Making a new years resolution is a great way to start setting goals for 2019.
The problem is this becomes the only time the majority of people think about how they’d like to improve and end up setting unrealistic goals for the following year. These slowly fizzle out after a couple months and end up being thrown to the side.
The key is to set one goal and really break down how you’re going to achieve it.
Think about what your life is going to be like with your resolution – is it something that’s ultimately going to help you become a better version of yourself? If so, then it’s probably worth the effort it’s going to take to stick with it.
This is a list of 21 New Years Resolutions that will help to improve your health and wellness over the coming year.
1. Cook At Home More Frequently
One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re eating a healthy balanced diet is to stop with the take-out and embrace home cooking. It takes some planning but a good way to start is to find a cooking book or a cooking blog that looks good and pick out a couple recipes to try every week.
2. 30 Minutes of Activity Every Day
If you don’t have a regular strength-training or workout practice then getting into one can sometimes feel intimidating. Instead of going all out January 1st set a goal of getting active for 30 minutes every day. This could be walking, swimming going for a bike ride or a strength routine.
3. Learn A New Language This Year
It’s never been more accessible to learn a new language. With tons of free language teaching apps (Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise) learning a new language is a great way to keep the mind young.
4. Handwrite Thank You Letters
Writing thank you letters is a lost art but if you’ve ever received one you know that it makes quite an impact. Head out to the store and pick up some nice stationery. Over the next year start sending out thank you letters to the host(s) of dinners, events, cabin trips, or just any time you want to appreciate someone for something they’ve done.
5. Get More Sleep
Sleep is pretty much the most important thing you can do for your general health and well-being. This year make it a priority to get 7-8 hours a night.
6. Say I Love You More
If you have a spouse, family or loved one in your life, make letting them know how much they mean to you a priority this year.
7. Start A Meditation Practice
The world is only getting busier and more connected. Take the time to start a meditation practice to slow down, disconnect from the outside and focus on just yourself and your thoughts. Just like learning a language there are plenty of apps that can help build a meditation practice, Calm and Headspace to name a couple.
8. Work On Your Flexibility and Mobility
Use it or lose it. Every year you don’t work on these two aspects your body becomes tighter and less mobile. That’s why it’s so important to work on these two attributes weekly, if not daily. Take 10 minutes out of your day, maybe first thing in the morning, and work on your range of motion.
9. Plan Your Vacation Days
If you’re living in the 9-5 than it’s important for your mental well-being to plan your vacation days as soon as possible. It’s so easy as the year goes on to keep pushing back a vacation. Spend some time before the year is done to plan out a time to take a break and recharge.
10. Start Journaling
Getting into a journaling practice can work wonders on your productivity and happiness. A good way to get into it is at night, write a couple of sentences of what went well that day and what could be improved. Then write the 3 most important things you want to get done for the next day. This will help to clear the mind and make it easier to get those 7-8 hours of sleep as well.
11. Read More
I think most people can agree they would like to read more. This year plan it out. Create a list of 12 books you want to read for the upcoming year and make it a priority to read them. If you struggle to find the time to read then sign up for audible and start listening to books on your commute, your run or when grabbing the mail. Those minutes will add up.
12. Bring A Lunch To Work
Not only will making your own lunches be a healthier option than eating out, but it will also help save you money as well.
13. Stop Hitting The Snooze Button
The snooze button does nothing for you. If anything, it makes you more tired. Time to get rid of it. A quick hack to get rid of this habit is when your alarm goes off, put your feet on the ground. This simple act is usually enough to get a person out of bed. (I was a chronic snoozer and this helped me to break a year-long snooze habit)
14. Make Your Bed
What seems like a simple act can work wonders on your mental state. Making your bed ensures that you did one thing that day that was in your control. Even if the day spirals out of control you can look back on that one simple act as an accomplishment.
15. Meal Prep On Sunday
So this can go hand in hand with cooking more home meals. Plan the meals you’re going to be having this week and head out to the grocery store with that ingredient list. It’s going to be much easier to stick to some healthy homemade meals if you have the ingredients at home.
16. Put The Screens Away 1 Hour Before Bed
Do you have trouble getting to sleep, or maybe the quality of sleep you’re getting sucks? One of the easiest things you can do to improve both of these problems is shutting down your television, computer or phone one hour before bed. The blue-light coming off of these devices is telling your brain that it’s time to be awake when really it should be winding down.
17. Volunteer More
Beyond the benefits to a community, research has shown that those who volunteer are happier. Find a cause you would like to support within your local community and make a point to devote some of your time to helping others in the new year.
18. Wear Sunscreen
Premature aging, wrinkles, and fine lines. That doesn’t sound good. There are plenty of good brands of skincare products that not only moisturize but contain sun protection.
19. Work On Your Posture
Does your neck hurt, maybe your back? A forward-leaning rounded posture leads to a whole host of chronic problems. Instead of your body slowly rolling up like a donut over time, start working on strengthening the muscles that promote good posture.
Check out some good exercises here -> Fix Your Posture
20. Try Some Activities Outside Your Comfort Zone
Unfortunately, the majority of people lose that sense of wonder and excitement that comes with doing something new as they get older. Make it a priority in 2019 to do some things you’ve had an interest in but keep putting off. Maybe it’s a cooking class, trying out a boxing class or picking up a new hobby.
21. Drink A Glass of Water First Thing In The Morning
Do you know you lose a pound of water by just breathing throughout the night? The best thing you can do for your body upon waking is grabbing a nice glass of water and rehydrate. Make it a habit every morning before that cup of coffee.
A New Years Resolution That Works For You
Setting a resolution for your health and wellness is great, but just remember it’s the implementation of your resolution that really counts. Keep with it, stick to it and remember why you made it in the first place. Doing this will ensure you’re looking back on 2019 proud of what you accomplished.
Do you have any resolutions already planned this year? We’d love to hear how your going to make 2019 your best year yet in the comments below.