Happy New Year! Send out stylish New Year’s cards to help welcome in the New Year. Then, as you sit down to contemplate your New Year’s resolutions take a peek at what we’ve found. Most us us don’t keep those promises to start anew but some of us manage to persist and succeed. We’ve put together the top ten New Years resolutions along with some tips on how to keep them. Without further ado, here we go.
New Year’s Resolutions
1. Spend more time with family.
Spending time with family and friends is always important, but too often we push it to the back burner because of work, housework, errands, or we are just too tired. Relationships need a little TLC and it may help you find renewed focus for your obligations by catching up with an old friend. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine for stress.
2. Get in shape.
We are, obsessed with the latest and greatest diet and exercise trends. The problem is, forming healthy habits seem so much harder than than the bad ones! Start slow. Build the time into your calendar. Literally schedule “gym 5 pm” on your planner. Try to aim for 20 min three times per week. Once you do that for a month, you’ll feel so good it won’t be so hard to make time for it!
3. Lose weight.
This New Year’s resolution goes hand in hand with the aforementioned one. Begin your exercise plan. Start a food journal. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are eating as much as we are! Those handfuls of m&m’s can end up adding hundreds of calories. Try packing a healthy lunch at night so you don’t have to plan for it in the morning. Bring enough healthy snacks (fruit, nuts, veggies and a lite dip etc) to work for the week. Then when it’s 3 pm and you are starving, you have a stash to go to that won’t make you feel guilty!
4. Quit smoking.
This is a reoccurring one for most long time smokers and it’s not easy. It takes an average of 8 tries before you finally kick the habit. Pick a quit date and circle it on your calendar. Tell everyone around you that you are quitting. Tell your smoking buddies to support you by not offering them to you when they go for their break. Replace smoke breaks at work with a quick walk around the building or up and down the stairs. Check out https://smokefree.gov/ for tips and local support. This is a top notch thing to do as a New Year’s Resolution, and was mine 2 years ago. I’m now smoke-free. Go Me!
5. Enjoy life more.
Undoubtedly if you successfully incorporate New Year’s resolutions 1-4, you will be enjoying life more. Sometimes it is hard to be thankful for what you have when all you see is what you don’t have. Try to find a quiet moment each day to think about all that you are thankful for. Begin a journal and either start or end each entry with something positive. Try something you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid to. Life is short, so embrace the moment!
6. Quit drinking.
The holidays are definitely a time of merriment and excess. For some, the excess doesn’t stop with the holiday season. Just like any addiction, drinking is not an easy one to overcome. Seek help and support. Check out stopdrinkingalcohol.com, for support networks near you.
7. Get out of debt.
In this economy, this new year’s resolution may be at the top of many, lists. For budgeting ideas check out this free budget software.
8. Help others.
Helping others is a fantastic way to help yourself. Look for local opportunities. Be realistic with your time. It won’t benefit anyone if you can’t keep your commitment. Volunteering often gives that warm and fuzzy feeling inside that you’ve done something good for your local community, or the world at large. We’re not talking about joining the Peace Corps as a New Year’s Resolution per sé, but if that’s what you want to do, power to you.
9. Get organized.
We could all benefit from being better organized. Tackle one area at a time. Check out orgjunkie.com for great organizational tips.
10.Go back to school.
This is your year. Go back to school and work toward the life you want. Check out college-scholarships.com for scholarship programs.
Learn more about New Year’s History and Trivia. There a bunch of sites with ideas for New Year’s resolutions, so don’t take just our ideas. Get out there and see what’s going to be the best move for you to make this new year. For example, this past year, my New Year’s resolution was to take more photos. Come up with your own idea!