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It’s that time of year when the weather starts cooling down, the days quickly become shorter, and getting out of bed gets a little harder each morning. Right about now, it’s easy to let yourself go on cruise control through the remainder of the year – but don’t give in!
Many people set goals for themselves for the new year, but why wait to improve or take some time for yourself? Now is the right time to get ahead on your New Years’ resolutions, take some much-needed time off, or catch up and enjoy the holiday spirit with friends and loved ones. We only get one shot at each year, so why not make the most of what’s left?
1. Spend Time With Friends And Family
Life is hectic, and you’re busy. It’s difficult to see your loved ones as often as you’d like to, and before you know it, you’ve gone months without talking to your closest friends or even family members. The holidays are the perfect time to get together and enjoy each other – that’s what they’re all about!
You could host a Friendsgiving or a white elephant party for some holiday fun, or you could just get everyone together for some food and movie. Even simple things like trying a new recipe together, taking a walk outdoors, or sitting around the dinner table can go a long way towards rekindling old bonds.
2. Set A Personal Fitness Goal
Exercising can be difficult during any time of the year, but it’s especially tough when it’s cold, wet, and dark outside. Studies have shown that getting out and working hard not only improves your mood, but can even help your immune system fight back against seasonal illnesses.
Use this time of the year to set a new fitness goal – there’s no time like the present! Options include improving your running distance, breaking a personal weight record, or even simply committing to a fitness schedule. You could also use this time to explore a new activity that pushes you out of your comfort zone. Just keep at it, and you’ll notice the benefits.
3. Get Your Home Ready For The Season
If getting cold-weather clothing from the back of your closet makes you sneeze from all the dust, it might be time for some winter cleaning. Use this time to change out air filters, switch the direction of ceiling fans, and give the house a good, thorough cleaning. A clean house will not only make you feel better, but it will also provide the perfect opportunity to do some festive seasonal decorating.
This is also the right time to winterize your vehicle before temperatures drop. For people in colder climates, this might mean winter tires. Regardless of your area, however, you should check tire pressure and change to winter windshield wipers. It’s also important to remember a winter safety kit in case of car trouble in the cold.
4. Take Some Time Off
A recent study found that Americans left 768 million vacation days on the table last year. If you’ve got some PTO hours accrued, don’t let them go unused! You’ve earned your time off and should take it when it’s available. Even a few days can be a huge relief and mental refresher. You may just surprise yourself with how much your productivity improves after taking some time for yourself.
Many travel experts agree that fall and winter are some of the best times to travel. Flights and hotel rates drop to nearly half of their summer prices, and places that are usually packed with tourists tend to clear up. Consider taking a weekend road trip to go camping, or explore what a nearby city has to offer.
5. Catch up on Reading and Listening
Cold days are perfect for curling up with a good book. Use this season to revisit a classic or start something new. For recommendations on what to read, try checking out the staff favorites at the local library, or check out “What Should I Read Next?”
If you’re more of a podcast listener, take the time to finish saved items in your library. Start a new one when those are finished. There are about 700,000 podcasts with millions of shows on everything from true crime to sports discussions and comedy. If you have a hobby or interest in something, chances are a podcast dedicated to that subject is out there—and you should definitely check it out!
These are just some ideas, and there are plenty of ways you can make the rest of this year count. It’s all about making life better for yourself and those around you. We hope you have fun and enjoy your holiday season!
About the author
Jayson is a recent graduate from Arizona State University who lives in Phoenix. Being a lover of entrepreneurship and travel, he’s always ready to bust out his laptop and visit new places. He started writing in hope of sharing his experiences with fellow entrepreneurs and travel enthusiasts. Follow Jayson Instagram: @jaysongoetzz
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