NYE Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

If 2020 and 2021 have though us anything is that we are way more resilient, way stronger and way more adoptable than we give ourselves credit for. So, going into next year, here are few resolutions that you can make and keep:

Focus on self care.
You are the most important person, if you are healthy, happy and prospering, not only will you benefit from that but people around you. Yes, it’s hard to give yourself the “you time” you deserve so make this next year around you by finding ways to make yourself feel loved and happy. You can start small by taking a relaxing bath, buy yourself flowers, treat yourself to your favorite dessert – just do something every week for yourself. Schedule it on your calendar, have a date with yourself, and keep that appointment.

Read more.
I know reading is not for everyone, and that many of you might not enjoy it but hear me out - commit to one hour a week to reading anything… Physical book, comic book, new paper, a cook book, magazine (so no virtual books/kobo's, blogs etc)... anything that takes you away from your technology. This will do two things - one take you away from so much screen time, and two force you to use a different part of your brain which will make you feel stronger and help with your mental health.

Drink more water.
Drinking 3 liters of water is essential for your health. So, buy a bigger water bottle, set a reminder on your phone to drink water, use a tracking sheet, get an app – do whatever it takes to create that habit.

Sleep more.
I think I spent the better part of the last two years feeling tired or exhausted – combination of lockdowns, stress and way too much screen time messed with my sleep pattern. Somewhere in 2021 I started tracking my sleep (via Fitbit) and started going to bed earlier in order to get 6+ hours, and eventually increased it to 7 hours of sleep each night. It made all the difference – I was more productive; I wasn’t as sluggish and helped with my weight. So try and get more sleep – maybe that means you invest to make your bedroom more comfortable, getting a sleeping app, creating a bed time routine, committing to less so you are not over extending yourself – whatever it looks like.

Minimalize.
Decluttering your life – all aspects of your life – is a game changer. In this new year commit to minimalizing your life, getting rid of things, people, situations that do not help you grow, that do not make you happy, and that do not bring joy. Physical decluttering and being organized, where all things have a space and purpose, helps you be less stress and be calmer. Mental minimization is hard because walking way from situations or people can be nearly impossible but you have to put yourself first. If the last two years of the pandemic though us anything is that we can do a lot on our own and that surrounding yourself with positive- strong- and like-minded people is what heled us see the light at the end of the preverbal pandemic tunnel. So, this year commit to doing more of that – add positive things and remove all the negative, useless clutter.


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