Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Happier Living
Are you, like us making a few resolutions in the new year? It can be hard to keep a resolution – did you know, more than half of all resolutions fail – not a great start is it?
Gone are the days of boring, unrealistic, uncreative resolutions. You know the ones, ‘loose weight, quit social media, cut out alcohol..’ what a snoozefest! So let’s shake things up. We’re creating resolutions of not only a variety but most importantly achievable!
- Be More Environmentally Friendly
The best way to help beat climate change is to do your bit. Even the small acts can be powerful and it’s one step at a time right? Start with these: turn off your electricals, switch to renewables, go vegetarian two days a week, eat less dairy, recycle and reuse as much as you can!
- Exercise to Boost Your Mood
Instead of obsessing over the scale, obsess over how amazing you feel since you started being more active. Numbers aren’t important, but how you feel is! Ditch the scales and work on feeling more empowered through movement.
- Give One Compliment a Day
You never know—it just might make that person feel a whole lot better.
- Go a Whole Day without Checking Social Media
Nobody’s going to die. It can wait until tomorrow.
- Go Somewhere You Have Never Been
This might be trying a new restaurant, bar or pub. Or go further a field and visit a new city, a town or forest (great for walking!)
Not only is volunteering good for your own mental and physical health, but you’re doing something kind and selfless for others. Try your local charity shops, or ask an elderly neighbour if they need help once a week.
- Start Positive Affirmations
Studies support the idea that the words we choose matter: A good positive affirmation can help you combat stress and increase the neural pathways in your brain. Positive affirmations are statements that can help brighten your outlook on the world when you say them to yourself regularly or write them down in a journal.
- Let Go of Grudges
Wouldn’t it be nice to start 2021 with a clean slate? Leave hate behind. Anger is so 2020.
- Donate Clothes you Never Wear
We tend to hang onto stuff “just in case.” If you haven’t worn it in a year, give someone else the chance to.
- Remove Negativity or Anything that Makes You Feel Lousy
Even things like super sad movies or news sources that just upset you.
- Create a Home Cleaning Schedule You’ll Stick To
Keeping your home tidy without doing what feels like a deep clean every week can feel like a big ask. It’s true that you may be under cleaning some tricky spots, but it’s also true that you may be overdoing it elsewhere.
- Exercise Your Brain!
Scientists are always learning more about how humans work to stave off cognitive decline — and while data may be divided, if one thing is sure, games can indeed play a role here. Download some word or number puzzle apps and get cracking.