If you’re anything like me (and probably most of the world’s population), you’re ready to leave 2020 in the past and make 2021 a year of healing, growth, and happiness. Sometimes, New Year’s Resolutions are cheesy and unattainable, but we’ve made a list of 13 New Year’s Resolutions that we can actually get behind.
1. Reach out to friends
In a world that should be more connected than ever, 2020 has isolated so many of us. Across the world, people have been encouraged to stay inside, and honestly, I miss my friends! If you're able to, go see your friends in person, but even if you can't, there is no excuse to not follow through on this one with the technology that we have today.
2. Be active in some way every day
Here’s why we can get behind this: I didn’t say “work out” or “go to the gym” every day. Just be active! Go for a 10 minute walk outside, dance along to a YouTube zumba video, or if it’s your thing, hit the gym!
3. Serve others
If you can find a service project to be a part of, great! Otherwise, start by looking for ways to serve those around you. Take someone cookies who you know is feeling down. Edit your little sister’s English paper. Donate food or clothes (or your time) to a local donation center. Service will have a positive impact on you AND the people you're helping.
4. Seek out new experiences
In 2021, I want to try new things, even if they’re scary or hard. I want to visit new places, eat new foods that seem weird, meet new people, and try a new hobby or two. Seeking out new experiences will help you grow, and quite honestly, help you become a more interesting person.
5. Be more grateful
It’s scientifically proven that being grateful makes you happier. Every morning and every night, write down three things that you’re grateful for. Become a pro by looking for little things and finding things to be grateful for in difficult or unpleasant situations.
6. Be constantly learning something new
Again, with the technology that we have at our fingertips combined with classic learning tools (ever heard of books?), we have so many opportunities to learn each and every day. My personal fave? An Apple Watch app that gives you a new vocabulary word and definition whenever you open it. It’s quite “salubrious” (learned that one today, comment below if I used it incorrectly😜).
7. Create a daily routine (...and actually do it)
I’m GREAT at planning a routine…but then three days later, I realize I haven’t stuck to the routine I planned out. Choose things that are important to you, then figure out how you can make time for them. Whether that’s your skincare routine, reading scriptures or praying every night, going to the gym, or anything else. If you make your schedule around those things, it’ll be a lot easier to get them done, plus you’ll feel more in control of your day.
8. Go outside for at least 10 minutes every day
If you’re somewhere cold, this may not sound pleasant in the middle of winter. However, there are so many benefits of spending time outside each day, including stress relief, mental refreshment, and improved physical and mental health. You can take up an outdoor sport, or even just walk outside on your lunch break. Want to connect with the outdoors even more? Find a hike near you or visit a national park.
9. Record memories
I have a box of keepsakes with things like concert tickets, pictures, plane tickets, notes from friends, and anything else that I want to remember. If that's not your thing, try keeping a journal, scrapbook, blog, or photo album. I love looking back at old memories from my life, as well as family members’ and friends’ lives.
10. Take time to connect with yourself
Sitting with yourself can be uncomfortable for some people, but it’s really helped me over the past year or two. I love writing journal entries or letters that I’ll never send. It helps me figure out my feelings and come to peace with things. Other good ways to connect with yourself are meditation, prayer, journaling, or anything else that lets you work out your thoughts and ground yourself.
11. Choose a challenge and stick with it!
Find or create a challenge - like the 75 Hard Challenge or simply doing something every day for 30 days (squat challenge, read every day, no sugar or no soda, etc.). Then, STICK WITH IT. You can do anything for 30 days, so push yourself to keep going, even when it gets tough.
12. Travel somewhere new
Depending on where you are, you might not need to go far. Find a hike in your area that you’ve never done. Visit a park or downtown area somewhere near you. If you can, take a flight or road trip to a state you’ve never been to. You never know what you’ll find when you get outside of your normal boundaries.
13. Keep your word - to yourself and others
To finish off this post, I want to encourage you to follow through on things you say you’ll do. It’ll make you stronger and more trustworthy. You wouldn’t tell a friend you’d do something for them and then not follow through, so why would you do that to yourself? And if it’s hard to keep your word to others, push yourself to think about why you’re doing it. Think about what kind of person you want to be, then take action to become that person.
What are you waiting for? Get a running start into 2021 and start now! Drop your 2021 New Year's Resolutions in the comments.🎉
Love this article! 2021 is the year I connect with myself and starting caring about me.❤️