7 things to do in the last month of the yearPubali NeogyNovember 23, 2019, 8:48 p.m. UTCYearends need not be necessarily about parties. It could also be about these fabulous things that bring more meaning your life:A vacay away from the madness of city lifeThink tropical beaches, snow-covered mountains and the beatific countryside. Away from the concrete jungle, lousy traffic and the daily grind, time spent in the lap of nature can be most rewarding. And you needn’t blow your budget for it. Just scour the myriad travel websites to snag the best deals or look to the nearest countryside (maybe your ancestral village or city outskirts).Spending quality time with your familyIt is a good time to bond with your family – from cooking and eating meals together to sharing laughter and joy. Let go of the differences, ignore the occasional little slights by relatives and over-indulgence of your parents. Instead engage in constructive, fun conversations and activities. Plan a vacation together or a get together. Buy gifts for those staying nearby and call up your cousins living far away.Unclutter your house, get rid of stuff you don’t needDiwali cleaning may just be over but am sure you’ll still find stuff galore that you don’t need. Clothes, books, gifts (particularly those amassed in the just-concluded festive season), bedsheets, utensils and so on. Dispose those sensibly. You can donate some of those at orphanages, libraries or to your housecleaning people. You could also give those to beggars and hawkers accosting you at signals. It’s always good to carry such unwanted items in your car or scooty.Scroll to continue with contentAdDo your bit for the underprivilegedWhat could be more fulfilling than spreading cheer among the lesser privileged? In the last month of the year, take some time off your busy schedule to visit an orphanage or a home for the aged. Don’t just make it a one-time visit. Instead go there for an entire month, mingle and strike a rapport with them. Alongside donating food, clothes and books, spend some quality time with the inmates. How about taking a projector with you and showing them some movie, or teaching children science, geography or math for a month?Visit the doctor, focus on your healthIf you’ve been postponing visiting the doctor or shrink, then book an appointment ASAP! You sure don’t want to walk into the next year with physical ailments that can get worse without timely intervention. Equally damaging can be stress, anxiety and depression. Apart from visiting the doctor, make it a point eat healthy, drink loads of water and work out daily to keep yourself fit.Complete unfinished tasks, take up something newThings you’ve been meaning to complete or start – do it right away. It could be driving lessons, piano lessons, learning to dance, sing or paint or working on a balcony garden. While these may not drive away your problems or solve challenges, they can definitely prove to be therapeutic.Thank people, let go of grudgesClose your eyes and think of all the times your life hit the lowest point. Remember all those who stood by you then and helped you rally. Reach out to them to say thank you. Remember those haven’t been that good to you either – a backstabbing friend, workplace bully or uncaring partner. Forgive and forget. Make peace with your past and present and live life to the fullest. Mental peace is most important for a healthy body.