A new year always holds the promise of new and endless possibilities. It’s like a fresh start where you can be anyone and do anything. And New Year resolutions just help solidify the commitments, goals, and promises that we intend to keep to ourselves and others in the upcoming year.
Things may be a little tough at the moment due to the Omicron variant, but as famous Youtuber doctor “Dr. Mike” says, “alert not anxious.” And so we shall bathe in the spirit of newness that will soon envelop us. And we can make a list of all the New Year resolutions without getting too ahead of ourselves.
Resolutions fail because, frankly, they’re too fantastical. Not just that, some (read many) of us are not that great with deadlines. So, rather than getting anxious about trying to meet them, we may end up throwing the resolutions out of the window.
A survey by YouGov showed that in 2020, only 12% of Brits made New Year’s resolutions, and only a quarter stuck to them. Now, only 19% plan to make resolutions for the New Year, in which eating healthier, saving money, and family time top the chart.
The key to keeping the resolutions is don’t try to overreach. Those that are too broad and vague are doomed to failure. Once you’ve decided on a resolution, make an outline of how exactly you’ll achieve it. In fact, make a checklist. There’s something extremely satisfying in checking something off. Before we digress even further, here are some New Year resolution ideas for you.
Discover A New Place
Let’s admit it, most of us have made travel plans that failed rather bitterly. Something always comes in the way, right? Well, this New Year, resolve to go somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be out of the country, but preferably out of the city, at least. That’s because you have no idea how travelling can change your perspective on life. The vastness of space will dilute all your worries.
But how to make sure that this won’t end up being just another idle musing? Well, first and foremost, this time, name the location where you plan to go. Take your time and do your research for this one. But once you have made a decision, just stick with it.
Next comes the “when” part. Take a calendar and jot down the exact date on which you’ll make the trip. Plan your itinerary and start saving money! To make sure that you have enough in your travel fund, you can always make sure to, for instance, set aside, say, 5% of your monthly income.
If the plan falls through, don’t get too disheartened. It’s not a failure of your New Year resolutions. The point is to discover a new place. It can be any destination where you haven’t been to before. That may even be a street or a coffee shop that you couldn’t or didn’t visit in the past. They can always bring along some pleasant surprises.
Find a New Hobby
You never know until you try, right? Many people hesitate to step out of their comfort zone. Accepting change can be troublesome for them. That’s okay. You should take things slow anyway, now that you’ve made it a part of your New Year resolution. First and foremost, think of the things that you can try out as a new hobby. The internet always comes in handy in such quests. Make a list.
You can try cooking, maybe not everything. Some people like baking more, but you’ll have to try things out to find out which things you like doing the most. YouTube is brimming with cooking channels and videos that can help you with this hobby.
Gardening is another hobby. It’s like a fresh break from all the walls that we surround ourselves with. You can set a goal like you’ll plant this many trees at these times in this month. Now, if you know nothing about gardening, there are so many apps out there that you can try, such as Planta, NatureID, Blossom, etc.
Meditation, yoga, fitness, painting, do-it-yourself activities, photography, makeup, collecting stamps or coins, writing, learning a new sport or instrument, the list is endless. You can learn new skills while having loads of fun at the same time. A new year is like a blank page. Don’t fill it up with dreams; write the stories that you have actually lived. Your New Year resolutions have to be about new things.
Don’t Be Afraid of Change
Alright, alright, this is a vague one. But that’s the point. Take a broad idea for the upcoming year and break it down into smaller goals. You might wonder exactly what kind of change we are talking about. No one likes getting fired, right? For this one, make a list of all the things that you’ve avoided for a long time.
The one example that comes to mind for this one is Rebel Wilson. The woman had become the icon for “funny, fat girl,” according to her. Consequently, when she decided to lose weight, her team resisted the idea, saying it would affect her brand image.
Now, she may have feared change, but the thing is that even after falling into a routine and not having anything change for some time, people end up unhappy. They can feel alone, anxious, and sad. Change is inevitable and flavourful. It is what fills life with different colours.
So, if you’ve been, let’s say, thinking of switching jobs, weigh the pros and cons and don’t be afraid to take the leap of faith. You want to dye your hair pink? Go for it! You’ve been thinking about getting cosmetic surgery or dental treatment? Well, start doing your research.
If you want to let go of a bad habit, it’s about time that you did. Finally doing something that scares you can be exhilarating. It is also the key to a more fulfilling life. So, add change to the New Year resolutions list.
Show Yourself Some Love
We are our harshest critics. It’s true, and it isn’t really healthy. When was the last time you looked into the mirror and appreciated yourself? A long time or, in some cases, never. However, to your New Year resolutions list add that you’ll be good to yourself.
When you put effort into looking good, make sure to give yourself a compliment. Give yourself a compliment even at your worst because you’re showing the strength to go through it. It’s not selfish to focus on your mental health.
You should know that you deserve to feel loved and valued. There’s nothing wrong with wanting what’s best for you. We all have bad times. You may hate yourself during those times. But deep down, it’s important to remember that you are important. Adopting these kinds of healthy habits will change your attitude for the better.
So, how exactly to go about it? You can try daily affirmations. Don’t underestimate the power of spoken words. Tell yourself that you’re good. Appreciate yourself for a job well done. Don’t keep comparing yourself with other people. Think about your accomplishments.
Also, give time to yourself and even talk to yourself if you like. And it’s always a good idea to take some time to pamper yourself. A trip to the spa during the holiday season can be very helpful sometimes. It’s the holiday season, why not start working on some of the New Year resolutions already?
Be Kind to Others
Not a lot of us are keen on doing that, being so defensive most of the time. However, your perception is what guides your worldview. If you think there’s goodness in the world, you’ll find it. And so it’s important that you’re open to accepting good in your life and appreciating it once you do find it. That you do so by showing kindness to others and that should become your New Year resolutions list this time.
How can you do that? Well, a lot of us are not good listeners. Do that, listen to what others have to say and show interest in what they’re saying. You have no idea how good it is to receive compliments. So, do that. Tell someone that they’re doing a good job or they look great, whatever it is.
Try to be more empathic of people’s circumstances and don’t just assume that they’re lying or trying to fool you. Be quick to help others rather than pass judgement on them. Say words like “please” and “thank you” because they really do go a long way. Don’t just try this new routine on strangers; it can also work quite well on your friends and family. This is a must-addition to all the New Year resolutions.
Keep Your New Year Resolutions In 2022!
New Year resolutions aren’t easy. They’re easier said than done, really. So, make sure they’re specific. That way, you can achieve them more easily. You don’t need to try to do it all like it’s a burden on your shoulders. If something slips past you, you can reschedule it so that you can try making it at another time.
One of the best things that you can do is write down all your New Year resolutions. Then stick them somewhere you can see them every day; it can be your refrigerator, cupboard, or mirror. This way, they will stay fresh in your mind.