January is probably the worst month to start a new year. For most of us in the Northern hemisphere, January is the coldest, darkest month in the calendar which can leave us feeling lethargic and uninspired. But hold the darn phone. Those first few weeks after the madness of Christmas and New Year are also the perfect time to contemplate the year ahead and plan everything we can, and should, aspire to achieve. Slow down, reflect and set a path towards a year full of achievable goals and a happier mindset.
So, where do you start? The best answer is, start small. Set aside that pipe dream plan to climb Everest – unless you really, really want to – and make small changes that will have a big impact on your life.
Take a break from technology
Taking regular time away from the glare of a screen is something all of us could benefit from. A recent study in the US estimates that each of us spends more than 10 hours a day on social media, working at a computer or just plain staring at our phones and tablets. Screens have our full attention, but should they? Think of what other more fulfilling activities you could be doing with all that time. Whether it’s something as simple as taking the dog for a walk, signing up to a new dance class or just picking up your phone and actually calling someone you love. Start small and make a commitment to spend less time participating in the virtual world and more time having real, tangible experiences in the real world.
Do more of what you love
This seems like such a simple idea, but something a lot of us fail to do. We all have something that we enjoy doing above everything else so taking the time to do more of it is a bit of a no brainer. Most of us live for our annual dose of world travel – escaping the comforts of home and immersing ourselves in a different culture for a few days or weeks is endlessly inspiring. So, instead of the standard two weeks in the sun, why not break up your travels and pledge to head somewhere new and interesting every 6 weeks? Even if it’s just a few nights or a longer break, something little and often is guaranteed to beat cramming all your travel goals into one trip.
Be conscious of your impact on the planet
There are very few things more important for the state of the planet than living a more eco conscious life. Taking a more responsible approach to your daily routine will have far more reaching consequences and also make you feel pretty damn good about yourself. Small changes like ditching the plastic bags for life and taking a reusable bag where ever you go could prevent tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic entering the sea for years to come. Turn the heating down a notch, take the bus instead of your car and better still opt to travel with people rather than solo. Every change can make a huge difference.
Feeling suitably inspired and looking for adventure? Give us a call and let us impart some sound advice on making your Aussie travel dreams a reality. That’s one goal you truly can achieve!