8 Inspiring New Year’s Resolutions
January is an exciting time for setting new goals for the new year ahead. It’s a time of reflection, change, and promise. Many of us want to take better care of our health and lifestyle, so we resolve to exercise more, eat healthier, and take better care of ourselves.1
Here are some creative ways to help you hit those goals.
Swap a bad habit for a healthy habit
We all know our guilty pleasures can add inches to our waistlines, but there are some things you just can’t give up like chocolate, for example. One simple solution is swapping milk chocolate for dark chocolate, and giving yourself a healthy daily allowance. Similarly, if you can’t resist hamburgers, create a healthy recipe of your own that you can continue to enjoy.
Fulfill at least one item on your bucket list
There’s no time like the present. If there is one thing you absolutely must try, make this the year you do it. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you do.
Make more time for friends and family
Maintaining friendships and staying connected to family is good for your emotional health and well-being, and theirs too.2 It’s a win-win situation! With email and social media, it doesn’t take much time to reach out to those you know and love. It’s just another way of taking care of your health.
Invest in yourself
Sprucing up your resume with new skills and experiences is the quickest way to a promotion and earning more money. That’s an investment you can definitely get on board with in the New Year. Consult with your mentor on which courses to take and check to see what’s available through your employer.
Practice kindness every day
Smiles are contagious and a sunny disposition can brighten someone else’s day, as well as your own. When you smile, your body rewards you with a shot of serotonin and endorphins, those feel-good hormones that relieve tension and stress – and that’s good for your heart.3
Be a tourist in your own town
No time to travel? Take a mini-break in your own backyard: visit a museum, wander through an art gallery, or explore the local attractions. Learning the history of your area will give you a sense of community and you’ll develop a new appreciation for your neighbourhood. It’s also a great way to rack up some steps on those fitness trackers!
Finally read that book
Escape technology for a bit and lose yourself between the pages of that book you’ve had on your nightstand for the past six months. It’s a great way to unwind before bed and give your eyes a break from the blue light of your sleep-interrupting computer screen or cell phone.4
As the author Jeanette Winterson said, “Books are many things: energy shots, life-jackets, flying carpets, alarm clocks, oxygen masks, weapons, salves.”
Being rushed for time, getting angry at other drivers on the road, and growing impatient will increase your blood pressure. Instead of giving someone a piece of your mind, give yourself peace of mind and take a breath. Impatience can lead to hypertension and over time, that’s bad for your heart.5
It’s a new year and it’s time for a new you. Finding creative ways to help you reach your goals is the best way to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
- Blog Contributor