With the New Year coming closer into view, many people are starting to take stock of the year that’s been. It’s the perfect time to evaluate your life to figure out which elements you’d like to hold onto and which you’d like to leave behind. New Year’s resolutions are often abandoned after just a few leaves on the calendar, but this time honoured tradition is a great way to improve your health, wealth and well-being.
The best New Year resolution ideas are the ones you can stick to
Rather than stick with the usual diet-driven, meditation-mad resolutions you might have picked in the past, why not try something new this year? Focus on simple tasks that centre on the pillars of your life. Break big challenges down to identify manageable tasks to ensure that you can keep momentum and motivation throughout the year.
Read on for some great New Year resolution ideas below.
Instead of setting your eye on hitting the gym six days a week, resolve simply to move more. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity – like brisk walking, cleaning the house or mowing the lawn – a day will improve your health. Think about spoiling yourself with a great new pair of leggings, a yoga mat or an activity tracker to help you record your progress.
Build your healthy recipe repertoire
Healthy eating is great, but even better is having a few go-to recipes that are as delicious as they are good for you. Aim to cook one new veggie-forward recipe a week (or even a month) that’s packed with nutrients and easy to execute. Purchase a new cookbook or start a Pinterest board to get inspiration for your epicurean exploits.
Create a self-care routine
Taking some time for yourself is a great way to destress. And with recent studies showing that participants who had a regular skincare routine had 83% less cortisol (the stress hormone) in their bloodstream, resolving to pamper yourself more often is a great idea. Put together an at-home spa package complete with a moisturising cleanser, hydrating scrub, repairing body oil and scented candle. Then set aside some time every week to indulge in a head-to-toe pamper session that will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks!
It’s not the most exciting of resolutions, but it is one that will benefit you in the long run. Explore the different kinds of budget out there (e.g. the zero-based and 50/30/20 budget) to find one that will work for you. Tracking your income and expenses in a way that suits your lifestyle will not only take the pressure off in the short term, but it can also help you to achieve your long-term financial goals.
There are plenty of New Year resolution ideas out there, but setting ill-defined goals is sure to end up in failure. Rather set out to tweak your life with smaller, more manageable commitments that will help you to uncover the new you.
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