How can it be New Year already?! This year seems to have just flown by and now we’re already gearing up to celebrate the last of the old year with the first of the new. Traditionally of course, New Year is the time to start afresh with a better, brighter and hopefully more productive you, which is what leads us to making those resolutions.
There are of course the typical resolutions that you could follow like losing weight, or quitting alcohol, but we’ve decided to come up with a little list of things that you’ll actually want to keep for ever. If you’ve been lacking resolution inspiration, then this guide is for you.
If you’ve got a stack of books that’s been gathering dust then it could be time for you to start digging into them. And with a bit of thought, you’ll find that even with a busy schedule you’ll have the time. For example if on your commute you spend your time browsing your phone, instead bring a book which is a far more satisfying way to relax before and after work. And if you drive rather than take public transport, then simply download some audiobooks instead. Relaxing and good for your mind, you’ll soon find yourself looking forward to reading.
Take a break from your phone
While picking up a book more often can be a good thing, it could be a wise idea to make a resolution to waste less time on your phone. A few simple ways to cut down would be to never use it when dining, don’t use it in bed and never to absent-mindedly browse when you’re talking to someone. You’ll feel happier and less stressed this way.
Are you shopaholic (guilty!) or do you find you just seem to have lots of stuff that you don’t use? Then make a resolution to de-clutter regularly. This could be taking one big bag of clothes every 2 months to the charity shop to avoid having a wardrobe full of things you never wear, or donating all of those long-life food tins that you just don’t use. With a clean and tidy home you’ll be able to relax and unwind more easily.
So this may not be an original resolution but we’re recommending it since once you start feeling those endorphins, you won’t want to stop exercising! It doesn’t mean you have to join a gym or a sports team unless that’s your thing of course. It could be as simple as trying to go a powerwalk 3 or 4 times a week or getting your bike out of the garage. You’ll look and feel the best version of you with a little more exercise in your life.
Cook at home more
Especially if you fancy saving a bit more money, cooking at home is economical and a wonderfully practical skill that anybody can do. As long as you can follow a recipe, you can cook and often the simplest recipes are the most delicious. Ask family members for favourite recipes and watch cookery programmes for a bit of culinary inspiration.
All of these resolutions are practical and good for you and are realistic too. So if you have a tendency to ditch your resolutions before the Christmas decorations are even down, why not give one of these a go? You might just surprise yourself.