Realistic New Years Resolutions That DON’T Entail A Gym Membership!
Here’s To a New Year and a NEW YOU!
Every year I make the longest most ridiculous new years resolutions and then a couple of weeks later- I give up.
This year, I don’t want to make the same empty promises to myself. Yes I want to workout and go to the gym more often, but this year I want to focus on fixing myself from the inside out. I want to learn to enjoy life and love myself.
Here are a few realistic New Years Resolutions that may be small little changes in your day, but it will make a big difference!
Wake up earlier.
Get ahead of the day and be proactive not reactive! It may not seem like a lot but if you set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier every day, you can have that cup of coffee at home instead of in the car. Don’t set yourself up for failure and say you’re going to wake up at 5 am everyday and hit the gym before the sun goes up – be honest with yourself. When waking up 30 minutes earlier becomes a habit, aim for an hour earlier. There’s no better feeling than looking down at your watch and knowing you walked the dog, did a load of laundry, and enjoyed a cup of coffee instead of racing through the door without a second to spare.
Limit your coffee
Speaking of coffee…I go to Starbucks almost every day, so trust me, I know this one might be a hard one. I’m not saying cut coffee out all together- start slow. Make Starbucks a treat instead of a routine and drink more green tea and water.
Have you ever looked through your bank account and became kind of appalled at yourself for all the money you spent on coffee and chipotle? It really does add up!
Make your bed every day.
I don’t know what it is, but whenever I start off the day by making my bed I feel like everything’s in order. Not to mention, getting in a nicely made bed after a long day feels so satisfying.
Wear your hair down more often.
Maybe this won’t apply to you, but I almost always have my hair up in a ponytail or messy bun-it’s a habit at this point. But I found that when I have my hair down, even if I didn’t curl, straighten, or do something fancy with my hair- I feel more feminine. I feel confident. I feel pretty. What better resolution is there than to slowly regain confidence in how you look? I am making it my resolution to wear my hair down at least three times a week.
Don’t make some drastic change like you’re suddenly going to stop eating anything with carbs. Bring your lunch to work, switch out that unhealthy snack for a piece of fruit, send more time planning you grocery list instead of picking up what looks good.
Look Good Feel Good
I am a huge believer in the moto that if you look good you feel good. 80% of the time I’ll throw on a t-shirt, tennis shoes and leggings with my hair in a pony tail and call it a day. But when I even put the slightest effort in the morning and put on a cute outfit instead- I have this whole different outlook on the day. You know that jewelry box you have with lots of pretty earrings that you never seem to wear because you wear the same earrings most of the time? Switch it up! Put your jewelry on, try different looks, have fun. Those really expensive shoes in your closet that deep down you know you’ve never worn and could have lived without? WEAR THEM.
Less Blue Light
A few weeks ago, I was walking Riley on a trail completely glued to my phone- pretty sure I was scrolling through Instagram. And the only reason I looked up was because I was about to trip over Riley when she stopped suddenly and then I saw it. She stopped in the middle of the trail and sat down to intently watch as an entire family of deer ran in front of us. By the time I saw what she was looking at, they were almost all gone and I had this weird-annoying-guilty feeling as she looked up at me. I’m completely missing the simple pleasures in life. So I put my phone away for the rest of the walk and I just kept thinking about it, as if an obvious lightbulb just flickered on.
Our society has become obsessed about living in a cyber world. Take a look around you the next time you’re in public. Hell even driving, look at what other drivers are doing. Everyone is on their phone, constantly. How many times have you asked your significant other something and you had to repeat your question twice because they weren’t paying attention?
Put your phone down more often and learn to live in the moment again. Be present. It’s pretty much impossible to live without your phone nowadays, but just an effort to put your phone away more often will make such a huge impact when you realize how you miss out on.
Any other good resolution ideas? Let me know and leave a comment!