10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1… Happy New Year! For many of us waking up on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, it’s a time of optimism and planning—and resoluteness. There’s a feeling that maybe this year we’ll make the changes we’ve been meaning to: more rest, better eating habits, more exercise, or a new job. New Year’s Day is about taking a moment — perhaps with family or a football game on the screen — to get ready for everything that is about to unfold.
Why We Love New Year’s Day
A. It feels like a blank page
New year, new…everything! The stress of the holiday season is behind you and you have a whole new year for travel, connection, learning and exploration. What can you do this year that makes you unrecognizable to yourself a year from now. Go on, think big this year!
B. Your healthy habits don’t seem so weird
Sure you like your glass of wine now and then, but every day? For those of you who have great habits like moderation, being vegetarian or low-carb, and going to the gym—today, everyone’s trying to be like you. How are you going to help your friends and family stay healthier?
C. The sense of accomplishment when you look back over the last year
You make wake up late today, but you accomplished a lot in the last year and probably needed the rest! New Year’s Day is a day to give yourself a pat on the back for all you’ve done and are about to do.
How to Celebrate New Year’s Day
1. One word: brunch
Soak up the champagne with nice stack of pancakes and strong coffee. Or go wild with a crab cake benedict. Start how you mean to go on with the year, with a great meal!
2. Share resolutions, intentions or goals with loved ones
Making any change to your life or behavior—big or small—becomes easier when you have the support of friends and family. Share what you’d like to do differently out loud, and chances are you’re more likely to follow through.
3. Clean out your closet
Clear out the old clothes, the frumpy pants and the unwearable shoes. Play some great music. Invite friends over. Start the new year with some space in your closet and mind for wonderful new things to come in.
Favorite New Year’s Day Resources
Resolution-Setting Advice from Tony Robbins — Youtube
Advice from a master of personal growth and change!
3 Rules for Habit Change — James Clear
Some good advice for making resolutions stick.
Things to Do Instead of Drinking — CBT Recovery
Lots of fun things to do even if January is sober.