Things To Do Before You Set New Year Resolutions


Things to do before you set new year resolutions.


The start of a new year always brings about talk of resolutions. The promise of a fresh, new year can make you feel like you could do or be anything! But before you jump into the year ahead, there are a couple of things you should do.

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Take some time to think and journal about all that you accomplished in the past year! Perhaps you improved your grades over a semester, you made a new friend, won a big game, performed at a recital in front of your family, traveled to a new city. Those accomplishments and activities are exciting and worth remembering and celebrating. 

Reflect On The Challenges

There might also be things that you didn’t enjoy as much this past year but it’s still worth reflecting on those things. When you do, keep perspective and note what’s in your control and what’s outside of your control.

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude can be a powerful practice that improves mood and outlook. By building up a habit of gratitude, you can remember and call upon gratitude during times that are challenging or disappointing. Whether you are celebrating lots of good things that happened in the past year or you feel you want to be in a better place next year, gratitude can remind you of the things you do have. Start by simply writing down 5 things you are grateful for.

These 3 simple activities can help you if you decide to set resolutions for the new year. Maybe you want to expand upon your accomplishments from 2022, or maybe there are things you want to improve in 2023. Reflection and gratitude can help you remember what is important to you and where you want to focus your efforts in the new year.

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