For many people, the New Year is a time of positivity and fresh starts. We make resolutions and plan for the year ahead. However, the New Year can also be a stressful time as we often put too much pressure on ourselves to fulfil our resolutions and make this year better than the last.

If this sounds like you, then don’t worry. There are ways you can harness New Year positivity without feeling overwhelmed by it all. When it comes to making resolutions, don’t burden yourself with an impossible list of things you want to achieve. There’s nothing wrong with having goals, but they need to be goals you can stick to.

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Try coming up with no more than three achievable goals and don’t feel disheartened if things don’t go to plan straight away – you have the whole year ahead of you.

A good way to give yourself a little perspective for the year ahead is by using clairvoyant readings such as those provided by TheCircle. A reading can often help you to banish any pain or negativity from the previous year and allow you to look to the future in a positive way. The reader may be able to give you insight into the life events you will experience in 2014 and this can help you feel more optimistic, or at least more prepared, for the year to come.

Of course, spiritual guidance isn’t for everyone and there are lots of natural ways you can relieve stress. Exercise is widely recognised as a great stress-reliever. Not only will you feel healthier, but the endorphins released during exercise are scientifically proven to make you feel happier. You don’t have to run a marathon, simply a walk around the block every evening is enough to clear your mind and help you to feel refreshed.

Try to think about the things which typically make you stressed to help you tackle the root causes. If you are under a lot of work pressure, consider talking to your boss about your workload and see if a solution can be reached. If you are struggling to balance household chores and looking after the kids, have a chat with your partner and see if things can be shared more equally.

For many people the New Year is a time for optimism and celebration. But remember, your happiness is important all year round.

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