Let’s be real for a second and say that we’ve all made the resolution to lose weight or eat healthier in the New Year, but it didn’t quite stick past January. The intention is there, but the follow through is not. Considering that about 80-90% of people run out of steam by February, it is safe to say that the classic “lose weight, eat better” mindset for the New Year is outdated and boring.
Listen, we’re all for getting healthy by way of exercise or diet, but this is the same resolution every single year. By show of hands, how many people fall off the health wagon each year? Since we can’t see you we are going to assume that your goals did not last. Sorry for the pessimism and doubt, folks, but facts are facts and statistics don’t lie. We aren’t shaming anyone because getting healthy is hard, but most people go about it the same way each year. This is why we recommend changing the game to shake things up for 2020. Start the new decade with a bang and focus on creating resolutions that are off the beaten path.
Note: Always remember that you can get healthy any day of any month of any year. There is never a bad time to get healthy, and you shouldn’t limit yourself to achieving this goal just because of a new year. Additionally, things don’t happen overnight and habits take time to form. Let the process happen naturally and don’t beat yourself up for resolutions that take time to show positive results.
Get Rid Of Clutter:
If you haven’t actively searched for it or used it within the past year, it’s time to get rid of it. Be it an old pair of pants or a line of string lights that has been broken for years, get rid of clutter to help reduce stress and improve organization and cleanliness for 2020.
Cook At Home More Often:
A home-cooked meal is magical and establishes more togetherness between friends and family. Eating out all the time is great if you want to drain your bank account, but it doesn’t always provide the healthiest of food choices. Invest in your health by researching recipes and learning to make them. You’ll find that cooking isn’t as difficult as you thought it was.
Be Kind On Social Media:
It’s so easy to fall into the negative black hole that is social media. Negativity is one of the easiest reactions, and algorithms can learn to send you negative stories based on your activity. Promote more kindness on the Internet and don’t let hate be your motivation for interacting on social media.
Let Go Of Grudges:
Speaking of negativity, there is no room for grudges in 2020. Grudges are outdated and only contribute to stress and buried feelings of anger inside. Forgiveness is what it’s all about, so take the high road to invite positivity into your life.
Reduce Your Waste:
The average American produces about 2,000 pounds of trash every year. That’s disgusting, folks. Things will inevitably end up in the trash, but you can reduce your waste in simple ways, for example, using old T-shirts as rags instead of going through paper towel rolls. Switch to reusable grocery bags and stop buying bottled water. These things make a difference!
Take The Stairs:
Yes, elevators and escalators are convenient, but challenge your self and climb those flights. It’s good for you booty and quads. That is all.
Travel Without Posting On Social Media:
Be in the moment and don’t stream the moment for all to see. In the age of “it didn’t happen unless you post about it,” it seems silly to not post on Instagram or tweet where you are eating, hiking, swimming, etc. Resist the temptation to post! Snap a photo, but keep it for your memories and then tell people about your experience when you return home.
Read More Books:
Reading boosts brain health and can reduce stress. That’s why people recommend curling up with a good book and a cup of tea for stress reduction! Aim to read one book every two months. If you find it difficult to sit down with an actual book, download an audiobook and listen to them during your commutes or in your free time.
You don’t want to be that person. That person isn’t healthy. Spread positivity and love, instead.
Do Random Acts Of Kindness:
We get so caught up in making resolutions for ourselves that we often forget about the needs of others. Random acts of kindness can happen in so many different ways, and the world can always use more kindness. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate blood, participate in a beach cleanup, or buy a meal for a homeless person. Kindness is contagious, so get out there and spread it.