We always take it upon ourselves to treat the New Year as a new lease on life—hence, everyone tends to write lofty and vague goals for their New Year’s Resolution such as "lose weight" or "travel more." While those all sound well and good, the lack of concrete solutions and even deadlines allow us to lose interest. And if you’re already feeling overwhelmed at the thought of these, you might not want to set your expectations so high. Instead, you may want to consider making a resolution that’s more realistic. Here are some suggestions:
1. Drink more water!
It’s exactly as Mimiyuuuh says. Dehydration, no matter how minor it is, can have subtle side effects that actually really affect your health. While it sounds like a no-brainer, make it a priority to drink more water every day. Hydrating also keeps your skin clear and fresh, FYI!
Realistic goals: Carry a water bottle at your desk every day at work. Drink full glasses of water alongside your meals.
2. Dedicate three days to the gym.
Everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions always say “I’m going to lose weight; start dieting.” Working out, especially as a lifestyle, is a marathon, not a race. If you’ve been formerly sedentary and want to work out in the gym regularly, seven days of exercise and pulling your muscle isn’t the most recommended—because you aren't used to that kind of strenuous activity.
Realistic goals: Limit your initial visits to the gym at three days. It’s regular enough to see results, while giving ample time to rest and recharge. Make your fitness plan more short-term and concrete, such as "I am planning to lose 10 kilos in N months."
3. Bring your own lunch box and utensils to work.
The no-plastic movement was big in 2019, and as this continues to go on and thrive, it would be a great new year’s resolution to bring your own reusable lunch box and utensils to work. By bringing your own lunch and reusable utensils, you are doing your part in your own small way to do something for the environment.
Realistic goal: Start with bringing your own tumbler for coffee and water and work your way up to replacing your daily single-use plastics.
4. Turn off your phone for one hour every day.
Rather than go on a social media hiatus (only to come back), you can schedule an hour every week to do nothing and turn off your phone for one hour. This me-time is probably the best thing you can do for your mental health, as well as the most impactful.
Realistic goal: Allot an hour-long activity to replace the time you’re not on your phone like meditating, attending a spin class, or reading.
5. Learn something new.
Most adult classes only come with a minimum fee, if not completely free. But even if you don’t go to class in person, there are several online courses people can take (like learning a new language) for free.
Realistic goal: Try a workshop at least once a month.