The fresh crispness of a new year is ahead of us, bringing with it an endless array of possibilities. Before the first quarter is up, it’s a great idea to set some goals for yourself and determine how you’d like the year to end.
To help you get inspired for self-improvement, here are five things you can do to upgrade yourself for the year ahead:
Fix Up Your Smile
If you’ve been ashamed of your smile for as long as you can remember, now is the time to get it sorted out. Why spend the rest of the year wishing you could smile with confidence? Enquire with a trusted dentist about tooth restoration, dental implants, composite veneers, and any other treatments you think could work for you. With your dental transformation complete, you can look forward to a confident and happy year full of the smiles you’ve always dreamed of.
Evidence released within the last few years has shown that not moving much is incredibly bad for our health. In fact, a study published in 2018 revealed that those who sit for six hours or more at a time are 19% more likely to die within the next 21 years than those who get plenty of regular movement.
Get a fitness tracker, start going to yoga classes, or set up a standing desk. There are a million and one ways to get moving – the important thing is that you pick your favorite one (or more) and use it to upgrade your physical wellness.
Most studies support the fact that a whole-food diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is best for us all. There are many easy changes you can make to upgrade your diet for a more vibrant and energetic life. Some examples include:
- Swapping meat proteins for legumes or beans
- Switching white pasta, rice, and bread for whole grain versions
- Eating as many different varieties of fruits and veggies as you can every week
- Switching diet soda and full-fat drinks for water, herbal tea, or fresh juice
- Eating more raw fruits and veggies
Switching even one meal a week (or even a few ingredients) can make a huge difference to your health.
Get Therapy If You Need It
Four out of every ten Americans have seen a counselor at some point in their lives. Emotional problems can stop you from living your best life, so it stands to reason that the upgraded version of yourself would be somebody who is prepared to invest in their emotional health. Speak to your doctor, speak to a therapist, take the first step to true happiness. If this is something you need, it will change more than just your year – it will transform your life.
Get Some Momentum
Does every new year come with a familiar sense of sameness since the last one? If this sounds like your life, it’s time to start gathering some positive momentum. Book a trip, apply for your dream job, sign up for that course. There is never just one destination or one path – life is a journey that will be as boring or as epic as you make it.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” - Ernest Hemingway
This year could be your opportunity to upgrade yourself. Look at our suggestions above, and look within yourself. Chances are you already have everything you need to make personal and professional progress, so your new life can start right now if you want it to.