New Year Resolutions That Will Actually Stick
By Heidi Baldwin, Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach
Are you ready for another year? The upcoming year is especially exciting because we're embarking on a journey into a brand-new decade! I'm sure you have your health and fitness goals already pegged and are ready to make a fresh start, but have you given any thought to resolutions for other areas of your life? Sometimes a change in focus can make all the difference when we want to create lasting change.
It seems SO commonplace for people to set unattainable goals for themselves that leave one feeling defeated and frustrated. I don’t know about you, but my goals seem to be the same year after year; they clearly aren’t attainable goals if I am looking for the same magical changes to happen once again when the new year rolls around! Let’s make a focused effort to not fall into this trap. Let's start this decade off the right way, by breaking out of our resolution rut and putting other things on our list that cover our sense of fun, pleasure, and work!
- Take a bucket-list trip
Stop saying "someday" about the trips you want to take. For 2020, pick a place off your bucket list and book the trip.
- Conquer a fear
Is there something that scares you? Maybe you fear heights, public speaking, or even spiders. Smash the spider, so to speak and tackle that great fear. It’s ok to take baby steps!
- Create a journal
Whether you have vivid dreams you want to recall, big ideas you want to bring to life, or you want to record your thoughts, DO IT. Taking your pen to paper is one of the best ways to kick off the new decade, plus you'll have fascinating mementos. First thing in the morning when you wake up is often the best time to do this – even before you get out of bed. Try to incorporate time for this in your routine and plan on setting that morning alarm clock accordingly so that you have time to do this for yourself.
- Enact a weekly meet-up with loved ones
Whether it's a family dinner night once a week with all the relatives or brunching with your friends, commit to a weekly gathering. It doesn't need to be extravagant. You could even plan a potluck picnic to make it a collaborative adventure. The important thing is to make time for each other rather than let another year fly by and say, "Wow, I haven't seen you since last New Year's Eve."
- Try out a new hobby
Have you always wanted to paint? Dance? Create your own garden? Go for it! Trying out new things makes us happier. Whatever it is that sparks your interest is worth pursuing. Pay attention to whatever has been pulling at your heartstrings lately.
- Aim to read more
The mind always needs to be kept sharp, and one of the best ways to do that is through reading. If you've been putting it off, try setting a goal to read a certain number of books per month. Joining a book club can help with this, plus you'll make some great new friends, too! You can also incorporate a set amount of time to read each day into your daily routine. Reading right before bed is a great option as it helps your mind to wind down from the busy day and gives you the much-needed time away from the blue light from your phone, computer, or the television. Avoiding blue light from these sources in the hours before you go to sleep is key to getting better rest.
- Explore new cuisine
Do you make the same things for dinner every week? Vow to shake things up a bit by exploring how to make the cuisine of other cultures. Whether you've always wanted to make Chinese dumplings, Indian curry, or even sushi, make it your resolution to try out a new type of recipe every week.
- Develop a new skill for work
Learning skills shouldn't end at college or when you first start your career. Keep going and incorporate new ways to bolster your career. Being able to always evolve with the changes to your industry can translate to a larger paycheck!
Combined with health and wellness resolutions, this list will have you looking forward to the good things coming your way in 2020!
What are you most excited about in 2020?
If you are needing some guidance in the area of your health goals, be sure to check out my 5-day winter cleanse which runs from January 20 – 24, 2020: