According to U.S. News & World Report, the failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, and most people lose their resolve by mid-February. Did you know that? This New Year is looking particularly bright for 2021, knowing that we’ll be leaving 2020 behind. Let’s enter 2021 with some positivity, high hopes, and the desire to make the best version of ourselves. Explore these New Year’s resolution ideas and make 2021 a great year to remember.
Take baby steps
Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds by year’s end, commit to being more active today than you were yesterday. Depending on your level of fitness, this will look different for everyone. For example, if going from the couch to the kitchen during commercial breaks is the most exercise you normally get in a day then you’ll want to start with a walk around the block. The next day, you can add another few steps to your walk or do a few sit-ups. The goal here is to build up a new habit little by little until it becomes second nature. Forget 30 pounds for now start with 30 extra steps for a week and then build from there.
When you experience setbacks the worst thing you can do is spend unnecessary energy dwelling on them. Avoid beating yourself up for your perceived failures because it will not help you succeed. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on the proverbial horse. If it helps, you can even say “I forgive you” out loud to yourself.
How many times have you started a fitness program only to stop? Starting and stopping constantly will be a lot more difficult the second time around. When you’re trying to form a new habit, you gotta be consistent.
Celebrate the little things
Who says celebration only happens during birthdays? When you accomplish a goal even a small one be sure to give yourself a pat in the back. The Celebrate Centerpiece for Table is the perfect accessory to help you recognize your accomplishment, awesome win or a special day! Imagine how much sweeter the world would be if there was more celebrating?!
Remember why you started
When making a change for the better, it’s important for you to remember your “why”. If your goal, for example, is to lose weight, your list of “whys” may look something like this:
- To look awesome in that 2-piece bathing suit
- Have more energy to spend with your loved ones
- To cut back on medications
Start by taking little steps every day to make yourself healthier. Try an evening walk in your neighborhood. And you can start by swapping those French fries for sweet potatoes instead. Small improvements can become big improvements and suddenly your goal will creep up on you without realizing it.
Feed your mind
Start by reading a chapter a day and it might surprise you. If reading is not your thing why not listen to a podcast?
Drink more water
Drinking just one more glass than you usually drink a day can immensely help the inside and the outside of your body. Don’t like water? There are always ways to spice up the bland drink. Try putting some of your favorite fruits with it and give it a stir, this will not disappoint. Club soda?
Try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it. This resolution is such a wonderful one because it can turn into a domino effect. The people that you are nice to can go on to be nice to others and that will make the world we live in a better place.
Cut back on the soda
These sugary drinks are so bad for you that just reducing your usual intake by 1 drink per day can make a big difference in your body. Everyone wants to live a long happy life and that starts by taking care of your body, it’s the only one we get after all.
With so much going on in our own lives it can seem difficult to even think about someone else’s problems. A great resolution is to listen more to those around us. Try to be a better friend, spouse, or loved one simply by listening.
Sleep at the same time every night
Sleeping at the same time every night sets your brain on a schedule and can even help you fall asleep because you will be used to falling asleep at the same time every night. This can help you get the amount of sleep you need which helps you become more productive during the day.
Give yourself “me time”
Everyone gets stressed once in a while so make a New Year’s resolution to destress with a weekly relaxing break or day off. Having “me time” for a relaxing bubble bath, reading a book, exercise, a hobby, or even watching your favorite show or movie helps you decompress and stay even keeled.
Don’t take loved ones for granted
We go to work, come home, and tend to our own families but we forget how just how much a phone call once a week would mean to our parents, siblings or friends. They love us unconditionally and want to hear from us, so put a smile on a loved one’s face by calling to say hello. This is a sweet resolution that could brighten anyone’s day.
Get out of your comfort zone
Get out of your comfort zone by trying new things. Switch up your makeup routine or try a new restaurant you usually wouldn’t try otherwise. You can discover new things about yourself by doing this and it can open the door to new experiences in your life.
There’s no doubt it can be difficult to stick to a new resolution every year. Hopefully these tips give you a place to start. By making a small change in your life at first it may turn into something grand and by the end of the year have you feeling very accomplished. Are you ready to crush 2021 one day at a time? Yes you can!