Truthfully speaking, New Year’s resolutions are more like ‘January’ resolutions! This is typically because, more often than not, people choose to make very unrealistic resolutions that are hard to commit to. Perhaps, you have certain goals and wish to make some changes in your life for a better year ahead; however, how you go about achieving/executing them is what makes the difference. If you’re not realistic about the changes you’re going to make and how they will affect your life before attempting them, you will find it impossible to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Having said that, there are some resolutions that are easy to keep and will definitely aid in achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself in the new year. They may not be drastic, but they will surely impact your life in a positive way for an amazing 2019!
Before we get to these realistic resolutions, write down your goals for the year, changes you’d like to make and things that you’ve been putting off for too long; with these “wishes” noted down, you can tweak the resolutions below to help make them come true!
Save More Money
If you think saving up is hard, perhaps, you’ve been “subconsciously” spending more money than you should be. Temptation can be an evil thing that leads you to spending money you probably don’t have. From online shopping, to binging on fast food; anything that involves money should be given a second thought. One of the best ways to keep your monthly expenditure within a reasonable budget is by noting down how much money you actually NEED to spend in a month. This includes utility bills, cell phone bills, average food costs and fuel/commute costs. Once you’ve got an average monthly expense in mind, you can work out how much money you have left over to save and subsequently spend. Come up with a reasonable amount to put aside and save each month and avoid tapping in to your savings unless it’s an emergency. The best way to do this is by depositing the cash into a bank account and destroying the ATM card!
Change Up Your Morning Routine
It’s a proven fact that the way you begin your morning can significantly impact the rest of your day. If you choose to drag yourself out of bed, rush through your shower and barely sit down to eat breakfast, you’re likely to feel a little tired and cranky! On the other hand, if you spent as little as 10 minutes of your time in the morning doing something beneficial to your body/health, that sense of accomplishment will encourage you to be more productive throughout the day. Whether it’s meditation, stretching or a quick, simple workout routine, do something different that brings about a sense of self-achievement and positivity. The best part is that you don’t even need to wake up earlier than usual but rather get out of bed faster so that you have at least 10 minutes of ‘you’ time to kickstart your day!
This has probably been a failed New Year’s resolution for a lot of you! The reason for this is generally owed to making drastic changes in your diet that your mind and body can’t adjust to (particularly when there is zero accountability involved). Another thing to remember is that eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean not indulging in some of your favourite, not-so-healthy foods from time to time. The idea is to eat healthier by making better choices when you cook, go out to eat, or order in. There are plenty of restaurants that offer health-conscious dishes on their menus that are incredibly delicious; you just need to give them a try! Similarly, there are healthy alternatives to a lot of ingredients that you may use when cooking that can make up some very healthy, tasty meals!
Cut Down on Looking at a Screen
Technology has given us the power to do so much with a simple tap or push of a button; it’s no wonder we spend a great deal of time staring at a screen every day! While your professional life may force you to use a computer and cellphone for work, it’s the amount of ‘screen’ usage during your leisure time that you need to reconsider. Excessive use of phones and laptops are unhealthy for obvious reasons; from radiation and straining of the eyes, to unproductiveness and antisocial habits; spending too much time behind a screen is a real problem that so many of us fall prey to. Of course, a little procrastination is all right; you just need to draw the line between that, and wasting precious time doing nothing but scrolling through endless social media posts! It may sound clichéd, but cutting down on phone and computer usage can open up your eyes to a whole new world (beyond screens)!
“Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can do Today”
Benjamin Franklin knew what he was talking about when he said this! One of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make is to take immediate action as opposed to saving things for later. When you “put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, you end up accumulating tasks and putting more pressure on yourself to them all done in a shorter time frame. Moreover, it encourages lazy habits which is never a good thing! While there may be times when you feel completely drained of energy and the will to do anything (which is understandable), it’s occasions when you choose to procrastinate instead of doing what you should be doing that need to be questioned. In the new year, make it a habit to get a move on with things that you would typically put off and we guarantee that you will be thankful for making this resolution by the end of 2019!
Sleep on Time/Get 8 Hours of Sleep
Considering the fact that some people work nights or late shifts, ‘sleeping on time’ can mean sleeping in the day and waking up in the evening. Regardless of what your work timings are, make a vow to yourself to get at least 8 hours of sleep as often as possible (if not every night/day). Lack of sleep can lead to several health problems that seem to be steadily increasing with hectic work schedules and growing fast-paced lifestyles. Unfortunately, a lot of people discount the importance of sleeping well and long enough to give their body the rest it needs to function properly. Remember, prevention is better than cure so let 2019 be the year that you finally fix your sleep patterns and spend enough time in dreamland!
Go for Quarterly Year Health Check-Ups
Sticking with pro-health New Year’s resolutions for 2019, regular health check-ups for you and your family are definitely advised. Seeing your family doctor every 3 months is a great way to keep your health in check and motivate yourself to eat healthy and exercise more. It’s one of the easier resolutions to stick to since you only have to do it 4 times a year! Nevertheless, it can make a huge difference in your life and the lives of your family members so be sure to encourage your loved ones to stick to this vow together!
Practice Cleaning and Tidying Habits at Home
If you find your house to be consistently dirty and untidy, 2019 can easily be a different story. It’s really just a matter of doing a little each day to minimise the amount of cleaning your home needs on a daily basis. Of course, it should be a joint effort (unless you live alone). Some tips for keeping your home clean and neat include doing at least one cleaning task per day. Even if it means making time to simply dust the furniture, do it! Other habits that will help keep your home in order include putting things away as soon as you find them lying around. Similarly, if you pull out something to use, make sure that you put it back after you’re done with it. These simple habits will only take a few seconds, yet make a huge difference in your house!
Spend More Time with Loved Ones
So many people are preoccupied with work and personal affairs that they have no time for their loved ones. This is something that can really take a toll on you in the long run because, when you look back, you will regret all the time you’ve lost that could have been spent in the company of family and close friends. Moreover, laughing and having a good time with your loved ones can relieve stress and make you forget about your worries for a while! You may feel like your schedule doesn’t allow you to have days like that but this needn’t be the case; if you put more effort into making time for family and friends by sticking to a schedule and managing your time more efficiently, you’d be surprised as to how well things would work out for you! More leisure time to spend with good company is always a positive thing so be sure to make this a New Year’s resolution for 2019!
Leave Your Regrets/Pain in 2018
Regardless of the circumstance(s) in question, let 2019 be the year where you let go of your pain, regrets and fears. We often carry these emotions with us when we should, in fact, leave them in the past and work on healing ourselves. With that said, whatever has happened in 2018; whatever mistakes you’ve made; whatever has hurt you; let go of it all; focus your energy on starting anew and let positivity soar for an awesome 2019!