As hard as it is to believe, 2018 is nearly at a close with less than two months in the year and you’re probably starting to think of all the things you want to accomplish in 2019.
Whenever a new year comes around it can cause reflection on all the things you did in that year and all the things you want to make sure you do in the upcoming year.
New Year’s resolutions can be hard because most of the time it can seem like you put in all this effort to make them happen but next thing you know it’s June and more than half (or almost all) of those goals haven’t been accomplished.
But part of having smart goals, whether they are for the New Year or whenever, is to make sure that they are realistic and achievable.
Here are five ideas for resolutions that are both realistic and achievable and can have you feeling proud of actually keeping the promises you made to yourself and others.
Say yes more
This is a resolution that can be easily achieved even starting the very first day of the New Year.
It can be easy to get in the habit of saying no or passing up opportunities because we are afraid or don’t want to mess with the status quo.
But life is about taking risks and trying new things so instead of saying no or thinking “maybe later,” when an opportunity presents it, say yes and try it.
Maybe it’s something you will never do again, but at least you know you tried it and you will be proud of yourself for doing it.
One veggie at a time
Instead of being too general with your resolution of “eating healthier” and setting yourself up to not follow through, try adding one new veggie to every meal that you eat.
When you start off simple and small you will find yourself adding more and more veggies and fruits, and before you know it you will be eating “healthy,” and it all started with one simple carrot.
Make your physical well-being a priority
Most of us find that we can look back and realize it’s been quite some time since we’ve had a physical from our doctor, dental visit, or eye exam.
It’s not enough to want to just “be healthy” in the New Year, you have to make sure everything is actually going ok with your physical health by going to see people who can look for things you may not be seeing or noticing.
You can even schedule an appointment right now to have ready for you in the New Year! Just call your local dentist like Grove City Dental.
Preventative medicine is always the best medicine.
Get off the screens
Screen time takes up a lot of people’s time nowadays, and sometimes we don’t really realize just how much.
In the New Year you can monitor that time just to see how much, and luckily there are some pretty easy ways to do it. Even most smartphones now have a way to keep track of it and see what your daily and weekly usage looks like.
Once you find how much that time is, slowly cut it down by small increments of time.
Studies have shown that watching too much TV or spending multiple hours in front of a computer can actually shorten your life, so lessening your screen time can actually increase your life.
Go somewhere new
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to visit some exotic, foreign place, unless you have the means and the time to do so and in that case go ahead!
But if you need to start out small do it by going to a new restaurant, or exploring a new part of town, or driving to a nearby city you’ve never been to.