New Years Eve 2021

December 29th, 2021

What are good New Year's Resolutions?

The definition of a New Years Resolution is the things you promise your self you will do over the year. But in reality, we quit after the first 2 weeks. Why is that? According to U.S. News, 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February. This is a sad statistic. That means most of us only stay committed for a month and a half. According to James Clear, who is the author of Atomic Habits, it takes anywhere from two to eight months to develop a new behavior or habit. Now lets not get discouraged. Nobody knows what is even going to happen tomorrow, how can we manage to do one thing for let alone a month! There are so many achievable goals that we can turn into resolutions. Here are some that you can do, and I bet, you will even see an enhancement in your life trying to achieve and complete these new years resolutions!

Not falling asleep after a good meal.

It doesn’t matter really. It can be breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even desert (sorry lactose intolerant readers), if our stomach are slightly pleased, things around us are going to start to feel more comfortable. “I’m just going to set a 10 minute timer, I’ll be up no problem.” (Timer sounds, you wake up, full stomach, bed feels like a cloud and a feather had a baby and its your bed, and you press stop and snooze onto 3 hours of your day gone). Sound familiar? Yeah…….how about this instead. REMEMBER! Newton’s first law of motion says a body at rest tends to stay at rest, but a body in motion, tends to stay in motion. Also, isn’t food supposed to give us energy? If I just sit at the dinner table or my couch, all that energy that was in the food is being wasted. Just get up. But not just stand up, get up with a purpose like setting up for the next day if you just finished eating dinner. A purpose to organize your bathroom, bedroom, or plan for your day if you just finished eating breakfast. Feeling kind of drowsy in your friend’s car coming back from brunch and your thinking about how comfortable your bed is? How about start an outrageous argument with your friend that will get both of your tempers flaring! (Just an idea to get you out of the food coma and get your brain thinking at a fast pace.)

Track your goals.

We all got them. But do we have a plan of action to achieve these goals? All it take is willpower and desire, but is what we are doing currently to achieve our goals working? Tracking  your goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable because you are able to see immediate feedback. Keep it simple and track things such as your daily food, monthly measurements, and weekly weight. Write everything down in an old fashioned notebook or use an app or spreadsheet. Waiting for the long-term rewards can feel unbearable, but look, I see because I have been going to the gym lately three times a week for an hour, I’m walking faster, breathing healthier, and now can hold six grocery bags into the house!

Read more.

There are so many good books in the world, but there are so many addicting apps as well. Electronic devices are always coming out, it can be easy to get swept up in the act of scrolling. The problem is, the blue light that these devices emit can inhibit sleep and promote feelings of dread due to the tendency of comparison. In an effort to boost your sleep schedule and your mood, put down your electronics and reach for a book, but not just any book, something that will interest you. In my personal experience, I started reading books because the elderly folk gave me some good recommendations, and because of this, I believe to remember things a lot quickly now. For example, I used to walk about 12 steps to my car from my apartment and I completely forget what I went to my car for. 

Take more walks.

“If you care about what people think about you. you’ll never get anywhere in life” is what I tell people when they bring up the excuse, I don’t want people to think I’m weird walking alone, or weird that I look like I have nowhere to go. Listen, tell all your worries in your body that you are going for a walk to enjoy the blessed life that we have such as the sky changing colors, (pink and purple personal favorite), and how the tree’s leaves dance around us everyday and we don’t catch the shows that they put forth. If you’re not much of a hiker, you’ll be glad to know that simply walking can be beneficial for your health and well-being. Why do you think so many people started taking walks during the pandemic? While some experts would have you believe that 10,000 steps are a must (that’s about five miles a day, BTW), simply starting to get those steps in is something worth celebrating. You cn even find secret spots in the places you walk to that you can bookmark in your head whenever your looking for a place to just get away. There are only beneficial attributes that come from taking walks, your dog would appreciate this change of life MUCH more as well.

And yes, join a gym.

I have only one example….Adele. As cliché as it may sound, making a resolution to join a gym in the new year can prove incredibly beneficial for both your body and mind. If you have trouble getting yourself to the gym because your rolling in the deep of a busy lifestyle or knowing what to do once you’re there, consider trying a membership with an instructor-led studio. They will get you to push your body. Don’t you want to see how great your body can actually become? Sound intriguing if you ask me.

Waking up early.

You really realize how much time is in the day when you take the phrase “the early bird catches the worm” to heart. As much as you may hate waking up early, Sleep Advisor suggests that doing so could be the trick to ushering in a healthier, happier life. In addition to giving you more time to even exercise before work, (well would you look at that, previous resolution topic). Waking up earlier is said to improve diet and quality of sleep, both of which have an immediate impact on your mood. A lot of people have a lot of tasks to get done throughout the day. Sadly, at the end there may be still more tasks to get done, and then the phrase “there is not enough time in the day” comes up. Make time! Wake up early to achieve your goals you are tracking (ha, look at that).