5 Easy Healthy New Year's Resolutions to Keep
Most of us start thinking about New Year's resolutions as the year ends. We want to leave all the wrong things and failures behind. Plus, we feel intensely motivated to finally start doing what we wished we had done this year.
Full of happy and positive thoughts, we start to think about what will motivate us the most and what decisions can help us achieve our goals.
However, most New Year's resolutions fail because we set the bar too high and set goals too hard to achieve.
That is what we want to change. Do you finally want to feel like you're working on your best version? Like you're accomplishing your goals? Imagine how amazing and fulfilled you will feel once the year ends and you realize you did.
Well, this blog gives you the right tools for it. Let's get right into it!
How do you set your goals?
If you want to set realistic and possible goals, there are some things you should do before:
- Be realistic. Keep your expectations accurate! We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but sometimes we put too high expectations, leading to disappointment and even frustration. If you can relate, think about this: your decisions must be achievable in one year; do not make long-term decisions – there is no point. Life happens in the present moment, so try not to make plans too far away in the future. Also, make plans that concern you, not what society expects from you.
- Take a brief look at last year. Be aware of the good and the bad: write down a list of things you wish you would have done differently and remember the good stuff. Once you acknowledge those things, you can move on. Noticing the positive things in your life will help motivate you and remind you of what you can accomplish. On the other hand, being aware of 'bad' things enables you to grow.
- Make it simple. A few goals are enough. Do not overdo it. Too many plans can put much pressure on yourself. Think about what you want to accomplish, which will help you grow.
- Write it down. Pick up a piece of paper, your notes app, and write it down. Put it somewhere reachable where you can look at it from time to time to remind you of your desired path. Once you achieve anything and every time a goal is fulfilled, you can put in a check mark.
- Put your well-being first. Setting goals that make you feel good about your life and get you in the right direction should be your priority.
- Discuss your goals with a loved one. Share your goals with essential people in your life. That way, you will feel more excited to succeed, and you can reach out for support when you fall behind.
- Reward yourself for your accomplishments. Treat yourself every time you succeed.
- Don't give up. Remember that there will always be little setbacks, so don't beat yourself up for them.
- Take control. Take responsibility for achieving your goals and plans. All your hard work and discipline will pay off in the end.
Your happiness and health are worth all the time and energy in the world, so why not start immediately?
Health Resolutions Ideas
Here are five overall health resolutions to include in your goals:
You cannot succeed without self-confidence; it plays the most significant role in your success and supports your emotional health. Be patient and be intentionally self-confident every day. Small steps go a long way.
You become more successful in your professional and personal life when you have healthy self-confidence.
- The first step you can take is to improve your mental health. Mental health is responsible for many parts of your life. It helps you maintain healthy relationships, succeed at school and work, cope with stress, be physically fit, etc.
- Be thankful for all the good things in your life, and remember them daily. By practicing gratitude, you will cope with stress much more effortlessly. Many successful people wake up and write down what they are grateful for. Try to include this in your daily routine and watch your life improve.
- Find the balance between negative and positive emotions. Remember that both are part of your life; you cannot feel joy and not feel sadness – it is the way we are. Sadness or frustration are just emotions. So, accept the uncomfortable feelings and don't let them rule your decisions. You feel so much more confident when you have control over your feelings. Also, avoid negative energy from social media, tv, or other people.
- Try meditation and relaxation techniques to start practicing awareness and mindfulness; they help your body stay focused and relaxed. Some examples include biofeedback, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, self-hypnosis, transcendental meditation, etc.
- Remember that life is not a competition, do not compare yourself to others. Instead, focus on your life, growth, and success, remember your strengths and be grateful.
- Be kind to yourself and practice positive self-thinking. Do not hesitate to ask for professional help if you need support.
Try something new
We all have things we want to try in our lives. The New Year is a perfect time to start. Get out of your comfort zone and explore!
- You can choose to do one thing a month or take a few months-course. Doing DIY projects in your home is a good start. You can find all kinds of ideas on the internet.
- Make your decorations, depending on the season. Learn how to sew and change your curtains or bedding. You can even learn how to sew your clothes.
- Start reading more. Pick up a book you have wanted to read for a while.
- If you like cooking, explore different cuisines and recipes. You can also take cooking lessons.
- Do you love traveling? Have a list of places you have always wanted to visit? Plan a few trips, even just weekend trips. Visit local museums, theaters, or restaurants if you can't travel due to a lack of time or money. Even watching documentaries of desired places to visit is a great way to widen your horizons.
The list is endless.
Give back to the community
- Helping others in need will help you feel accomplished. Make the most of traditional holiday goodwill and donate. Share what you can with someone in need - food, presents, or your time. The most valuable gifts come from their meaning, not money.
- You can donate 1% of your money, time, or support for any cause. If you are a business owner, it can be 1% of your profit, equity, or staff time.
- Become a mentor. Either in your company as a mentor to your colleague or in a volunteer organization. Help someone in their career, with school exams, or with your DIY projects. You might surprise yourself with just how much you know.
- You can volunteer in one-time events, weekly or monthly, in a food bank, homeless shelter, medical facility, or animal shelter. Volunteering can help you find friends, learn new skills (and that way, advance in your career), connect with the local community, etc.
Volunteering can help you more than you can imagine; it protects your physical and mental health. Here are a few other benefits of volunteering:
Advance in your career. You can meet people, learn new skills, and get more experience in your field of interest. By volunteering, you practice essential skills that might help you with your daily job, including communication, problem-solving, teamwork, organization, public speaking, marketing, etc. But remember that your skills are not essential for volunteering; your positive attitude, compassion, and open mind are crucial.
- Connection to others. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, strengthen friendships, and network. You can develop and practice your social skills. Another great idea is to involve your family and friends – it gives you a chance to bond.
- Benefits for physical and mental health. Volunteering relieves stress, anxiety, and depression; it boosts your sense of pride and purpose and keeps you mentally active. While volunteering, you tend to move and walk more, which benefits your physical health. Helping others helps you distract yourself from worries and problems and cope more easily with your daily tasks.
- It brings fun to your life. Volunteering is exciting and relaxing, providing new energy and motivation to carry over to your personal life.
- Commit to taking better care of the environment. Recycle more, use eco-friendly cleaning products, take public transportation once a week, or go shopping with reusable bags. These small steps will add up and reduce your carbon footprint.
Take care of your body
Preserve your body. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
- To change your eating habits, you need to be mentally prepared. Take small steps toward changes; you can add one new healthy ingredient a week to your diet and simultaneously remove an unhealthy one.
- You don't have to follow strict diet plans. Observe your body and notice what is right for you.
- Go outside! Nowadays, we often forget about the benefits of fresh air. Our daily activities and errands keep us mostly indoors, especially if you have kids. So go out in nature as much as possible, even if it is just for a short walk - the benefits are enormous. Try to include half-an-hour walks every week and substitute driving for walking.
- Exercise as much as you can. If you don't like going to the gym, don't set it as a goal. Instead, be realistic. Find the type of exercise you love, and remember that any physical activity is better than none.
- Try to sleep as much as you can. Lack of sleep is one of the most impactful bad habits in your personal and professional life. Do not hesitate to ask for professional help if you have sleep problems.
- Take breaks from social media and the internet. Indulge yourself with a hot bath, a nice dinner, night out at a theatre. Surround yourself with good friends and family, and enjoy that one day of socializing. Try to reconnect with someone you lost touch with, and stay in touch.
- You can make New Year's resolutions that boost your productivity and professional growth. Take a new class, and be focused on your learning. When you feel overwhelmed at work, take a five-minute break to breathe in deeply - it is more beneficial than you think. Feeling good at work impacts your health more than we would like to accept.
In other words, schedule rest time. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best decision for us. You don't have to make decisions about new activities or classes. Instead, learn how to listen to your inner voice and your heart. This year you can make resolutions that make you feel good about yourself. Do a little self-care once a week; it can go a long way for your health.
Learn how to control your emotions and be aware of how certain things and people make you feel. You might be surprised at how much self-control you have. Do something kind every day; it may be the most accessible and most fulfilling resolution you can make.
You don't have to force yourself to make 50 New Year's resolutions. Make sure you prioritize your health. You can pick just one. Remember that you do not have to do everything at once. You can always ask for help whenever you feel like it.
And don't let your fears or emotions get the best of you. Use them as motivation to try and be better this year.
Resources: Camille Styles, Goodnet, WebMD, Klient Solutech, Bestmade Natural Products, BetterUp, Go Skill