The ball has dropped, the champagne has been sipped, confetti has been thrown, and tah-dah, we’re suddenly in a brand new decade. To some, this may not seem like a big deal at all – Nothing particularly interesting about making another revolution around the sun (relatively) unscathed – But to others, a new year (much less a new decade) brings with it many hopes and goals for the next 365 days, and opportunity to get closer to their aspirations.
If you’re one of those people who wants to set a goal or two for themselves in 2020, but unsure on where to start, or what even to do when it comes to setting a goal, don’t be too hard on yourself, there are plenty of others in your shoes this week. Here’s a few New Year’s Resolutions to spark some ideas.
One of the most common resolutions out there, many people make it a priority to get into better shape throughout the upcoming year. Gyms across the world face an influx of new members, and a spike in previously dormant current members. So, if you’re trying to improve your physique this year but not ready to face the throngs of people at the gym just yet, try looking up some at-home workouts or start easy by going for a 30 minute walk every day.
Healthy Eating & Cooking
Physical fitness is only the first part of a healthy lifestyle. We often forget it’s essential to also consume healthy foods in order to reach peak mental and physical performance. Whether we’re young or old, some of us just aren’t about some of these foods. To remedy this, try going to your local bookstore (or even check out the online store on your tablet!) and browse healthy recipe cookbooks until you find one that feels right for you. There’s also nothing wrong with adding a little THC or CBD spin to your food if you feel like taking your recipes to a higher level.
Budgeting & Money Management
“More money, problems!” as the saying goes… This isn’t always the case, but money can definitely seem like the root of all evil when we’re not careful with our spending habits. We all know the amazing feeling that comes with pay day, and some of us are a little more frivolous with our paycheck, resulting in the sinking feeling when we look at our bank statement just days after the money has come in. Start by sitting down and writing down your budget and how you intend to save your money. Don’t forget to use financial apps like Mint and YNAB (You Need a Budget) if you’re worried about sticking to your guns.
Fantasy, sci-fi, history, or even the mind-bending subject of politics; no matter how hectic our days get, there’s always a little time to set aside for reading, whether we choose to believe that or not. How easily we forget the pleasure that comes with sitting in silence at the end of a long day and getting lost in a good book. Knowledge is power, after all, and dedicating a small amount of time each day or each week will always lead us down a new path towards information we didn’t know we wanted or needed!
Mental & Emotional Health
All too often we forget to check in with ourselves. Life moves fast, and sometimes makes it extremely difficult to keep track of how we are feeling about ourselves and the world around us. It’s common occurrence for many of us to not realize how little attention our minds have been getting until it’s too late, and we’re suddenly trapped in a rut and desperately trying to pull ourselves out. It can seem daunting, and even like an extra chore to work on yourself, but it doesn’t always have to be elaborate. Self care can take the form of a hot bubble bath at the end of the day (or beginning!), treating yourself to your favorite restaurant, or even simply listening to some music when you’re feeling stressed. Make it a goal to pay more attention to yourself, and improve your relationship with your own mind.
A new year always brings excitement, hope, and plenty of opportunity to build upon the previous year’s wins and losses. As the dust settles after the celebrations, it’s now up to us to make these goals a reality. No matter what your resolution is, and no matter when you intend to start it throughout the year, the key piece is to remain consistent and confident in your ability to accomplish what you want.