On average, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Why? Because most people set unrealistic expectations for themselves (like “get a six pack”) and essentially set themselves up for failure. But, hope is not lost. Here are some realistic and achievable New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to this year.
Read “x” number of books
Choose a specific number of books you’d like to finish reading by the end of the year – for non-readers it can be just one book or for bookworms it can be upwards of twenty. When you stop scrolling through your phone and take a second to read a few pages of something you enjoy, you’d be surprised how much you can benefit.
Make your bed every morning
While it may seem like a small thing to do, it’s a good habit to develop and it starts your day off on a good foot. Your space will also look cleaner and more put together and as a result, it can make you more productive.
Cook dinner at least once a week
Quarantine has caused many people to become more adventurous in the kitchen. Keep up the good work and commit to cooking dinner at least once a week. You’ll save money and potentially find a new hobby you enjoy.
Donate or volunteer once a month
Find a charity or non-profit organization that serves to target a need you are passionate about and donate your time or money to them at least once a month. Not only will you benefit others but you also will boost your overall happiness just knowing that you’re making a difference.
Meditate once a week
The benefits of meditation cannot be overstated. Studies have shown how meditation can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and combat chronic pain and depression – just to name a few. Dedicate just one day a week to meditate and see how your mind and body can benefit immensely.
Create and stick to a monthly budget
While so many people have been hit hard financially during the course of the past year, quarantine has prevented a lot of people from spending money. You can save even more money by analyzing your current expenditures and setting up a monthly budget for you and your family to abide by.