Kicking off the new year
Now that we’ve officially entered the new year, it’s the perfect time to reset the areas of your life you’d like to improve. Studio 108 shares some tips that can help you confidently conquer the parts of your life you’re ready to give a boost to.
Get Your Finances in Order
Financial concerns are the top source of stress among Americans. If you’re among them, starting with your finances is a smart way to recapture your self-confidence. By getting your financial house in order, your stress levels can decline, which can help you feel more confident.
If you want to get your finances in order, start by cutting back. Don’t eat out and use coupons or sales to determine what’s on your grocery list. Cancel unnecessary services and memberships, including streaming platforms, gyms, or anything else you don’t legitimately need. You may also want to check out alternative insurers and ask for quotes, as you might get a better rate with a different provider.
Another option worth considering is refinancing your home. Refinancing might allow you to access some equity, freeing up cash for critical needs or bill consolidation. Plus, you might be able to reduce your monthly payment.
Create a Healthy Foundation
Eating right and exercising can boost your confidence. Not only are you making sure your body has the fuel it needs to thrive, but you’re also creating opportunities to bust stress and improve your appearance, both of which can enhance your mood.
When it comes to nutrition, focus on creating a balanced diet that relies on vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Additionally, make sure to limit your sugar intake.
For workouts, couple 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week with two days of strength training. That way, you’re working your cardiovascular system and muscles, creating a solid starting point for health improvements. Balance out your physical activity with yoga a few days a week with in-person or Zoom classes through Studio 108.
Focus on Work-Life Balance
Maintaining work-life balance can actually improve your confidence. When you aren’t stretched too thin and don’t feel like your professional responsibilities are taking over your life, your stress levels usually go down.
Additionally, you’ll have more time for self-care activities, allowing you to take time for yourself when needed. Whether you spend that time meditating, stretching, reading, painting, or anything else isn’t as important as capturing the moments, ensuring your life doesn’t become all about work.
Consider a Career Change
If work-life balance isn’t possible in your current job or you’re experiencing signs of burnout, a career change might be your best bet for recapturing your confidence. While it may seem daunting, heading in a new direction doesn’t have to be difficult.
Begin by examining your skillset and identifying transferable skills. Next, consider what sort of role may ignite your passion. Are you ready to move toward a freelance career? Or are you ready to try something completely different? Take stock of where you are and where you want to be.
If it’s a new career, determine what capabilities you need to acquire to get that position. For example, if the world of business is calling, maybe it’s time to go for that accounting or business degree you’ve been considering. If it’s freelancing, familiarize yourself with the aspects of being your own boss. This will require diligence, time management skills and the ability to market yourself.
To set your new year off on the right foot, reclaim the parts of your life you want to improve. By cleaning up your finances, establishing a healthy diet and exercise routine, evaluating your work-life balance, and going after a career you’re passionate about, this is sure to be your best year yet.