New Year’s Resolutions do not work. Completely overhauling your life at the stroke of midnight is not possible, because, while it may be a new year, you are the same person as you were yesterday. Saying you’ll lose weight or you’ll start going to the gym every day for an hour are not realistic resolutions. Not only are they not realistic, they also aren’t the right way to go about making your life better. If you want to be a “new you,” you need to hit all the marks, from your physical, mental, and emotional health. To feel accomplished, to feel fulfilled, to be happy, you need to follow these steps:
Look at Your Finances
One of the first things that you should do, regardless of your intended resolution, is to look at your finances. This means more than just checking your bank account. It means taking a hard look at what you purchase, and what you can cut out. Make a real savings goal this year, because one of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make is not having an emergency fund. As a bonus, evaluating what you spend and making a realistic budget per month can give you more money for bigger purchases, like a trip, or, eventually, a home of your own.
Clear Out Your Home
Once you have your budget set, it’s time to clear out your home. Whether it’s an apartment or a house doesn’t matter. What does matter is that your clutter is holding you back. So go through and clear it out. Not only will your home be automatically neater, you’ll also have room to grow forward, instead of being held back by your past. Nothing makes you feel like you’re getting a fresh start than reorganizing your items and letting go of things you don’t need.
Buy Only Healthy Foods
When you want to lose weight or become more fit, the first step you should take is to only buy healthy food. Having restraint when you are buying food is a lot easier than when you are hungry at home. Have only healthy options, and you will either have to settle for the quick, healthy snack of you will have to put more effort into making a delicious meal. Your diet is the first place you should look to, after all, when you want to improve your weight, your mood, and your health.
Make a Small Fitness Goal at a Time
Eating healthy (instead of dieting) is the first step. Fitness, however, is the second. Instead of saying you’ll go to the gym more often, make more realistic goals. For instance, that you will take the stairs at work, or you’ll walk to the next station which is a bit further away instead of the one that’s closest. It’s very, very difficult to start a serious regimen right off the bat. You need to first be more active.
Sign Up to a Class
If you want to feel more accomplished, you need to learn. Learning can be fun, and it can be essential to our mental health, so that’s why this year you should sign up for a class or two. Learn something you have always wanted to know how to do, and have fun. Not only will you learn, you’ll also meet new people, meaning you might just make new friends or a special someone while you are at it.
See What’s Happening in Your City
Though alone-time is important, getting out is also important. That’s why you should read up and see what is happening in your city. Attending these events and exhibitions are a great way to explore, meet new people, and get all the joys of travel without the expense. It’s how you can have fun on a regular basis. So, go and invite your friends to a gallery opening, or to a fun night out at one of these great Escape Rooms in Pittsburgh. Keeping life interesting important for happiness, so try to switch it up at least once a week.
Book a Trip
That being said, sometimes having a trip abroad can really make a year. That’s why you should be open with your dates and use price comparison apps and deals to find the best price. Having a great trip at an affordable price is the best of both worlds, meaning you can travel, and stick to your budget.
Start Building Good Habits
Good habits include your beauty routine. They include saying yes to social engagements. They include seeing more of your friends. Build these habits up slowly, because if you try to do them all at once, you can find that relapse happens often. Once you have good habits, you’ll find that your health, looks, and productivity are all working with you, instead of against you.
If You Fail, Try Again
If you do fail, don’t worry. It’s human nature to stick with old habits. That’s why you need to keep trying, again and again, until you finally rewire your brain. Once you make your new habits permanent, you can live the life you want with ease. Ask friends to keep you on track, or join a support group if you need the extra help.
Celebrate Your Victories
When you do complete a small goal, like adhering to your beauty routine for a week, or by eating healthy meals for a month, you should celebrate. Treat yourself in a way that keeps you going forward with your goals. For instance, with a ticket to a show.
You won’t ever change overnight, but you can change. Give yourself time to slowly adapt the changes you want to see in your life, and build from there. Know what you actually need, instead of what you want, and you’ll find that this year, and every year from here on out, will be yours. Feel great, be great, see more of your friends and make some new ones – these changes are big, but they are not insurmountable. Be consistent, and you’ll see every resolution you’ve ever had actually come true.