcase your personality. Maybe you love a bold pattern or a good animal print. Either way, try to incorporate more items that make you look and feel good every day.
Additionally, know that body acceptance and self-love are hot trends. So, this year don’t be afraid to test your comfort zone by trying new styles and wearing what you want. When it comes to certain clothing items, for example, women sometimes shy away from buying new lingerie, because they’re worried it’s not flattering to their figure. Bottom line: If something makes you feel sexy and confident, it should be worn and worn often. This year, make your own style rules.
4. Save Some Money
When it comes to spending, or rather overspending, it can lead to chronic stress, and that’s not good news for our bodies or our best selves. Sticking to a budget not only reduces stress, but it can also help you align your priorities. As your best self, are you wanting to pay down debt, save for a new place, or maybe expand your wardrobe? Regardless of your long-term goals, setting up a monthly financial plan helps you take control of your money and brings into focus what’s most important to you — and nothing is more empowering than that.
Feeling Energized? Keep the Momentum Going
You hear it from friends and social influencers alike: “Here’s to the new year and living your best life!” The good news is that you can make this happen in 2020. Whether it’s buying a new wardrobe, experimenting with your hair, and/or changing your spending habits, you can revamp your life by taking a series of small steps that will help you to become the best version of yourself. Here’s to a successful 2020 and beyond!