New Year’s resolution ideas for 2017

Many people like to challenge themselves each year with New Year’s resolutions with the intention of becoming a new, better person. However, many people make too many New Year’s resolutions or make them too unrealistic, which is why they are often broken. So today, I bring to you 20 realistic and achievable New Year’s resolutions. Some are more challenging than others but it you set just a few as your goals, you will have a healthier, simpler and more fulfilling 2017.

  1. Practice yoga. Doing yoga for just 30 minutes each day is a great way to become healthier and more relaxed.
  1. Practice meditation. Mediation is such a good way to clear your mind and de-stress, and is also great for your mental health. If you meditate for even as little as a few minutes each day, you will soon see improvements.
  1. Floss your teeth daily. Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile?
  1. Consume 2-3 litres of water each day. You need to replace all the water that you lose throughout the day so that you stay healthy and hydrated. Remember that water from food counts towards your daily intake of water.
  1. Become vegan/vegetarian. If you care about animals and the environment then cutting out animal products is the perfect way to reduce animal cruelty and help the environment.
  1. Buy more local produce. Support your local farmers, reduce your carbon foot and minimise your damage to the environment.
  1. Reuse plastic bags (and stop buying new ones). Become more conscious of the waste you’re producing and take another step towards doing your bit for the environment.
  1. Stop drinking alcohol. Your body will thank you.
  1. Stop drinking fizzy drinks. They’re just empty calories. Too much sugar can cause weight gain, which leads to other health problems and it can also cause tooth decay.
  1. Cut out refined sugar completely.
  1. Eat more homemade meals. Cutting out processed food entirely would be even better. Eating clean will make you feel much healthier and so good about yourself.
  1. Wake up early. This will give you an extra few hours in the day where you can be productive and spend some time on you.
  1. Learn a new skill. This could be photography or cooking or even a new language. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to learn a new skill; all the information you need is on the Internet.
  1. Learn to play an instrument. It’s never too late to start. What instrument have you always wanted to play? Get some lessons, or teach yourself using the Internet.
  1. Make a wish list. Stop impulse buying and, instead, put things that you want on your wish list. Then, after a week or a month, check your wish list to see if you actually want what you’ve put on it.
  1. Set yourself goals. Instead of just having something that you want to accomplish throughout the year, set yourself weekly or monthly goals. These could be simple, such as doing your washing for the week, or perhaps you want to challenge yourself with a larger project, such as redecorating a room.
  1. Read. Pick up a book and start reading. Let yourself clear your mind and forget about your worries, while you immerse yourself in the story.
  1. Write. Write a book, blog posts or journal entries. Express your creativity though writing.
  1. Shop more at charity shops. It’s much more affordable. It’s more ethical, since you’re not supporting companies that exploit workers and use sweatshop labour. It’s better for the environment, since you’re recycling and reducing manufacturing demands. And, overall, you’re supporting a charity.
  1. Spend more time with your family. With our busy lifestyles, we often forget to make time for those important to us. Give your mum a call, your brother a text; they’ll appreciate it.

I wish you all the best for the New Year. Have fun, be happy and make a difference!


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