New Years Resolutions ….. we all make them … and we all break them! It feels great to start the year off with promise of change. Changing habits we no longer desire to keep. Altering our lifestyles to better ourselves, whether it’s eating healthier, working-out, quitting smoking or cleaning up the clutter we stock pile in our houses. It’s so easy to make these resolutions, but hard to actually adhere to them because we tend to overwhelm ourselves with unrealistic goals that become tiresome and difficult to keep up with.
Here are a few resolutions to consider NOT breaking this year and some simple tips to stay on track:
1) Stay healthy by doing this one simple thing …. Drink more water. I know it sounds minuscule, but your body will thank you in the long run. Sign up for a water delivery service and constantly fill up your reusable water container before it empties.
2) Un-clutter your closet. It sounds like a big undertaking, but by starting with one section of clothing at a time, for instance just pants that don’t fit anymore, you will clear out so much valuable space. How much time do you spend staring at your clothes, wasting time, and still wearing the same articles over and over again? If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it! And best yet, donate your clothing to a local shelter or neighborhood non-profit.
3. Put your phone down! You know, that little device you‘re attached to 24/7. If you counted the time spent on your mobile phone daily, it would total close to 5 hours. How much of that time could you use back? Make a conscious effort to put your phone away at least an hour before bed. Keep it out of reach when at the dinner table or when out with friends and family. You’ll begin to develop better sleeping patterns and enjoy time with those you would otherwise be on your phone with!
4. Which segues to … Go to bed early! And actually manage to get better rest. Stop the daily grind of perpetual exhaustion by not being well-rested. Curtail anxiety by keeping a notepad on your nightstand next to your bed at night. When bright ideas pop into your mind or when your daily task list for the next day is keeping you from catching Z’s, write your thoughts and checklists down so you can get a good night’s sleep.
5. Be good to yourself. You just survived the holidays and did so many wonderful acts of kindness for so many people. You deserve to treat yourself to a dose of your magnificent self. Make it a point to treat yourself to something once a week. Buy that book you’ve been meaning to read or go to dinner with friends. Take a day to binge watch your favorite tv series. Jot ‘ME TIME’ on the calendar or declare Sundays ‘LOVE ME’ day.
Cheers to a Happy New Year and holding on to these healthy habits!