It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we tend to reflect on the year went by and make plans for the next one.
The arrival of the New Year is the perfect time to spark some changes and make your 2020 an even better year.
It’s time to start making some resolutions and the list below is the perfect place to begin!
Spend More Time With Your Loved Ones
Getting caught up in the daily grind is easy.
We can get bogged down with trivial, mundane tasks and forget to make time for those who matter the most – our beloved friends and family.
Studies show that spending time with your closest ones is crucial to your wellbeing.
Strong social support is associated with mental and physical health.
Focus on important people in your life and make them a priority, no matter how hectic your schedule is.
Switch to a Healthier Diet
Instead of resorting to unhealthy crash diets, commit to changing a few eating habits for starters.
Do that by gradually cutting down on processed foods, eating one plant-based meal a day, and replacing starch with veggies. Include superfoods in your daily menu.
Learn to control emotional eating and stop turning to food for comfort and stress relief.
Stop Procrastination From Hurting Your Potential
Deciding to spend time relaxing and doing something fun instead of working hard might be the barrier keeping you from reaching your goals. Overcoming procrastination can be hard, but luckily there are many useful tips on how to kick-start new habits.
A simple 2-minute rule may help you organize your tasks better and get things done.
Start Putting Money Aside
The first step is to make a savings plan for the next year.
Having something you’re working towards is helpful. A new car or a dream vacation can help you build better saving habits.
Rewarding yourself for saving more from time to time is a great way to stick to your financial resolution.
Effective budgeting can be a lot easier with some reliable personal finance apps.
Travel and Experience Different Cultures
After you get your finances in order and save some money, you’ll be able to afford to travel the world and enjoy some of the most amazing experiences
If you are single or don’t have a travel buddy, do not despair.
The solo travel movement has been picking up steam for quite some time since traveling alone can be a rewarding experience.
Remember that good preparation is everything, especially if you are planning a solo hiking trip.
So, don’t hesitate to plan everything in advance and get out of your comfort zone.
Adopt Stress Management Techniques
Stress can have a detrimental effect on your health and relationships.
Although stress may be unavoidable due to our busy modern lifestyle, it can still be managed with the right techniques.
Invest time and effort to adopt stress-busting habits to relieve the pressure and regain control.
Have Regular Check-Ups
Take charge of your health.
Many people dread medical examinations, but monitoring your health should be your top priority. Regular check-ups can identify early signs of health issues when the chances for effective treatment are much better.
Visit your doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy.
Grow Your Network & Meet New People
Friendships have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.
Building a strong social circle takes stepping out of your comfort zone and connecting with others.
Make new social connections by joining a club or a hobby where you can meet people who share interests.
Signing up to volunteer for something you are passionate about is a great way to meet some awesome new people and acting for the greater good.
Cut Down on the Social Media &TV Time
According to a recent survey, watching TV was the activity that occupied 50% of all leisure time.
Make better use of the time you usually spend in front of the TV or scrolling social media.
Get outside and take a walk or use that time to learn new skills.
You’d be surprised how much be done during the day when you ditch the phone and watch less TV.
The Only Bad Workout Is the One That Didn’t Happen
Don’t succumb to the pressure to meet some unrealistic goals.
A healthy body should be your ultimate goal. Commit to working out and start with baby steps. Find ways to move around more throughout the day and avoid sitting all the time. Take a walk instead of getting in your car whenever you need to go somewhere.
Getting in shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has never been easier.
Health and fitness apps can help you stay motivated, track progress, and reach your goals.
Write a Gratitude Journal
To boost your mental strength make it a rule to write down three things you are grateful for every day. It only takes a few minutes and yet a regular gratitude practice can lower your stress levels and help you feel calmer, especially at night.
Journaling can put things into perspective and offer you a new way of looking at your life.
When you are feeling blue or disappointed, reading through your writings can help you remember all the good things you are blessed with.
For Every Minute Spent Organizing, an Hour Is Earned.
Learn how to become more organized.
Technology brought us countless benefits, so why not take advantage of them?
Use time management apps and tools and to create a schedule and stick to it.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough quality sleep – 8 hours to be more precise, is beneficial to your health.
Sleep boosts your immune system, helps your memory and weight management, and can even affect longevity.
It is enough to follow some simple steps to catch some zzz’s.
Find Time for Reading
Make reading books a habit since this is a great way to exercise your brain, reduce stress and gain knowledge.
You can join a book club or go to a book exchange party. Also, you can make a list of books you’ve always wanted to read and start checking them off one by one.
Tip: Take a book with you every time you leave the house since you never know when your phone will die or you’ll have to wait in a queue.
Every New Year is a fresh chapter in your life. Start filling out the pages by being kind to yourself and adopting healthy lifestyle habits.