5 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever

Stop harping on the problems of the year gone by—leave 2017 in the past where it belongs. A new year means 365 days to grab opportunities and embark on unfamiliar adventures. Don’t know where to start? Experts offer their tips on how to dive into 2018 the right way. Get ready to make this the best year yet.

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Care for your body

After analyzing what people searched for most on Google, Internet marketing service iQuanti found that “get healthy” was the most popular New Year’s resolution in 2016. But how many people actually stick to that? Suzette Smith, the owner of Shelter Island Pilates and Barre, stressed the importance of caring for your body this year. She offered simple tips including getting a full eight hours of sleep and finding ways to relax like cozying up by a fire. “Don’t forget that moderation is key,” she added. “We all want to enjoy our treats and sweets, but try to balance it out with nutritious food.” And don’t skip out on exercise either!

Find time to network

It’s easy to stay in your own social bubble. But it’s important to go out of your way to engage in conversation with new people you meet. “Exchange ideas and let people know what you are working on and trying to achieve. Always be listening. You never know who you are talking to and where you may find your next ‘aha’ moment,” said Ellen Bolin, a certified professional coach specializing in personal relationships.

Pick up a new hobby

Don’t be confined to the same old routine. “Invest a few hours in creating your personal growth list,” said Becky Howell, career success coach and author of My Happiness Book. Whether it’s taking a writing class, learning a new language or making a mean pasta from scratch, adding to your skills list is a good idea. It “increases your curiosity, improves your problem-solving skills and enhances how you view the world. It can also help combat depression, provide a healthy distraction from the news cycle and boost your self-esteem.”

Set boundaries

Some people have a hard time putting their foot down because of fear they won’t be liked, said author and holistic lifestyle expert Klay S. Williams. The problem with that? You’re not only putting yourself last, but also missing out on true happiness. “Boundaries are self-care measures that create real respect [and] authentic relationships,” he said. The best way to set boundaries is by paying attention to your feelings. “Do you feel a sense of violation, disrespect or uncomfortable after an interaction with someone? Chances are, you are experiencing an area that needs to have a boundary set or reinforced.”

Put your phone down

A study released by Deloitte in 2017 found that Americans look at their phones about 47 times a day. And nearly 90 percent of people check it within an hour of waking up. In 2018, make a conscious effort to take a technology break once in a while. “Our souls are truly longing to connect in a real and meaningful way,” said television host and lifestyle expert Alyson Charles. “[Cell phones] become a very easy distraction from life…and from being aware of the love that is probably sitting right next to you.”

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.