Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.
New Year's Resolution Ideas
The new year is almost upon us. I love this time of year. It's a fresh start; 365 days of opportunities just waiting to be seized. Truth be told, I try to bring this same energy to each new week, too—I'm a firm believer in not waiting until New Year's to start a new goal. Why wait? However, I enjoy the invigoration of it all.
The most common resolution people set surrounds weight loss, of course. It's a big cash grab for gyms and supplement companies. Promises upon promises of quick fixes and transformations.
But for those of us who have already achieved our fitness goals, are actively working toward them, or for those who have no interest in anything fitness, what kinds of resolutions should we set? Well, there are plenty! It used to be "the sky's the limit," but at this point, we have rovers on Mars and satellites exploring the known universe.
Below I'm sharing some ideas for resolutions worth setting in the next year.
Let's get started!
1. Establish a Skincare Routine
Having a good skincare routine is essential, especially as you get older. Both men and women should take care of their skin, but it goes beyond removing your makeup before heading to bed. Although if that's a problem for you, making this your resolution in the new year will certainly help.
Keeping your face clean will help prevent blemishes and breakouts. Use products for your skin type for the best results, and don't forget about sunscreen! You don't need a lot of fancy or super expensive products, either. Many drug store finds work wonders.
One of the best decisions I ever made was visiting a dermatologist. If that's something available to you, I highly recommend it!
2. Read More
When I was little, my nose was always in a book. I loved reading from an early age, but it's harder to find the time when you're an adult. If you choose this as your resolution, think about how much time you have or can make before deciding on how many total books you'd like to read.
My Tips to Read More as an Adult
- I read every night before bed. It helps me unwind and is honestly the only time I have to read. I give myself a half-hour to an hour.
- I use the OverDrive App to check out books from my library right on my phone. I have two library cards that work and give me access to various titles.
3. Kick a Bad Habit
A good portion of us has at least one bad habit. Maybe this is the year we turn it around. Perhaps you want to stop smoking, quit using other tobacco products, or just stop drinking soda.
Remember that you didn't develop this habit overnight, no matter what it is. It might be challenging to kick it for good. Do some research, chat with your doctor if necessary, and give yourself some grace. You can do it!
Meditation has numerous benefits, which I think everyone should practice. Learning how to be still, quiet, and sit with yourself is valuable in our world of constant stimulation. If this is your resolution, start small. Search for an app or put on a YouTube video for a guided session. As you get more comfortable, extend your sessions and reap the benefits of clarity and a more focused mind.
5. Practice Daily Gratitude
Gratitude is a topic I'm extremely passionate about. I'm not exaggerating when I say it has profoundly impacted my life. A daily gratitude practice is powerful. It helps you have a better mindset and attitude, gives you perspective, and can help you get through the more challenging times in life. I take a few moments each morning and every evening to think about the things I'm most thankful for.
This is a great place to start. You can write it down or just make a mental note. If this is your resolution, I highly recommend reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. It's a great jumping-off point and will help you start a gratitude habit in 28 days.
6. Do a Social Media Cleanse
This is another idea that I think everyone can benefit from. Start by going through your social media accounts. Delete them if you'd like, but I think a more practical approach is by looking at who you are following or subscribed to. Get rid of anyone who doesn't inspire you or add value to your life. Moving forward into the year, be sure to only follow or subscribe to accounts that do.
Social media gets a bad rap, but I think it's all in how you use it. Following the simple steps above can make the experience more enjoyable and worth your time.