New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep
Well it’s the beginning of March, which means everyone broke their New Year’s resolution already. Diet and exercise? Nope. Find a better job? The one you have isn’t that bad. Fall in love? Not in time for Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a resolution you’ll actually stick to all year. The problem with most resolutions is they’re too big and difficult to tackle all at once, and most people don’t take the time to really plan out how it would even work step by step. So here are some resolutions that will help you enjoy your 2016 that don’t require a lot of effort or lifestyle changes.
1. Be Out in Nature
This one is easy because all it requires of you is to leave the house. Go outside and admire the world around you. Take a walk, sit in a park, go for a hike, or sit on the sand watching the ocean. Make a promise to yourself to take a step back and just admire the world and all its beauty.
You can also plant a garden, take up a new sport, go fishing, or anything else you think you might like. If you work a lot, then take your breaks outside. Just be sure to spend plenty of time outdoors. Getting sunlight is essential for your health.
2. Go to the Movies By Yourself
Seeing a movie is the easiest way to pretend you actually have a life outside of work. Mornings are a great time to go because tickets are cheaper and the theater won’t be as crowded. You don’t have to go every weekend either. Go once a month even. So many movies come out each year there is bound to be some you’ll like. Maybe even challenge yourself to see something that looks stupid. You might be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe it will be so bad it's funny. Who knows!
Going in groups is fun, but I would recommend going by yourself sometimes. Going to the movies is one of the few things you can do by yourself without feeling like a loser. Plus being able to sit in silence on the way home and think will help you get more out of the film than if you immediately start talking about it with others.
3. Clean Out Your Closet
And not just so you have room to throw more stuff in there. Go through and see what you can keep and what you can get rid of. Take a trip down memory lane. Find that old shirt you bought years ago and only wore once before forgetting you had it. Recoil in terror at the sight of three year old Easter candy. You can donate your old stuff or even have a yard sale for some extra money. It’s amazing how much cleaner your whole house will feel once your closet is no longer a black hole for junk.
4. Daily Centering
I don’t care how busy you are, you have five minutes to sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. You don’t even need a full five minutes. Just everyday, close your eyes and take five deep breaths in and out through your nose. Make sure you feel your stomach rise and fall with each breath. Breathing is surprisingly good for you. Taking a few moments to breathe will not only help you relax, but improve your focus as well.
5. But Really, You Should Still Diet/Exercise/Get a Better Job/Fall In Love/Whatever Nonsense You Promised To Do This Year
Just take it slow, and don’t expect to have immediate success. It might take you all year or longer to get the results you want, but the important thing is to not give up. None of this “oh I’ll try again next year.” No. Stop that. Try, try, and try again. I don’t care how far into the year it is, it is never too late to work toward your goal.