A new year means a fresh start and time to better yourself. The typical New Year’s resolution is about weight loss, dieting and exercise. But those resolutions are boring, typical and sometimes don’t last. The post-holiday season will make you feel like you need to hit the gym, which is great, but not the end all of New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be big life-changing things. Resolutions can be a great way to start forming small important habits. Better yet, these resolutions aren’t hard to keep and will have a great impact in the long run. Also a bonus, none of these 15 Ne Year’s resolutions involve the gym.
Check out the top 15 easy New Year’s resolutions below.
1. Flossing Every Day
Flossing is so important and yet every time you go to the dentist you get scolded for not doing it enough. Flossing helps clean debris and plaque in between your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day. Flossing can even add a few more years to your life! People who don’t floss are at a higher risk for heart disease.
Flossing every day isn’t a big resolution, but the impact will be life-changing.
Meditating every day is a low-cost New Year’s resolution. If you want to take charge of your stress levels and make some “you” time taking up daily meditation is perfect. Meditating is proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
3. Read More Books
There are three types of people. People who read, people who buy books and never read them and people who haven’t bought a reading book since high school. I think most people want to be a person who reads, so why not make it your New Year’s resolution?
Start really small and buy a single book or pick a book from that stack that is collecting dust. You can support a local bookstore and snag a book there or read a book on your tablet or smartphone. Set aside 30 minutes every day or every other day to read.
Reading before bed is a great way to wind down and be off your phone. Blue light from your phone can make it harder for you to sleep, so putting your phone away and winding down with a good book is super beneficial to your sleep cycle. You’ll be sleeping better and be well read. That’s a win-win.
4. Take The Stairs Over The Elevator
Okay, this is the most “fitness-y” this resolution list will get. Taking the stairs over the elevator is a great idea to get a quick bust of fitness in your day. Gyms are expensive and if you have a desk job, work can be very stationary. Choosing the stairs over the elevator will give you a great burst of energy and shock your heart rate.
Stair climbing is an effective form of cardio. According to Duke, stair climbing can help improve good cholesterol, increase bone density, increase leg power and lead to weight loss.
5. Clear Out Your Social Media
Okay, this isn’t a conventional resolution, but it’s still important. Over the past year you probably followed hundreds of new people on Twitter, Instagram and more. The truth is that social media is a huge part of our lives, so having a cluttered feed can be exhausting.
Spend the first day of every month this year cleaning up your social media. Unfollow influencers or brands you’re not into anymore, people from high school you haven’t talked to in years and just anyone else who you aren’t really vibing with.
Taking this time will have a huge impact on your life. Instagram won’t be such a black hole when you can finally reach the end of your feed.
6. Set Social Media Limits
Speaking of social media, you should limit your social media intake. It’s hard but necessary to be off your phone more. The new iPhone software lets you set daily time limits for certain apps and lets you see how often you use each app every day. Yes, it is possible to spend five hours on Instagram a day.
If you go to your settings and click “Screen Time” you can see a shocking breakdown of your iPhone usage. Screen Time shows you how much you are on your phone, how much time you spend on certain apps, how many notifications you received and more.
If you click “App Limits” you can choose apps that you want to monitor. What I did was see what my top two apps were (Twitter and Instagram) and set a weekly time limit that is an hour less than my daily average and a weekend limit that is 30 mins less.
It’s a good jumping off point and when the reminder comes up that you’ve hit your time limit you’ll be asking yourself “Damn, I already spent three hours on this app?”
7. Get Eight (Or More) Hours Of Sleep
Sleep is just important to your health as diet and exercise. But when it comes to New Year’s resoltuions it often gets overlooked. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, getting enough sleep a night could help prevent sickness, reduce stress, maintain a healthy weight, think clearly and have better brain function.
To help get you to an average eight hours of sleep is creating a sleep routine. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “your body sets your ‘biological clock’ according to the pattern of daylight where you live.” So you should create some nighttime habits or a sleep routine to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggest that you make sure your room is ready for a deep sleep. That means your room is dark, quiet and doesn’t have any technology in it. The technology part is hard, I totally get wanting to have your phone on your nightstand. To compromise, don’t fall asleep with the TV on and turn your phone on Do Not Disturb.
They also suggest going to bed at the same time every night and getting the same amount of sleep every day. You can download some sleep apps to help monitor your sleep schedule.
8. Stop Saying “I’m Sorry”
Saying “I’m sorry” when you don’t mean it is such a huge problem. You’re not sorry when you have to move past people in a crowded area, just say excuse me. You’ll be shocked at how often you are apologizing when you don’t mean it and don’t have to be apologizing.
Adjust your habits to reflect how you really feel and you’ll feel more empowered. Stop apologizing for random things!
9. Take Compliments
Another habit that needs to change alongside saying I’m sorry is the inability to take a compliment. So many times when someone is complimented they will deny it, act embarrassed or compliment the person back. Stop this! Take a compliment!
Say thank you and smile. If they’re complimenting your work, take this opportunity to explain in greater detail how much effort you put in and how much it means that it’s being recognized. If someone is complimenting your appearance just say thank you and maybe tell them where you bought it.
Don’t try to fight a compliment, it’s not cute!
10. Call Your Parents More
You know who could listen to you talk 24/7 every day forever? Your parents. They raised you and spent 18 years of their lives making sure you made it to adulthood. I know life gets in the way but talking to your parents for 20 minutes on a Sunday is the least you can do. It will also make their day.
11. Drink More Water
Water is essential for living and everything good health-wise. Water helps with your immune system, prevent headaches, flushes out toxins, aids weight loss and improves your skin. What can’t water do?
If you hate water (sorry, I can’t relate) invest in a water bottle infuser that allows you to infuse fruit and herbs. Even if you like water you should invest in a reusable water bottle. Then track your water intake with an app like Plant Nanny. Ever time you drink water and record it on the app that water feeds your plants. You need to drink enough water to keep your plants alive.
12. Eat Out Less
Eating out is expensive and is high in calories. Making it a resolution to eat out less, therefore, cooking at home more will help your wallet and your health. Get into cooking and download a few cooking apps that will keep the creative recipes flowing.
13. Meet New People
The new year means new friends. Just kidding! But it’s always nice to meet new people and expand your social circle. Hop on Bumble BFF and connect with some people in your city and meet up for drinks. Who knows, you could meet your new BFF this way!
14. Get A Side Hustle
Side hustles are fun and a great way to share your passion and maybe make some money. Finally, take a step and invest some time into your side hustle. It will pay off in the long run. Who knows, maybe one day your side hustle could become your main hustle.
15. Declutter Your Space
You don’t have to wait for spring to do a deep cleaning of your living space. A new year means a fresh start. Donate clothes that you didn’t wear in 2018, deep clean every nook and cranny and then set up a cleaning schedule so you don’t get sidetracked all year. Being tidier and cleaner will lead to a more organized life.