How to Reflect & Take Time to Reset for the New Year

Congrats on surviving a new year! Surely, we can all agree that the past year has been a whirlwind for many of us. From quarantines and lockdowns to virtual meetings and stricter health protocols, our everyday lives have undergone massive changes. It’s safe to say there’s a lot to be thankful for now that we have another year to appreciate life and learn its important lessons.

If you’re reading this, now is the perfect time to learn how to reflect and take time to reset for the new year. Here’s how!

Ponder on what you’ve learned

It’s easy to shove to the side the things you’ve learned this past year. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our day-to-day that we don’t stop to look back on what we’ve truly learned. But it’s important to take time to pause, breathe, and look back on the lessons you’ve learned that made you stronger and wiser. We recommend writing them down so that you can concretely see your progress. It’s a great way to boost your self-confidence and motivate yourself to overcome whatever comes your way.

List what you’re grateful for

A great way to start the year is with an open and grateful heart. The mere fact that you’re reading this is already something to be thankful for! Being grateful puts things into perspective and highlights all the small, underrated blessings that came your way. Start keeping a gratitude journal and list down even the smallest things you’re thankful for. Whether that’s your yummy breakfast or simply being in the presence of family, gratitude will make you feel more positive, happy, and hopeful.

Pen a letter to yourself

It’s normal for our minds to become clouded with anxious thoughts. Living through the pandemic has been no easy feat for anyone. But you don’t have to stay in that state of mind forever. If you feel like you’ve somehow lost a sense of identity, why not sit down and have a conversation with yourself? Writing it down can be a cathartic way to release negative emotions, organise thoughts, and plan actions. Sometimes, you just need to let your thoughts out and have a little positive self-talk.

Set goals for the new year

After reflecting on the past year, it’s time to create new goals for the year ahead. Don’t overwhelm yourself with big goals. You can start with small ones that are important to you and your growth. Short-term goals give you greater focus and allow you to see measurable progress, which can help build self-confidence.

Envision a positive future

Visualisations are a powerful tool to attract a future you desire. Plus, it’s really easy to do. Envision your future and believe it’s real. Practise guided visualisation exercises and be specific with them. Where are you? Are you in a beautiful Albany retirement village? What are you doing? Are you playing tennis? Or reading a good book? How do you feel? Do you feel calm and content? Let your imagination flow, and watch your coming days unfold!

Make your visions come true and move to Settlers!

If you envision a stress-free life doing what you love while prioritising your health and wellness, Settlers Lifestyle village is the perfect place for you. With one of the best retirement apartments in Auckland, our village provides you with nothing but luxury accommodation and a wide array of activities for you to enjoy. Spend the new year living your best life. Book a tour today!