There’s something about the New Year that really triggers us to strive for a fresh start. No matter how the previous year felt for you, New Year’s Resolutions can help you to look forward to the coming year and make the most of new opportunities.
Here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions that we’ve compiled:
1. Try new food once a week
Whether you prefer cooking at home or eating out at a restaurant (or both), it’s never a bad idea to expand your culinary palette. Eating a more diverse range of foods doesn’t mean you have to compromise on healthy meals either! So, why not try something new once a week and have fun! Avoid getting sucked into fad diets or completely cutting out your favourite foods – they’re your favourite for a reason! Having a variety can really spice things up – pun intended.
2. Do one nice thing for someone else every day
This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture! You could give a compliment, lend an ear, or even donate to charity. There are so many things you can do that could make someone’s day and put a smile on their face. A simple act of kindness can go a long way, as we never truly know what someone could be going through.
3. Financial wellbeing
Every penny counts, right? Saving money is a common resolution every year. However, it can actually be quite difficult as everyone’s financial circumstances vary -especially in the last couple of years! So, focus on personal budgets and what works for you – make a plan and stick to it as best as you can.
4. Spend time with yourself
As much as it’s important to spend time with our loved ones, it’s also equally as important to make time for ourselves. It can be incredibly refreshing! Enjoying your own company isn’t as easy as it seems for some people, but pushing yourself can really boost your confidence. Getting out of your comfort zone is healthy and this can work out well in the long run. So, go to the cinema by yourself, eat out alone or even take a short solo trip if you feel up to it.
5. Take better care of your health
The last couple of years have shown us just how important our health is – both mental and physical. There are so many ways to do this such as eating a more healthy and balanced diet, drinking more water, finding a physical activity you like and get moving regularly, being more mindful, improving your sleeping habits, taking vitamins, practicing self-care and so much more. Also, practicing self-care can mean different things for all of us, so choose what works best for you.
6. Write a journal
This may not appeal to everyone, but you really don’t have anything to lose by writing in a journal! You can just think of it as literally writing things down. Whether you want to write down a list of targets or goals, day-to-day thoughts, what you feel grateful for or even just using it as an outlet – a journal can benefit anyone.
7. Write a movie bucket list
This might not be the most “productive” New Year’s resolution, but who doesn’t like a good movie?! Create your own list of movies with a mixture of new films and renowned classics, and have a brilliant time getting away from it all and unwinding. This might not be the most “productive” New Year’s resolution, but who doesn’t like a good movie?! Create your own list of movies with a mixture of new films and renowned classics, and have a brilliant time getting away from it all and unwinding.
8. Read more
This is another common resolution and it’s still a pretty good one. This doesn’t mean you should aim to read a novel every single week – that can be quite difficult! However, it’s good to have some time away from our phone/laptop screens and get into some good old-fashioned reading. Even if it’s just 20 minutes a day – figure out what sort of books you’re most interested in, and away you go.
9. Learn a new skill or hobby
Because, why not? Whether that’s knitting, gardening, painting or playing an instrument – push yourself to learn something new that maybe you’ve wanted to do for a while. Learning a new skill or hobby can help us to have some downtime from our hectic schedules, or even help to progress in specific areas of our life. Or both!
Let’s be honest – a lot of New Year’s resolutions remain unfulfilled. This can be disheartening, especially when you look back and reflect. So, how about switching things up this year? Instead of “resolutions”, treat them as goals. That way you will actively be working towards achieving them, so you can push and motivate yourself along the way. You’ll feel a lot more focused and really good about yourself, especially when you tick them off your list!
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your New Year celebrations! What are your resolutions for 2022? Let us know in the comments below.