You probably have a few wonderful New Year’s resolutions you’d like to commit to in order to better yourself. However, the reality is that you, and most other Americans, will probably fail by February—and that’s not necessarily your fault. It’s because most people set too unrealistic or too many resolutions. Try one of these goals instead.
6 Reasonable New Year’s Resolutions for 2018
1. Lose Five Pounds
Physical fitness-related New Year’s resolutions are the most popular among Americans, ranging from specifically losing weight or more generally going to the gym on a regular basis. The issue is, most people want to lose 20 pounds in two months or go to the gym every single day before work, even though they’ve been a couch potato for the last year (or years).
Start with the small goal of losing five pounds in two months. Dramatically cutting your daily calories and spending hours in the gym (when your body isn’t used to it yet) is just setting yourself up for failure. Try taking it slow instead.
2. Learn a New Skill
There are numerous reasons to learn a new skill, whether it’s to speak a foreign language, cook, play an instrument or anything in between.
Studies have shown that studying something new actually changes your brain chemistry, making it easier for you to learn in the future and improving your overall mental function.
3. Volunteer for a Good Cause
Charitable, volunteer work is great for both your community and your overall well-being. Volunteering is excellent for stress reduction, lower blood pressure and even longer life expectancy.
Services like Catachafire match your specific skills (like graphic design or accounting) to worthy projects in your area, but, of course, volunteer work at a local soup kitchen or afterschool program is always an option.
Again, start off small. Don’t anticipate dedicating all of your free time to volunteer work, or you’ll burn out quickly. Instead, aim to help out once a week or even once a month.
4. Call your Family more Often
Between work and other obligations, we at Elements of Rockville Centre understand as well as anyone that most people have rather chaotic lives. However, mom, dad and all the other family members who supported you while you worked to get to where you are today deserve to hear from your every now and then.
Make it a point to call someone from your family once a week, even if it’s just a five minute chat. They’ll truly appreciate it, and you’ll grow to enjoy it.
5. Be more Mindful of your Emotions and Behaviors
Many New Year’s resolution lists will tell you to simply “maintain a positive mindset” or something similar. Of course, that’s way easier said than done.
You’re going to feel sadness, anger, happiness, anxiety and just about every other human emotion in 2018. Be aware of how each feeling makes you behave. If you’re unhappy with the way you act after you feel a certain emotion, focus instead on changing your behavior for the better.
6. Practice some Self-Care
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is finally coming to an end. Now is the time to work self-care practices into your daily routine. Whether it’s putting down electronic devices for a few hours each day or getting a monthly massage, give yourself the care you deserve in the New Year.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018?