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By Jennifer Hollinshead

Starting 2019 with More Calm and Clarity

Here are some tips that can help you feel like you’re taking the reins for 2019.

Starting 2019 with More Calm and Clarity
Hopefully over the next few weeks, you will be able to carve out some quiet time and some time with great people you love. If you’re a late night New Years Eve partier or you celebrate East-Coast-New-Years-on-the-West-Coast and hit the sack at 9:15 (it’s glorious I’m telling you), here are some tips that can help you feel like you’re taking the reins for 2019.
On your own or with a trusted/supportive person, attempt to answer these questions (try not to overthink and go with your first instinct):

  1. What do I enjoy, and what am I good at doing?
  2. What do I enjoy but could get better at doing?
  3. What energizes me?
  4. What tires me?
  5. How much sleep do I need to really function well? (please be honest- most people need 8-10 hours!)
  6. What relaxes me?
  7. What stresses me out?
  8. What distracts me?
  9. What is the most important thing in my life currently?
  10. Who are the most important people in my life?
  11. How can I be a better friend to myself this year?
  12. What do I want more of in my life?
  13. What would I prefer less of in my life?
  14. What am I most afraid of?
  15. What is one good habit that I have?
  16. What is one habit I want to change?
  17. What is one thing I set out to do this past year that I succeeded in doing?
  18. How do I define success?
  19. What's the one thing I want to accomplish next year?

The idea is to try to do more things you enjoy next year, and fewer things you don't. This can lead to better mental health overall, and even make achieving your goals easier. These questions were taken from an Inc article all about achieving goals. 

If you want to dive a little deeper into what makes you tick and live more in line with your true values, here’s an article on how to define your deepest values and live more in line with them. 
Here’s to a more calm and clear 2019!

(Photo by Colton Jones)