Christmas and New Year brings tremendous joy that we can share with our family and friends. Actually the holidays and the idea of spending time with near and dear ones is the key to that tremendous joy.
It’s that time of year also where we want to pause and think about how we want to step in the new year. Many of us retrospect and check the life choices that were made for the gone year. Which of them turned out to be best for us and which didn’t.
New year resolutions are a perfect way to sit and write down the important life changes that you need to make with the coming year.
As a help/inspiration here is a list of possible New Year Resolutions that are most common. I have compiled a list with few useful links to articles which can provide you with the information and help to follow through with your resolution and not abandon it midway.
For Americans losing weight is one of the top resolution. Infact most of the people wish to exercise more and stay fit. The only obstacle is to find and start an exercise regime and diet program that works for them. Trick is to find an easy solution with which you can stick for a long time easily. To know more about weight loss click here.
2. Move to healthier choices in life:
Specially with food we are more inclined towards tasty, attractive and ready made options. Here is an article to inspire you and discusses Japanese secrets for low obesity and long life expectancy.
I am sure it will inspire you to focus on your meals and change the way you perceive food.
3. Stop procrastinating:
Do you delay or postpone tasks for the next day, then end up delaying the next day too. The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once procrastinating is a part of your life it’s difficult to get yourself out of it. To kick this bad habit check out this useful article by Mindtools.
4. Meet new people:
An emotionally and socially fulfilling life is a life well lived. Go out and make new friends.
5. Lead a more active life:
Small changes in your daily routine could lead you in a big way towards a healthy life.
It’s Easy!! Walking is the simplest way to start and continue to a healthier you. It costs nothing and can be done easily. A 30 minute walk every day improves your heart health. You can walk to office, grocery store, after dinner in a park. You can also try for increasing physical activity wherever you may be. You can do exercise with other activities, such as watching TV.
Do housework yourself such as cleaning and gardening instead of hiring someone. Saves money as well. Many of us have sedentary jobs, and we spend a significant part of our day in offices at desk. What can be done to increase your physical activity in such a case?Stand/Walk while talking on the telephone. Brainstorm ideas with a coworker while taking a walk.
Walk down the hall to speak with someone rather than using the telephone/chat apps.
Instead of elevators take the stairs. Get off a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way to start.
6. Become more confident and take some chances:
A confident person is noticed by all and it is much easier to ask people out on dates and get ahead at work. A good amount of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall.
7. Reduce stress:
Stress is one of the biggest killers out there, and it can have a very destructive effect on your life and health. Try and find some Zen Habits(like Yoga and meditation) which can fit in Your modern and hectic lifestyles to manage your stress levels.
8. Learn to be happier:
It takes time and patience to learn how to find joy in the little things in life. Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of Joy. Let go of the past. Smile more.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
You will never be able to please everyone. Not everyone will like you. You won’t like everyone you meet. That’s perfectly fine too.
9. Get more quality sleep:
Sleep is essential for our body. With all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it’s hard to get enough sleep. You should aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
10. Reduce TV time:
A lot of productive time is wasted in front of the TV, that time could have been better spent developing and learning new skills. Remove/limit TV time and see how much free time you have for betterment of your life.
11. Read more often:
Reading is a wonderful hobby and an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge. It’s also a great exercise for your brain.
12. Start saving:
Keeping aside a small portion of your earnings should be one of your topmost resolution. Once you have your debt under control, you should start putting some money aside. A rainy day fund and some extra money can bring you the peace of mind and future security.
13. Pick up useful skills or hobbies:
Learn a new language or get started with much thought about DIY. It’s a constructive use of your free time and you may pick up new skills on the way which might be handy in future.
14. Move towards an organized life:
Get some organizational skills. De-clutter your home, mind and life.
15. Learn to cook:
Cooking your own food occasionally will not only improve your health but will also save you some bucks.
16. Reduce time on social media:
Social detox is the way to go in holiday season. Spend Quality time with your near and dear ones.
17. Start writing a book/journal:
You’d be surprised to know that everyone has an interesting story to tell about their life. It does not matter if you are a professional writer or amateur, you shouldn’t be afraid to give writing a go.
18. Stop being late:
Punctuality is a trait that is respected in our society. Being on time makes you a true professional and a dependable person. so it is a good idea to be on time and earn that respect.
19. Increase your creative skills:
When we get mentally exhausted and our creativity just disappears. This is particularly bad if your profession depends on you to come up with new ideas and creative efforts regularly.
20. Healthy habits should be continued for long lasting effects:
Last but not the least, stick to the above healthy habits that you have developed for long term to see positive results. Make them permanent in your life and this is true self improvement.