New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be bold
Happy New Year, everybody! Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
We make them with the best intentions, but they are slippery things, aren’t they? According to a recent study, 35% of us who do make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January. And only 23% of everyone who makes a resolution will see it through to completion.
The whole "new year, new you" mentality can really get us carried away and have us making bold plans for massive lifestyle changes come January 1. Therefore, one of the most common reasons we break our New Year's resolutions is that we get a little overzealous when we make them and we over-commit. But New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be big and bold like losing weight, finding love, or quitting smoking.
You can also change little things here and now. Start small and focus on one behaviour at a time rather than creating a long list of habits you want to change. And set specific goals rather than broad restrictions that make it hard to measure any level of success and to develop good habits rather than avoid “bad” habits, which is a more positive outlook.
Here are some ideas to get you started today:
1. Be curious: Explore at least one new place per week
Go somewhere where you have never been before. Because visiting a new place does not only keep your body active, but it is a great way to keep your brain active, too. Your next adventure could provide the mental stimulation your brain needs. Expand your horizon!
2. Be social: Share quality time with your family and friends
Research shows that having an active social life leads to a longer life. Social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults.
3. Be brave: Try something for the first time
When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Try a new restaurant and try a new type of cuisine. Watch a sunrise and a sunset on the same day. Change your route to work. Move out of your comfort zone and try something new.
4. Be bold: Do something you’ve been putting off
We tend to admire people who are decisive. Those bold risk-takers, the firmly committed ones, those who can stand-up, make a decision and march boldly ahead. Once a week, try to accomplish something you have been postponing for weeks.
5. Be more eco-conscious:
In general, try to create less waste and reduce your carbon footprint. You could bring your own bag to the grocery store, for example, instead of using plastic bags.
With that in mind, what’s your new New Year’s resolution?