We all have our own rituals to prepare for the turning of the New Year. Some participate in extreme diets and detoxing, while others opt for cleaning old files off their hard drives. Even a change of hairstyle says, “Hey, New Year, come at me bro!” But if you’d like to try a more metaphysical approach to your 2013 transition (and even if you’re having a late start to kicking the new year into high gear), actress Lashontae Heckard helps us with three ultra simple tips to putting your mind in the right frequency. — Vanessa Veasley
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1. Reflect & Resolve
VIBE Vixen: What’s the best way to let go of last year’s disappointments?
Tae Heckard: I think the best way is to evolve from your lessons and look towards the future.
Tip: Grab a notebook and first jot down 2012’s lessons (not failures) then proceed with your resolutions. Written and visualized with your new wisdom in the forefront of your mind, your goals will seem even more tangible.
VIBE Vixen: What’s your favorite way to clear your mind?
Tae Heckard: [Watching] the ocean and [reading] a good book is my favorite way to relax in all ways. Self time is very important.
Tip: Relaxing your body and mind improves your immune system, concentration and problem-solving skills. No ocean nearby? Take your book to the park or buy a white noise machine. HoMedics Sound SPA Relaxation Sound Machine makes ocean, waterfall, rain, rainforest and thunder sounds. (Target.com, $20)
VIBE Vixen: What makes you laugh?
Tae Heckard: Shit, besides myself? [Laughs] Every and anything. I’m a naturally happy person so hilarity comes easy and often.
Tip: Laughter heals, renews, purifies the soul and it’s free! For a good chuckle, Tae’s personal Instagram feed and Twitter timeline never disappoint. Find amazing images of her outer beauty there too.
Tae tells us she has some special “happenings happening” that she can’t speak on just yet, but we’ll be sure to update you Vixens first when the time comes. Also, catch the lovely Lashontae Heckard again as Jazz in the new season of The Game returning March 2013 to BET.