It’s that time again, the time we see memes all over social media on what we’re leaving behind, and what we are taking on moving forward into the New Year. We often hear this with the classic ‘new year, new me’.
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If you are guilty of saying this, as so am I, this article is perfect for you. I have listed here 10 achievable New Year’s resolutions that I think you’d find quite interesting.
It would be a disservice to every bad and good thing that happened this year, for us to just want to ‘leave it all behind. Instead, I encourage you to take the time to sit with yourself in the present and think about how you will honor yourself today. So why not start by writing a list of achievable personal goals for yourself.
- Make more connections
- Cook more for yourself
- Be nicer to yourself
- Wake up earlier
- Eat more veg and fruit
- Try to be more open to change
- Read more books
- Prioritise your mental health
- Drink more water
- Do regular check ups
1. Make more connections
The year of 2020 has taught us that people also make life worth living, not just material desires and successes. Making sure to keep in contact with loved ones, sending gifts, or just supporting them however you can is great.
Make this an achievable New Years’ goals for you, by adding loved ones birthday and anniversaries into the calendar of your phone. This is a great tip for working adults, who are prone to forgetting dates.
I also encourage you to go out of your way to meet new people. If this is difficult for you, there are plenty of FREE online events you can attend in the areas of your interest. Websites such as Eventbrite is a good place to start. It features various types of events depending in your area, and some of them are FREE.
2. Cook more for yourself
This past year gave us all a chance to see how much more of the world there is beyond our echo chambers. This includes food.
If you’re a foodie like me, you probably realized how much you’ve missed out on all your favorite restaurants and food spots you wanted to try. So why not make the effort to cook these foods for yourself?
3. Be nicer to yourself
“You are your best thing.” – Tony Morrison.
This is one of my favorite quotes by this iconic black woman. It helps me stay grounded when negative self-talk sets in. Being nicer to ourselves is something that we should all practise, and this is a must in your list of New Years resolutions.
Think about it, do you speak to yourself in the same way you would speak to your friend? If not, ask yourself why and take the steps to start being nicer to yourself in 2021. You deserve it. This is very much an achievable New Years’ goals for 2021, the most important thing is to carry out regular self-check ups.
4. Wake up earlier
There are several benefits to waking up earlier, one of which I can attest to is that when I have a good night’s rest I tend to be more positive and energetic throughout my day.
To keep you accountable, download apps like Sleep Watch by Bodymatter. C’mon, just give it a try.
5. Eat more veg and fruits
I know, another food related personal goal. But making sure you eat and keep up with your nutrients is a form of self-care.
6. Try to be more open to change
We can’t control what is going to happen next so mindfulness tricks such as meditation, prayers and practicing gratitude are ways that help us mentally deal with unexpected changes in our lives. Practicing these mindfulness techniques can help you to be less resistant to change so that you are able to accept and deal with these changes. Let’s make 2021 a year in which we embrace the change of ALL forms.
7. Read more books
On average Brits read 10 books each year. If you are up for the challenge, challenge yourself to read 1 book a month. Whether this is educational, self-help books, or novels.
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8. Prioritise your mental health
Again and again we are proven that physical health does not take precedence over mental health. So explore different ways you can make time to value your feelings and thoughts. If you sign up to my newsletter, you will receive a free downloadable weekly self-care checklist. Give it a try as a first step towards self-love.
9. Drink more water
Need I say more? BUT, if you are having trouble with keeping up with drinking water the best way to counteract that is by owning a reusable water bottle. This way you can keep up with how much water you are drinking throughout the day.
To make this an achievable New Years’ goals, get a reusable water bottle so that you can monitor the amount of water you take in.
Let’s enter 2021 HYDRATED!
10. Do regular self-check ups
I 100% understand and I have lived through the difficulties of keeping up with ourselves. We live in a busy world and we tend to be more scattered than we can admit.
My tip is to add a ‘Self-Check Up Day’ at least once a month, on the Calendar app on your phone. This way you don’t completely neglect yourself during the busier times.
So what do you think? Rationally, we know that life changes constantly so our personal goals will too. But what matters is that we took the first step towards self-actualisation. So try these achievable personal goals for the year of 2021 because you deserve to try it for yourself.