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How to Survive New Year's Day

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by Marielle Intveld (subscribe)
I'm a young writer exploring the town of Adelaide. I like food, art, and culture.
Published December 31st 2013
New Years Day = The NEW New Year's Eve
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(This is written from the perspective of a non-drinker, so for my partying friends out there, you won't find your hangover cures here!)

I'm not a 'New Year's' kind of person. You know those people who buy the glasses, and have massive parties, and release party poppers at midnight? Can't say I'm among them. But here are my top 5 tips for how to survive the madness that follows the big night...

1. HAVE a big, delicious breakfast. I know your new year's resolution was to start an active, healthy lifestyle - but as a foodie, I can't think of a better way to start the year. If you're lucky enough to find a cafe that is open, go for it, but otherwise cook up a storm in your kitchen, and sit down to a delicious meal to begin a huge, exciting year.

2. DON'T make promises to yourself that you can't keep. I will run 5kms each and every day sounds like a good plan, but you know as well as I do that life will get in the way! If your new year's resolutions are far beyond your everyday lifestyle, you're setting yourself up for disappointment - trust me, I know! (I still shudder over my years of promising that I will eat 100% raw with no indulgences - many crying breakdowns soon followed). Be realistic - 'I will take the stairs everyday and I will do an activity I love 3 times a week' is far more beneficial (and likely to be successful) than 'I will run 5kms everyday until I have a Victoria's Secret body'.

3. DO something awesome! If you want to make 2014 your year for real, it's time to begin it with a bang. Catch up with a group of friends, see a theatre show (South Pacific for me, yay!), go for a long walk, skydive, whatever gets you going! You'll put yourself in a great mood and mentally prepare yourself for the year ahead.

4. REFLECT over your past year. I feel as though I'm contradicting myself with this argument but look back over 2013, and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly. With that in your past, you'll be ready to move on and kick-butt in the coming year. Plus, you might get a few laughs out of it! I know I have...

5. LEARN something new
. Whether it's to say that you have just learnt to say hello in French ('Bonjour, 2014!) or to do a push-up correctly, you can enhance your year already by committing to improve your skills in any area. It's a cliché, but this is the biggest fresh start you'll get. You can change your life any day, but when you're given a clean slate, why not use it to the best of your ability?

2013 is SO last year. Bring on 2014! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and thrilling new year!
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