The start of a new year is typically the best time to revisit your old habits and manifest new ways to reinvent yourself, becoming better, stronger, and happier. Though the age-old proverb “new year, new me” has become a bit of a yearly cliche, there’s simply no denying that there is a sprinkle of optimism in the opportunity to start a new chapter.
What better time to develop a strategy for the forthcoming year? In this post, we’ll walk you through five of our top New Year’s resolutions worth committing to.
1. Commit to being regularly active
Don’t make the mistake of blindly telling yourself you’ll hit the gym every day. It’s not realistic, you and I both know. Set a more achievable target of developing your discipline if you know yourself well enough to know that you simply do not have it in you to commit to going to the gym every day.
If it means exercising once a week or every other day, it’s way better than setting unattainable (and sometimes miserable) goals. Reachable is the goal so you can reap the reward of achieving that goal sooner than later.
Try these activities in 2020:
- 30-60 minute walks around the neighborhood
- 5-10 mile bike rides
- Group fitness classes
- Taking up yoga or pilates
2. Make your travel dreams come true
You are likely itching to escape the confines of your house, city, state, or country after almost a year spent indoors after almost a full year of enduring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All you need is a plane ticket, a packed suitcase, and a destination in which all of your wildest dreams come true.
If you have the means and the money, try closing your eyes and pointing to a spot on a map and booking a flight to that country. It’s a wild idea, but the craziest schemes still yield the memories that are most extraordinary. When you fly alone to a new location and immerse yourself in a new world, you will be stunned to realize just how much self-discovery you will undergo.
3. Enrich your diet
Simply put, your health is the most integral element of your everyday life. However, it can be difficult to carve out the time to actually take care of your gut with all the stuff filling your calendar. A busy mind often resorts for fast, unhealthy foods that leave you feeling full but lacking in nourishment.
If you’re interested in revisiting your diet, try out these five tips:
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugars
- Eat less salt
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Eat more fiber-rich starchy carbohydrates (rice, pasta, bread, etc.)
4. Learn a new skill
If you consider yourself a life learner, what better time than the beginning of a new year to dedicate time to learning a new skill. Whether it’s a skill that helps further your career or improves your own personal skill set, choose something that excites you or something that will be useful to you.
- Learn how to play guitar
- Learn how to use Photoshop
- Learn a new language
- Learn how to speed read
- Learn how to use mortgage pipeline software
- Learn how to file your taxes
5. Be more eco-friendly
Climate change is a terrifying reality that demands us to reflect on how our actions are actively affecting our environment. Make 2021 the year that you put your greenest foot forward. Although recycling is an easy first step, aim to adjust a few of your everyday habits and behaviors to go a step further, including:
- Buy a reusable water bottle
- Recycle old electronics
- Go meatless for at least two day a week
- Take shorter showers (less than 15 minutes)
- Wash your clothes using cold tap water
2021 will be your year of change if you dedicate yourself to setting and accomplish the goals you set from the outset. Sticking to the above resolutions will guarantee that you are building toward a happier, healthier, and wiser version of yourself!