Your mind may be wandering to thoughts of how much more exciting and enjoyable next year could be as this one sputters to a stop. If you want to try something new and find more fascinating hobbies or maybe a new career in January, it’s a good idea to set plans and envision some realistic goals.
Even though technically nothing changes on January 1st, there is a sense that things are different. This sense of change could be called hope. This is why so many people like to set goals for the coming year. Also, trying new things is good for your brain, and depending on what you do, it might be good for your health too. Read on to learn about some fun new things you could try next year, and then make a plan to make it happen.
Learn An Instrument
If you’ve ever seen or heard someone play an instrument, you know that it’s an impressive skill. Did you also know that it’s good for both your physical and mental health? It also keeps your brain active, which is something that everyone should try to do.
You may have tried to play a guitar or piano before, perhaps at school, but it didn’t go so well. This could be because you didn’t have any goals or because you tried to learn at a level you hadn’t reached yet. If you want to learn more, start at the beginning and work your way up, but make sure to have fun along the way. You might even meet other people who like to play and start a band. Look for the best online guitar lessons to get you started.
Setting aside ten to 15 minutes in the morning to write in a journal is a favorite part of many people’s morning routine. This easy exercise can be a fantastic way to change your mindset for the day and give you some time to plan for the day, put your health first, and get your day off on the right foot.
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Journaling is simple to start. You just need a notebook and pen, or perhaps an app if you prefer to go digital. Then take that small chunk of time to write down anything you want to. It could be goals, feelings, worries, or anything else. It’s amazing the difference this can make to how your day goes.
Start Meal Prepping
One of the primary reasons for having poor dietary habits is a lack of time to prepare fresh, healthy meals. The foods that are the most convenient to eat, such as fast food, dinners that you can heat in the microwave, or options that have been processed and packaged, are often full of artificial additives, preservatives, and empty calories, none of which are beneficial to your body.
If you’re looking for something new to do in the new year, make it a habit to spend some time in the kitchen each week, where you can prepare wholesome meals and snacks that you can easily reheat for convenient lunches and dinners. This will mean planning ahead and having enough storage, but once you get the hang of both meal planning and batch cooking (or just meal planning alone could work out perfectly), you’ll certainly feel better for it.
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