According to a survey from Finder, an estimated 72.4 million adult Americans set New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 that they believed they could achieve. The survey found that health, money, self-improvement, love, and career were the most common categories for New Year’s goals.
Of course, 2020 took unexpected twists and turns as COVID-19 spread across the globe. From losing a loved one to losing a job, the pandemic has upended people’s lives in countless ways. If you didn’t follow through with your New Year’s resolution through all the uncertainty—cut yourself some slack. It was a hard year for everyone.
That being said, 2021 presents a new beginning. If you have the ability, why not start fresh with a new, more practical resolution this year? If you want to set realistic, achievable goals, try to focus on small or gradual changes. Need inspiration? Here are eight simple ideas for New Year’s resolutions that can still have a significant impact on your life:
Need inspiration? Here are 8 simple ideas for New Year’s resolutions that can have a significant impact on your life.
1. Take a Walk During Your Lunch Break
According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), more than one-third of workers don’t get much time for a lunch break and often opt for “desk dining.” While it may seem like you’re saving time, sitting at your desk all day contributes to weight gain, and working while eating can lead to eating more later in the day.
For a healthier year, prioritize making your lunch breaks as refreshing as possible. For example, making time for a short walk after lunch can aid digestion and help you focus on your work once you return.
2. Reward Hard Work
Instead of setting a performance-related resolution this year, make it a goal to reward yourself for the hard work you accomplish. However, stay away from self-incentives that involve food or money. Instead, reward yourself by spending time on the activities you love.
3. Have a Bedtime
Many people stay up too late, often preoccupied with their phones. If you want to get your routine on track, it is crucial to establish a bedtime. While you don’t need to be up at 5:00 a.m. or in bed by 8:00 p.m., you should try and fix a specific time to keep your phone away and stay away from any possible distractions.
Giving your body a similar time to fall asleep and wake up each day will keep your circadian rhythm intact and prevent you from sleeping too much or too little.
4. Start a Vitamin or Supplement Regime
What could be easier than taking one pill a day? While consuming supplements shouldn’t be your only strategy for achieving your health, exercise, or weight-loss goals, they can certainly help you along the way. For example, you add one of the following common supplements to your daily routine:
- Vitamin D– Having enough vitamin D can help improve calcium intake, prevent bone loss, and fight depression.
- Magnesium– Magnesium supplements may regulate nerve function and balance blood sugar levels.
- MCT Oil– You can start taking MCT oil for fat burning and weight loss by adding it to your meals or drinks.
- Zinc– Taking zinc supplements can improve your immune system and help our body utilize carbohydrate, protein, and fat for energy efficiently.
5. Set Once-a-month Goals
Instead of being too hard on yourself, set specific goals to complete once a month. These can be trying out a new hobby, taking art classes, or taking a trip to a new city. While everyday goals can be great, they can also be overwhelming and unrealistic. Try switching things up by ticking things off your bucket list each month.
6. Practice Five-minute Meditation
While you may not have time to complete full meditation sessions, you can probably take five minutes out of your day to focus on your mental wellness. These short sessions can help reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. It may also help to reduce cravings and addictions throughout the day.
7. Join a Hobby-based Club
If you have a hobby that you’ve always liked or want to try something new, you can join a hobby-based club. These can include book clubs, art clubs, or trekking clubs. New hobbies may help reduce stress and help you socialize since you’ll have a group of people who share common interests.
8. Prioritize Feel-good Fun
Resolve to take part in things that you find fun. You can try taking part in new activities, spending quality time with your family, or going out with your friends. The more time you spend having fun, the more motivated you will feel about working on yourself in your free time.
The New Year presents a new beginning. If you have the ability, why not start fresh with a new, more practical resolution this year?
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Although you may be excited to make life-changing resolutions, it’s OK if you hit stumbling blocks along the way. For best results, start by adding small changes to your life. Even if you forget to follow your new routine or don’t meet a goal, forgive yourself, and begin again the next day.
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