Happy New Year!
Bartleby Press would like to welcome you into the New Year! 2017 is going to be great!
New Year Resolutions
New Year Resolutions are a tradition. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set goals, to make changes in one’s personal life. Goals can include removing unwanted habits, learning a new skill, and general wellness.
Here are ideas to help your 2017 to be better for your mind, body, and spiritual life.
There is no reason to not be actively reading. The benefits of reading are overwhelming from mental stimulation, stress reduction, vocabulary expansion, and knowledge.
- Give your self a set number of books to read throughout the year.
- Set a time to relax and read.
If time is the issue listen to an audiobook during your commute to work. Reading or Listening to books has its social benefits too. Some of the best conversations start with books. Discussions about the difference between the movie and book, and what you are currently reading can make lively conversations.
Here is a good recommendation for a book to help with your spiritual life:
Peace and Good throughout the Year with Francis of Assisi
Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
Each month celebrates a Franciscan theme—such as peace, conversion, prayer, Mary, charity, and service to the poor. For each day, you will find a quote from Francis’s teachings, a suggestion for living as Francis did, and a challenge for growing in faith and practice.
Get in Shape
Feeling good starts with being healthy. Creating a habit of eating better and getting to the gym is a goal for many people. They wish to work out and lose weight to look better physically, but the best benefits of working out are all internal. First, set a regimen with a workout routine and diet to start the New Year, nothing to drastic. Remember to take small steps before big ones.
- Cut out snacks or sodas
- Go to the gym 3 times a week.
Don’t give up. Creating new good habits takes time and discipline. After awhile you should develop enjoyment from working out and less cravings for snacks.
Start a Happy Jar
One of the best ways to enjoy the blessing of the year is to create a happy jar. Keep a note pad and jar on a counter. During this next year when you have a moment of joy write it down and put it in a jar. A transparent jar is good so you can see your happiness build as the year goes on. Then in late December take them out one by one and read them. These are simple reminders of your yearly blessings.
Take more time to reflect on your days and talk to God. The stress of the holidays and every day life can take a toll. Take a moment. When was the last time you took time to pray? You will begin to get calming results he more effort you put into meditation or prayer.
Become active in your church
Become more involved in a group or community has endless benefits. Step out of your comfort zone. Are you currently in any church ministries or groups? Make 2017 the year to become more active in your church’s community.
Take Small Steps First
It’s important to remember when setting any goal to make sure it’s realistic. Nothing is out of reach if you put your mind to it, but realistically some bigger goals require smaller goals to achieve. Breaking down your goals into smaller steps helps keep you motivated because you’re actively achieving goals. For instance, your goal was to run a marathon it would be pretty unrealistic to skip the smaller steps that get you there. You would train to run the marathon by short runs like a 5k, then a 10k, and a half marathon. The most common reason for a person to fail their New Year Resolution is setting unrealistic goals. Don’t let this happen to you.