It’s a new year, and a great time to refocus your life. You’re busy with school, cheerleading competitions and practices, your social life and your family so it can be hard to slow down and think about what you want to do in 2013. Here are 13 tips to help you have the best year you can! 1. Be Positive. The power of thought can go a long way! Thinking positively will help you be in a better mood, will lower stress and will give you a better overall outlook. 2. Commit To Sleep. Rest is so important – especially to athletes! Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and you’ll see that your performance improves. When you are performing better, you will be less stressed mentally, and won’t be so hard on yourself physically. You’ll also have a clearer and sharper mind to help with learning new cheer routines and acing your schoolwork! 3. Get Organized. Being more organized will help you de-clutter your mind too! Make to-do lists, clean out your closet, create file folders for college application forms – anything that will keep you on track! Use smartphone and tablet apps and calendar reminders to remember important dates and birthdays too. 4.Be A Mentor. Lending your knowledge and expertise to someone else can make you feel great! What’s more, you could make a lifelong friend in the process! Whether you help teach younger girls the basics of cheerleading or mentor a peer in a school subject, make the time for this special project this year. 5. Stop Complaining. Complaining may make you think you feel better, but it can actually create a very negative atmosphere. Instead, work on dealing with any issues that come up during the year, and then letting them go. 6. Read! Find a good book and get lost in it! Reading is a work out for your mind, but it is also relaxing. Whether you make time before bed, on weekends or in between your day’s activities, you’ll be glad you did! 7. Learn Something New. Ask someone to teach you something, or get a good instruction book on a topic that interests you. If you ask someone to teach you something, like cooking or photography, the bonus is that you get to spend extra time with that person! 8. Redecorate. Out with the old year, in with the new year! Paint your room, reorganize your closet, move your bedroom furniture. Redecorating is an inexpensive way to feel like everything is fresh and new again! 9. Try New Things. While it is tempting to stay in your comfort zone, consider breaking out! Meet new people, try new cheerleading skills, join a new club – be open to all sorts of things! You never know what you might end up loving! 10. Make Time For The Things You Love. Don’t let all the new things you are doing get in the way of the tried and true things that you love. Find a balance 11. Spend Time With The People You Love. Your friends and family know you well and will help keep you ground, and get you through rough patches in the year. They may also drive you crazy, but in a good way! 12. Do Something For Someone Else. Remember those old clothes you came across when you reorganized your closet? Why not donate those clothes? Another trend that is picking up steam is doing random acts of kindness. Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks, or hand out a gift card to a stranger. Do something that you can not be paid back for, and maybe not even thanked for. 13. Volunteer. Spend time in your community, helping with a project that is important to you. Whether it’s cleaning up parks, working at the soup kitchen or collecting items for those in need, it will make you feel great, and help give you a new perspective and appreciation for life.