It seems like every year we are making the same resolutions, just to sweep them under the rug come February 1. We believe that this is your year to follow through with all of those resolutions, so we are here to help make that process easier. For every “I want to work out more,” “I want to read more,” or “I want to be more present,” we have actionable, measurable, and attainable steps you can take to be sure you reach your goals.
"I want to eat healthier"
This can be a triggering, complicated, and difficult goal for many people. We are not professionals in this topic, so if you are struggling with any sort of eating disorder or are unhappy with your relationship with food in any way, seek professional help. There is no shame in it!
The most important thing to consider when hoping to eat healthier is what makes you feel the best. Here are some ideas that you may choose to implement when trying to improve your eating habits.
- Wash all of your fruits and vegetables as soon as you bring them home from the store. Cut up any fruits or vegetables and put them in containers if that makes it easier for you to eat them. It’s easy to eat junk food when it is the most accessible, but that usually results in an upset stomach. Make healthy snacks more accessible than unhealthy snacks.
- Don’t cut out any of your favorite foods if they are important to you. Restricting the foods you love could result in unnecessary guilt when you indulge in them. Remember that healthy eating is more about moderation than restriction.
- Food is to enjoy! It is meant to fuel your body. Try not to tie guilt into it.
"I want to work out more"
The most important thing to nail down when making a goal to work out more is measurable action items. The appropriate, ideal amount of exercise will vary for everyone, but here are some questions to ask yourself to get you started on a more measurable goal:
- How many days a week will I realistically be able to work out?
- How long will I work out each time I go?
- Where will I work out? A gym, at home, outdoors?
- What will I do to work out? Cardio, sports, weightlifting?
Try to find an activity that you truly enjoy doing that is also exercise. Not everyone is going to love running on a treadmill, so find something that works best for you! If you love working out, it’ll be much easier for you to do it.
Be sure to be realistic in your exercise goals. You will be more likely to continue pursuing exercise if you feel like you are achieving what you set out to!
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"I want to start journaling"
Journaling, like many goals, requires firm dedication and unwavering commitment. To successfully journal, you must set a time and be inflexible in keeping to it. When you allow yourself to miss your journaling time, it becomes less of a requirement and more of an option. Consistent journaling for a month or two will create a habit that is harder to break. Missing a day journaling after the first couple of days is much more detrimental than missing a day after months of consistency.
"I want to be more present with friends + family"
Although broad, many people desire to be more mentally present when spending time with loved ones. When trying to be more mindful with friends and family, the first obstacle to overcome is identifying what is holding you back from being in the present moment. Below are a list of things that may be preventing you from being mindful with loved ones along with solutions to close the distance.
- Your phone:
- The constant pull of social media is likely the most prominent cause of separation during meaningful get-togethers. If this is the case for you, try leaving your phone on a counter out of immediate reach, turning it on do not disturb or airplane mode, or turning off the notifications on your social media apps.
- Unfinished chores:
- If an unmade bed, those dirty dishes, or the need to go grocery shopping is taking away from your enjoyment with loved ones, then it’s time to prioritize those chores before heading to a get-together. In reality, it is not always possible to leave the house perfectly clean, so setting a future time to attend to those unfinished chores will make you feel more confident and present in the moment.
- Work obligations:
- It is hard for some to turn off their work and focus on their personal lives. The process for being present after work hours will vary for everyone, but the best advice is to turn off work notifications and complete all of the tasks to the best of your ability. Realize that unless an obligation is an emergency, that it can wait until you are ready to address it.
"I want to be more mindful with my spending"
Again, every financial situation is different, and it is incredibly difficult to give any sound financial advice. There are some simple practices you may consider helpful and they are listed below.
- Determine a set amount of money of each paycheck to set aside into savings.
- Recognize your priorities and set aside money to reach those goals.
- Take your spending seriously! Try to limit impulsive purchases, especially large ones.
In the end, your spending and finances are in your control. This is your year!
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