While many are excited for the new year to finally arrive, others feel a looming pressure to better themselves. Jody Brimacombe addresses this by focusing on resolutions that make your body feel good, but remember - only you can decide what works for you (even if it isn’t on this list)!
Ah, New Year’s… the only time of year where it’s acceptable to kiss complete strangers. I’ve always loved New Year’s Eve. There’s something so magical about all of the glittery dresses and champagne and fireworks. And like most twenty-somethings, when the clock strikes midnight, I vow to better myself in some way. I promise to eat broccoli at least twice a week, or to run five kilometers every day. Once, I even vowed to give up a dessert for a year.
Are these resolutions achievable?
In fact, a year without cookies or ice cream sounds like the equivalent of exercising in high heels: painful and unnecessary.
So why do we keep making resolutions that we know we can’t stick to? This year, let’s ditch the crazy goals and try to take small steps towards achieving a happy mind and body. Stuck for ideas? Don’t worry. Here are seven achievable wellness New Year’s resolutions to get you started.
Buy Some Plants
According to a recent study, owning houseplants can improve your mood and concentration. Greenery can also reduce your stress levels, so if you’re feeling anxious about school or work, pop a few cacti on your windowsill. You might see a big difference, and all it takes is a trip to the garden centre.
Take the Stairs
If you live in an apartment building, skip the lift and take the stars instead. Same goes for visits to the GP, airports, and shopping malls. Squats aren’t the only way to get leg definition.
Cook a New Recipe
Every week, try to find an evening to cook a meal at home. Whether you’re whipping up beef and broccoli stir fry or a plant-based recipe like butternut squash mac n’ cheese, both your body and your budget will thank you for it.
Give Yourself More ‘Me’ Time
Seriously, how often do you take yourself on a date? Answer: not nearly enough. This year, set aside an hour each week that’s reserved just for you. Try a new hobby like painting, or go to a yoga class. Take some time to reconnect with yourself.
Drink More Water
Spoiler: it’s not just something that your mum used to nag you about. Drinking more water can boost your skin health, regulate digestion, prevent kidney damage, and overall leave you feeling pretty dang good. Aim for two liters a day.
Pamper Your Skin
Sure, there are some nights where you can hardly bring yourself to pick up a toothbrush and the make-up wipes are calling your name, but why not pledge to pamper yourself twice a week? Using a foam cleanser and a moisturizer are better for your skin, as well as the environment.
Eat More Chocolate
No, really; scientists have found that dark chocolate is good for you. Eating a serving after dinner can boost your memory, cognition, and mood. Sounds like a pretty good reason to chow down on dessert, if you ask me.
You don’t have to make big changes to see an impact on your life; choosing one of these small wellness New Year’s Resolutions can seriously change your mental and physical wellbeing. Pop the champagne and begin the countdown. 2019, here we come!
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