Small Resolutions and How To Keep Them
Lose 20 pounds. Follow through with a diet. Go to the gym X times a week. Stop letting people take advantage of me at work. Be more social.
Resolutions for the New Year are often similar each time, and end shortly after making them.
This year, I came up with a few small, attainable, life-changing resolutions:
- Be Kind(er). While I like to think of myself as a kind person, I may not be as kind as I should to everyone. Those co-workers that rub you the wrong way, people in the gym who you feel judged by, and especially people who have wronged you in the past. Be kind to them.
- Worry Less. Any worry-warts like me out there? I am constantly thinking about what bad things could happen in each and every situation. That causes for a life of stress and anxiety. I do believe that my life is perfectly planned out and that I am taken care of, so this is what I need to tell myself when I start to worry!
- Scroll Less. While Instagram is helpful to get inspiration and motivation, it can also be a very dark place that brings out your insecurities and negatively consumes your precious time. So, my resolution is to use my “scrolling time” to do something beneficial. Whether that’s going on a 10 minute walk or starting a new book or finishing one I started a year ago. Time. Is. Valuable.
- Treat my body better. Notice that I didn’t say “go on a diet” or “lose 20 pounds”. I have found that when I look at it in a way of treating my body better, I stick to it. When I eat bad, I feel bad. When I workout, I feel 10 times better. When I drink more water, my skin clears up. Do what makes your body feel better and YOU will feel better!
- Actually use that $20 planner I buy every year. Let’s face it, does anyone actually use there planner?! I am working on changing that this year because using my planner keeps me organized and my brain more at ease. One of the worst feelings is when you think you forgot an event or due date because you didn’t write it down! Write a few inspirational notes to yourself in the coming months, too.
Smaller resolutions are a little easier to maintain, but still just as prone to getting lost in the shuffle. So, here are...
3 WAYS TO HELP KEEP THOSE RESOLUTIONS ALL YEAR:
1. WRITE. THEM. DOWN.
2. Pick 1 or 2 mornings a week where you sit down with your coffee, your list of resolutions, and see how well you’ve followed your resolutions, what you can do differently the next week, and how it has affected your day-to-day life.
3. Find someone to keep you accountable. I know, you have heard this a thousand times throughout your life, but it does help. Ask your significant other or a good friend to ask how your resolutions are coming along and update them on your progress! Even better if you can get them to follow your resolutions, too.
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