If youre tired of making and breaking the same resolutions each year, try modifying old resolutions or taking a completely different approach to new ones.
Starting simple can help you avoid disappointment, and you can always raise the bar later on. There is no wrong way to make a resolution. Be realistic and aim for goals that are attainable, because even a small change can make a big difference down the road.
Make your resolutions specific, because that will make them more measurable, allowing you to keep track of your progress. Also, telling your friends and family what your resolution is will make you feel more accountable.
Here are some areas that you may want to set goals for that include some examples that may inspire you:
Health – Its not an all or nothing thing. Make small changes to ease into a better diet, like reducing portion sizes, cutting down on sugar or salt, or trading soda for water. Dont harm your body by following the latest fad diet or depriving your body. Make small adjustments that will add up over time and focus on nutrition and nourishment over calorie reduction.
Exercise – Ease into it. Make the goal to move more, not faster. Start with easily achievable goals, like going for walks more often, or taking the stairs instead of escalators and elevators. You can increase your activity level as you go and work your way up to a more demanding exercise routine.
Mindfulness – Try to be more present in everything you do and cut down on distractions. Turn off the TV during dinner, put down your phone when hanging out with family and friends, and focus on the present moment. People will appreciate having your full attention and youll feel more connected with those around you.
Get Organized – Clear out clutter and donate what you can. Cleaning and organizing your whole house can seem like an overwhelming process, but breaking the work into pieces can make it more manageable. Clean out one room, or even one closet, at a time, and youll be done in no time.
Finances – Saving can be difficult once bills and other necessities are paid for, but cutting down on even the smallest things can make a huge difference. For example, making coffee at home instead of stopping at a coffee shop each morning before work can save you around $70 per month.
Practice Generosity – Be kind and generous to others when you can. Its not about how much you give, but the fact that you can identify yourself as a giver or a volunteer. A study from Duke University and the University of Singapore showed that people who volunteered experienced a boost in eudemonic well-being, or the feeling that ones life has purpose.
When making your resolutions for the New Year, remember that small changes add up over time and can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. Reward yourself as you achieve your goals, and youll be more motivated to further your progress. And remember, theres no rule saying you can only make resolutions at the start of every year.
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