Welcoming the new year may feel a bit different this year, given the challenges of 2020 and the inability to celebrate together during the pandemic. Though 2020 has been a tough year for most people worldwide, now that 2021 is around the corner, therefore, it is the time for a fresh beginning with a new year’s resolution.
Staying on track is challenging when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but not impossible! Here is a list of New Year’s resolutions ideas filed with easy, good-for-you goals. It’s time to take your life back into your own hands, and you’ll not only jumpstart a healthier body and mind — you’ll feel fantastic and full of anticipation to make 2021 a much better year than ever before.
#1 Build a better budget.
If there’s one New Year’s resolution that will help you the most in the long run, it’s making a vow to save more money. Outline a budget that works for you and make a plan for how you’ll stick to it. Nobody knows what surprises the New Year will bring, so building a financial plan to withstand the unexpected will help you be ready in an uncertain future.
#2 Give yourself a new look.
Working on your look is just as refreshing as turning over a new leaf internally. Taking off a few inches can make you feel so much lighter in the new year. Even a simple new style or hair colour could brighten your days.
#3 Do one thing at a time.
Multitasking doesn’t make you more efficient, but it does stress you out. Instead, organize your activities into chunks of time, and commit to being focused in those allotted minutes to see what happens.
#4 Rest more mindfully.
With so much going on in a single place, the lines blur between work and rest, and it’s easy to find yourself working longer and harder than you did in an office – a perhaps unexpected effect of the new norm. Make attempts to ensure your mind and body get the rest they need. Practice discipline by turning your work laptop off punctually.
#5 Explore new hobbies at home.
Given all the time you now spend at home, picking up a new home-based hobby wouldn’t be the worst way to pass the time. Hobbies can be extremely fulfilling and can also give you something to look forward to every day, without you having to leave the house. Try making your own soap, candles, etc.
#6 Switch up your fitness routine.
Keep your workouts from getting stale by continually trying new things. By mixing up your activities, you give those overused muscles, joints, and ligaments a chance to rest and recover before putting them into action again.
#7 Drink up.
Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. So down some extra water on those days.
Research shows that pitching in regularly can lead to less stress and lower blood pressure. So use this day to jumpstart a longer-term personal commitment.
Finally, successful resolutions are usually built upon optimal challenges. Beyond the focus of your goals, there are some vital elements to success at any resolution you might make. First, make sure your goal is one you genuinely embrace—that you are entirely behind and care about. Setting the bar too high will feel discouraging and lead to disengagement. Keep in mind that with almost any long-term goal, the best strategy is to set small incremental goals and be specific. Be kind to yourself. Set some realistic goals and celebrate small accomplishments.