Small New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
Updated: Jan 20, 2021
New Year's resolutions can be hard to keep...but micro resolutions can be easy! Instead of putting all that pressure on yourself, maybe just try tiny changes that will improve your life! Smaller, easier tasks eventually end up with large results by the end of the year. For example, the typical "I'm going to lose weight this year" is not only vague but also a rather daunting task but "I am going to walk for 10 mins a day" is specific and easy to stick to. Here are a few more to keep you on track for 2021 and create positive change in your physical and mental health
1. Express Your Gratitude
Expressing your gratitude openly and often can boost your mood! Try saying thank you to at least one person a day. Or try making a "grateful list" before bed every night. By focusing on the things you are grateful for instead of the things you lack, your mood and thoughts will begin to shift.
2. Start a Journal
Starting a journal and writing a little down every day is a wonderful way to track your progress on any number of things... plus, it's fun to look back at the end of the year to really see how far you've come!
3. Be Kind to & Forgiving of Yourself
Try being just a little kinder to yourself. Forgive yourself when you mess up, take the extra long bath, sleep 10 minutes more if that's what you need...whatever being kinder to yourself looks like to you, do it and do it often.
Find a way to PLAY. As adults, we often forget the plain and simple joy of letting go of the ego and just enjoying the fun of life. Pay attention to the little things that make you smile. Appreciate the beauty around you. Enjoy the sand between your toes or the blades of grass on your feet.
5. Take the Long Way
Take the long way, you never know what or who you might discover off your usual path! Maybe take the stairs instead of the elevator or try new routes to work. Discovery is a magical thing.
6. Be Quiet
Start a meditation or affirmation ritual. This doesn't have to take more than 5 minutes of your day to have long-lasting effects on your mood.
7. Try One New Exercise a Day
Weight loss is at the top of many people's list. Instead of trying to "lose weight" why not start by just doing one new exercise a week? Then add them together....by the end of the year, you will have 52 exercises to combine and rotate, keeping the boredom away while staying physically fit.
8. Read More
Last on our micro resolution suggestions is to read more. You don't have to set a goal of X-number of books for the year, maybe just take a few minutes per day to read a few pages or an interesting article.
No matter how big or small your New Year's resolutions are, remember that it takes just a little effort towards your goals everyday to result in success. If you skip a day or two, it's OKAY! Just keep going!