10 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To This Year
To make a list of New Year’s Resolutions or to not make a list of New Year’s Resolutions?
That is the question.
Possibly unsurprisingly, only 8% of people who set resolutions achieve them. Most people set high standards. It makes it hard to even get close to them. They also lack an action plan - meaning they never take that first step toward their goal.
By February, most people are done. They’ve lost their motivation and their New Year’s Resolutions have been swept under the rug - forgotten about.
But what if this year you could make a few goals or resolutions that you could actually achieve? Plus, accomplishing a goal feels so so good. (Bonus: Feelings of accomplishment are associated with a lower risk of mental health issues.) You want it. Admit it.
So… if you’re sick of ‘em or you want to feel a little bit of a sense of accomplishment, here are 10 easy ones you can stick to.
Here are some of the most common ones:
1. If you want to eat better…
Start adding more veggies and fruit in your diet.
Say goodbye to fad diets and attempts that don’t work. And instead of filling up on low nutrient dense, high-calorie foods, go for more fruits and veggies. It starts at the grocery store. Pick up fruits and veggies for a snack. At home, cut them up so they are ready to eat. No excuses.
2. If you want to exercise more…
Do 10 minutes, 3x a week.
I’m serious. Starting small is a sure-fire way to change your habits. Ignore your insanely fit friends that brag about spending hours at the gym (which by the way, you don’t ever have to do nor should you). Do HIIT or just a quick 10-minute walk around the block. Just start moving a little more. You can do it.
3. If you want to save money…
Start putting a set amount aside every week or every paycheck.
20 bucks a paycheck? That’s nothing. You won’t even miss it from your bank account. If you can afford a little more, go for it. It adds up. If you get paid bi-weekly, 20 bucks a paycheck adds up to 480 a year. It might not sound like much but it’s a start. Every little bit matters. Soon, you’ll have that emergency fund and savings you’ve always dreamed of.
4. If you want to reinvent yourself…
Hair is hair. It’ll grow back. And you won’t have to go blow a bunch of money on a new wardrobe. Ask your favourite hairdresser for their suggestion - what do they think would look best on you or suit your style? Remember, it’s not a permanent change. But it can definitely be a fun way to mix things up and boost your confidence.
5. If you want to lower your daily calorie intake…
Try sticking to water beverages only.
Liquid calories can creep up on you and that double cream and sugar coffee in the morning is definitely adding to your calorie intake. If you can’t have that coffee without it, okay fair enough. Instead, cut back everywhere else. No more pop. No more juice. If you’re thirsty, drink some healthy and calorie-less H2O.
6. Resolve to do 1 kind act a day.
It’s so easy. Hold the door for someone. Say thank you. Ask someone how they are (like the cashier). Compliment someone. Smile. Do something nice for someone you care about. Spread a little more positivity in the world - we need it.
7. Disconnect for 20-30 minutes a day.
Let go of your digital technology for a few moments. Place your phone out of reach. Turn off the T.V. Close your laptop. Just be. Read a book. Get artsy. Get outside. It will do wonders for your mental health by reducing mental health issues like depression and anxiety - which are often exasperated by social media and technology.
And if you want to sleep better this coming year… consider doing this before bed or right when you wake up. Disconnecting can help you sleep better and wake up more naturally - and in a good mood!
8. Clean house.
Do one small area at a time. Decluttering has numerous benefits. Declutter your space and you’ll declutter your mind. And a new year means out with the old and in with the new. Get rid of 5 items a day until you feel satisfied with your space. You will also feel way less stressed!
9. Try something new!
You can achieve this right away. Do it the first week of the new year. What have you been wanting to try but putting off? Do it now - especially while the optimistic new year feeling is still fresh.
10. Meet someone new.
Again, you can absolutely do this in the first week of the new year. And you can even do it while trying something new. Step out of your comfort zone. It might be daunting. It might be scary. But you’ll feel good about it after. And it resonates feelings of a fresh start - of a new year.
Don’t Over Complicate Things!
Keep it simple. Make it small. And make it doable. In other words, make new year’s resolutions you can actually stick to! It’s possible - just choose any from the 10 examples above.
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