Hello, my dear readers! 2021 is around the corner. For many of us, this is the time to write down our new year resolutions. Oftentimes, new year resolutions are easier to write down than to keep, but it is only in committing to achieving these resolutions can we gain something from them. So today, I thought it would be great to focus on some new year resolutions that are achievable. Let's begin!
Working out every day for an hour in the gym is a lofty goal that many of us (myself included) cannot keep up with. However, simply moving more is something that is much more palatable to our brain.
It doesn't matter what you choose to do; any type of physical activity is good for your health. Some simple changes you can try incorporating into your life include:
- After every hour at work, stand up and stretch more
- Take public transportation instead of driving. Even better, ride a bike or walk!
- Join a social club that does outdoor activities such as hiking, running, or water sports
Save at least 10% of your income
We all wish that we could achieve a net worth of one million dollars or more. However, barring a windfall it requires hard work and discipline, so having a difficult goal like this may prevent us from even starting.
On the other hand, saving 10% of your income is an achievable step in the right direction.
Here are some concrete steps you can take to save 10% of your income:
- Reduce your rental cost by moving to a smaller place, a different neighborhood, or consider sharing your apartment with others
- Set a budget for discretionary spending, and stick to your budget
- Conduct a subscription audit, and eliminate all the ones you do not use often enough to justify the cost
- Save the additional salary received through raises and promotions
No, you don't have to read one book a week like Bill Gates. You simply need to read more: read one book a month, or even every quarter. Reading makes us wiser. It is one of the fastest ways for us to learn, to develop our minds, and to grow.
There are many good books out there. If you don't already have a book list, I recommend that you follow GatesNotes, the blog of Bill Gates. Bill Gates regularly recommends great books that will influence and inspire you.
Eliminating junk food altogether or completely changing your diet can be a daunting task that is almost impossible to achieve, but eating healthier is definitely achievable. Here are some small ways that you can nudge yourself into eating better:
- Learn to control emotional eating - How many times did you finish a tub of ice cream or a cake because you were upset or angry? Although high-fat and high-sugar food may temporarily make us feel good, the happiness is only transient, and we are left with a tired and sad body that has to digest a copious amount of food it doesn't need. To combat emotional eating, I recommend that you find an alternative to cope with stress, such as listening to music, taking a brisk walk, or calling your loved ones.
- Incorporate some veggies in your breakfast - Breakfast tends to be the meal that lacks veggies the most. Instead of a coffee and a muffin, why not substitute the former with a green smoothie and the latter with a spinach and egg wrap? Not only are they delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients and are easy to make. Of course, if you are a fan of muffins, you don't have to give them up! Even adding some grated carrots into the muffins can be a small step in the right direction.
- Try one meatless dinner a week - Your body loves wholesome foods like leafy greens and plant-based proteins. Of course, you don't have to forego meat altogether, but one meatless dinner a week can be a fun and healthy way to change your routines. You may even find yourself feeling lighter and more energetic!
Practicing gratitude is a powerful habit to have. By taking the time to notice and feel thankful for the things and experiences in your life, you will feel happier and more alive.
Commit to writing down at least one thing you are thankful for in your journal before you go to bed. Remember to say thank you to the person who holds the door for you, to smile at the baker who makes that awesome slice of apple pie, and to feel happy for the slew of consecutive green lights on your way to work. All you need is a few minutes to feel the positive energy surrounding you.
Writing down your resolutions is a fantastic way to get yourself ready for the new year. Pick a few achievable resolutions that you can genuinely commit to, and you will reap the benefits in the long run. Have a lovely new year, everyone!
Bella Wanana is a freelance writer. She is the owner of bellawanana.com, a personal finance and lifestyle blog. She loves sharing with her readers the best tips and tricks on personal finance and how to live a balanced but fulfilling life. She has been featured on sites like MSN.com, Reader's Digest, The Financial Diet, Ladders, Inc., and Money Saving Mom.