The New Year’s Resolution struggle is a real thing. Not even just maintaining it, but coming up with a realistic resolution. Are you tired of watching your friends check into the gym on Facebook for the 5th time this week? Or seeing a million posts of the different salads they’re consuming for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Time to go beyond the stereotypical choices. Fear not, we’re here to help. Let us throw some ideas your way to inspire you in the new year!
Be a better you. There’s no one like you… well, unless you have a twin, then there’s someone eerily like you. Nevertheless, it’s important to take the time to reflect on your life and your personal happiness. Believe in yourself more. Become more aware of bad habits you should break. Cheer yourself on with your good habits.
De clutter your life. Let’s start with those pesky paper phone books. Do you still get them? Visit http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com or for Canada: http://delivery.ypg.com/en/US/Home/Index/ and OPT OUT! Then recycle the stack that’s gathering dust in the corner. While you’re at it shred old bills you don’t need and toss those in the recycle bin too. Throughout the year whenever you come across an item you haven’t used or touched in more than 6 months, it’s time to put it in a bag to send off for donations. Then you can feel better about yourself and your more open living and storage space.
Unplug and explore. We know the glowing screen beckons your stare, but when your joints start to ache and you can’t find a comfortable position to sit in, it’s time to unplug. Stepping away from technology and taking a short walk outside will get your blood moving again. There’s probably a part of your neighborhood you haven’t even seen. Go forth and explore it.
Hobbies. Pick that one thing you said you were always going to learn or try or do and in the words of Nike, just do it. Easier said than done of course, but that’s why you find a common group of people to motivate yourself into doing said thing. Websites like meetup.com are perfect for finding your niche and sticking to it. If you’re up for the challenge, enroll in a fun community college class—belly dancing, underwater basket weaving, bowling. Chances are you’ll stick with it after forking over the tuition fee.
Smile more. This one should be easy as pie! You’ll be amazed at how your day can turn around if you smile more. Positive thoughts are contagious and before you know it, you aren’t forcing that grin.
Move. This is a simple version of the standard resolution of exercising, which may be a daunting task to some. Forcing extra movement throughout your daily routine is a perfect way to easily exercise your muscles. Park further back in the lot not only lessens the chance of dings on your car, but gives you a short walk. Live on the 3rd floor of your apartment? Take the stairs, it’ll be faster than the elevator anyways.
Connect to your inner kid. Blowing bubbles, cartwheels, building forts, board games—things that are still as fun as an adult. Give it a go. Who says kids get to have all the fun?
Be a foodie. Next time you’re wandering the aisles of the grocery store and you go “What is that?”—get it. Starfruit, Green Tea Kit Kats, Rhubarb. Now is the time to expand your palate. Better yet, make it a gathering and wrangle your friends over to taste test with you.
Drink more water. Simple. Buy a large reusable bottle and never leave it more than 5 feet away from your person. You’ll easily quench your thirst more if a bottle is within reach.
Pay it forward. The news has been filled with random acts of kindness recently, but YOU can be a part of that story. Take the time to see those around you, and if someone is in need, act on it. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive—you can donate blood, volunteer your time, or toss your extra change to a charity every time you have it. Turn your good thoughts into action. We challenge you to choose one or more of these resolutions, you’ll have an awesome 2014 guaranteed! Unless you’re a Broncos fan ;) *knocks on wood* #GoHawks