The year is drawing to a close and what a year it’s been! From an ongoing global health scare to the new routines that you’ve had to adjust to, things have been quite unusual in 2020. One thing that will remain unchanged is your annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Yes, we know this time around you’ve decided to show your steely resolve and stick to the promises you’ve made to yourself, but come February or March you start going down the slippery slope of breaking those resolutions. So what’s the best way to keep your resolutions? The answer’s simple enough: start with resolutions that are not so difficult to keep. To that end, there are five easy things you can do to start the new year on a positive note.
We said easy and we meant it. If getting fit is one of your big goals, staying hydrated will get you there. So the next time you have a craving for that second cup of coffee, have a glass or two of water instead. Replace that boring glass tumbler with a snazzy sipper that you can place on your desk, every time you look at it, have a sip and keep up your year-end promise. A dash of lime juice and honey can liven up the routine further and you will easily complete your daily requirement of H2O.
Walk A Mile A Day
For some, this might be a thing they already do. But when you give it a form of resolution, it tends to add a sense of fulfilment, which is so important for keeping up with your year end promises. Have your handy pedometer app open and keep a tab on the number of miles you put in daily. Slightly increase the miles you cover as a challenge and see how happy you get when you achieve it week after week. A good way to start is to park your car some distance away from the mall or your workplace and stroll down to the destination. With due course walking will become a habit and you will trod down places any chance you get.
You don’t need Marie Kondo telling you about the wonders of decluttering. This new year get rid of the useless items that have been drawing your positive energy and feel the difference. Start by identifying the local homeless shelter or a soup kitchen to donate the unwanted things and in return feel good about making a difference in someone’s life. For things that you really cannot give away, use storage bags so that the articles stay safe and usable whenever you need them.
Pick A New Hobby
It has been well documented in numerous researches that having a hobby helps one de-stress and keep a positive outlook. The start of a new year is the perfect time to pick a new hobby and give yourself that special me-time that you’ve always wanted. How about starting your own vegetable patch or a herb garden? Maybe knitting can help soothe those anxious nerves or spend some time writing a journal. Try different things at first to find which hobby you like the best and then allocate a day of the week to indulge in the activity of your choice. Soon you will realise you’re full of enthusiasm and positivity that will help you get over the monotony of your daily routine.
You’ve always wanted to eat healthy but can’t always find what you like? Why not cook something up yourself? Take those grill covers off and cook up a meal for the whole family. It will not only give you some time away from the rigours of work but will also give you a chance to relax with your loved ones. This is also a great time to experiment with cuisines you’ve always wanted to try. So the next time you feel like a spicy curry or a juicy burger, all you need to do is head to the kitchen and whip up a storm.
Your new year resolutions shouldn’t always be something that you feel pressured to fulfill. With these easy activities, you can start the new year on a high and keep up the pace till the end. So start now and feel great about it throughout the year.