Wellness New Year’s Resolutions

Can you believe it’s almost 2019? Personally, I have mixed opinions on New Year’s resolutions. On one hand, I think it’s very helpful to reflect upon the past and plan for the future. On the other hand, I think if you really want to accomplish something, don’t wait until January 1st to begin. The best time to start anything is now!

Unfortunately, many resolutions fail after the first few months. Although we have the best intentions, old habits are hard to break, and sometimes we choose unattainable goals or set unrealistic standards. I believe change occurs best at a slow and steady pace.

To optimize success in 2019, choose one or two relatively straightforward resolutions. Avoid stretching yourself too thin. Also keep in mind that the most effective goals are the ones that are measurable. For example, instead of resolving to “exercise more,” a better resolution would be “get to the gym three days a week.” When you can measure your progress, it’s much easier to stay on track and monitor your success.

Need a place to start? Below are a few health, mental wellness, and sustainability resolution ideas. What are you resolving to do in the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Health Resolutions

  • Take the stairs as often as possible
  • Join a fitness class
  • Join a gym
  • Eat three servings of fruits and veggies daily
  • Stop drinking soda
  • Quit smoking
  • Walk three times a week
  • Drink green tea three times a week
  • Limit fast food to once a month
  • Pack lunch most days of the week

Mental Wellness Resolutions

  • Be more friendly and open
  • Become a better listener
  • Find a new hobby
  • Volunteer at least once a month
  • Practice “scroll-free Sunday’s”
  • Perform a random act of kindness daily
  • Spend more time in nature
  • Learn to meditate
  • Compliment yourself daily
  • Keep a journal

Sustainability Resolutions

  • Participate in “Meatless Monday’s”
  • Skip the plastic straws
  • Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use
  • Shop local whenever possible
  • Switch to natural cleaning products
  • Choose unwrapped, plastic-free produce
  • Bring your own grocery bag to the store
  • Bring your own reusable coffee mug
  • Plant wildflowers to help pollinators
  • Use glassware instead of plastic dishes

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