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3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

There’s no doubt that 2016 has been one car crash of a year. We all know it; the memes show it and almost all of us cannot wait for 2017 to begin anew. Most of us look towards the new year to make resolutions and to move forward with the best possible start. For those that feel this year has really taken the wind out of their sails, I’ve taken the liberty of outlining five ways in which to feel good about yourself next year.

Take it easy over New Year’s

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    It’s hard, I know, but taking it easy over the new year is – unsurprisingly – a great way to bring in the new year. Most of us get time off work over the festive period and therefore use it as a prime excuse to go wilder than your boss at your work Christmas party. However, restraining yourself over the holiday break is the best way to give yourself a brilliant head start in January. There’s nothing worse than returning to work feeling more disheveled and out of steam than you did when you left.

    So this year, instead of going out on the town only to find the most expensive, over-packed night disappointing yourself with an incredibly underwhelming NYE countdown and head-splitting hangover on the 1st of January, just don’t this year. Maybe spend it with family, or stay in and bring in the new year by actually being alive on the first day of it.

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    Do what you want

      Fitness is normally at the top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions but there are many other ways to feel good about yourself in 2017. I say after the abysmal year 2016 has been, next year is the time to do what you want – what you really want – and that doesn’t mean doing things your work peers will or won’t think are socially acceptable.

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      If you’ve always wanted to be in a musical – do it, there are always amateur acting classes. If you want to move abroad – do it, getting a visa can’t be that hard. If you think, hey I could do with a little more in the bust area? You don’t even need to have implants, take the fat from 2016 and add it to your best asset! Always wanted to learn a new language or go back to school? Do it, learning is a great way to feel good about yourself. Basically, do whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you the best, most confident version of yourself – do it, and don’t worry about what people think of you.

      Let it go

        It’s easier said than done but the best way to shake off the residual anger of a horrible 2016 is to just let go of it. This not only counts for all the incredibly sad celebrity deaths but things in your own life too.
        The best way of moving forward is to look forward; that grudge you had for the guy that stole your hummus from the communal fridge at work? Let it go, man. The burning jealousy for that girl that seems to have everything on Instagram? Let it go. And those inevitable Christmas family squabbles? Let. Them. Go. I’m telling you, the less weight on your mind as you move into the new year will allow you to focus on what truly makes you happy.
        So whatever your plans are this year, make sure you’re giving yourself time to regroup over the holidays. Let go of your anger (and memories of Frozen) from last year and when looking forward – feel free to do whatever makes you happy. 2017 can’t be any worse than 2016.

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        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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