New Year, New You! Make this year YOUR year.

new_years_eve_getaways_600x450Someone once told me that the definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
(My younger brother, apparently quoting Albert Einstein)

Each year, we all make resolutions- lose weight, save more, eat better, spend less time working, etc., etc. And each year many of us break those resolutions within a month (or two if we’re lucky).

Here are some tips to help get a jump start to 2013 and make some changes that aren’t so dramatic:

Make a New Year’s Resolution: Even if you break it, at least you had the intent, right?! This year, make it your New Year’s Resolution to reduce stress and anxiety over the economy and get your finances in order. Start by turning off the evening news and spending quality time with loved ones. Taking a step back will help you gain long-term perspective and focus on the people who matter most in your life.

Focus on Your Health: The relationship between physical health and mental health is important. Focus on finding the right balance in your diet, through exercise and getting a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Make Rash Decisions: Making any decision on the spur of the moment is never a good idea. Try not to react immediately to bad news. Take some deep breaths and meditate for a minute or so.

Don’t Stress Over the Things You Can’t Control: I am a control freak. I cannot deny it, but even I know there are somethings in life we cannot control. So, focus less on the things you can’t control, like the stock market and the cost of living, loss, and more on the things you can. Review your expenses and see where you can make cuts. Postpone that vacation or eat out a little less. Use the opportunity to find things to do with your loved ones that bring you closer and cost less, such as a family game night or handmade gifts. In thinking about what you can control, this does include estate planning. (Keep an eye out for our post on Finances and Estate Planning in the next few days!)

Don’t be afraid to seek help: We can’t do EVERYTHING without feeling a little stressed! If anxiety or stress becomes too much, find someone you can talk to about what you’re going through. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members, friends, and a professional, if necessary.

We hope this helps jumpstart your resolution setting (even if it is broken by Valentine’s Day!) and helps you take back your life- wishing you lots of Peace and Joy in the coming year!

-Carmen

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