Hit Your New Year’s Goals
Let’s make 2024 the best year yet! New Year’s resolutions can be daunting, but we are here to help take the pressure off and give you some resolution ideas to kickstart your goal setting. No matter how big or small, resolutions are a great way to start the year off right and make major or even small life changes. Feeling motivated? Let’s get to it!
- Find inspiration for New Year’s Resolution ideas
- Learn the best habits and practices to achieve your New Year’s goals
- Think about positive replacements for poor habits
Table of Contents:
- Get More Sleep
- Get Moving
- Learn a New Skill
- Find Your Balance
- Keep a Journal
- Go Green
- Limit Social Media Scrolling
Get More Sleep
Getting more sleep is a surefire way to feel healthier and happier this year. Studies show getting at least eight hours of sleep per night helps prevent weight gain, improves learning, and lowers the risk of disease, just to name a few. If you have trouble sleeping, limit caffeine and alcohol intake later in the day, take a warm shower or bath, or try meditating. Calming supplements can also be a great help. Spritz a little lavender on your pillow and you’ll be well on your way to a peaceful night’s sleep.
Adding new workout regimens and weight loss journeys are usually first on most lists of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a great idea to get healthy and hit the physical goals you want to achieve! We all have heard about the countless studies of how beneficial exercise and cardiovascular activity is. Just be sure to make these goals manageable. If you’re an exercise newbie, then maybe start with one exercise class per week, or adding 15-30 minutes of walking several days a week, or a quick 10-minute circuit on your lunch break. If you’re more advanced and want to take your workouts to the next level, think about what specific goals you want to hit. Perhaps, this is the year you’re ready to master a headstand or split. Wherever you are in your journey, remember the key is small and manageable goals that you can grow over time!
Learn a New Skill
It’s never too late to learn a new skill or hobby! Make 2024 your year by expanding your knowledge and putting energy into something new. Browse your local fitness centers and gyms for a new class that will make exercising fun. Download one of many language apps and finally learn a new language. Maybe tap into any free classes your library or local establishments offer like photography, jewelry making, and painting. There are endless possibilities when it comes to learning something new!
Find Your Balance
New Year’s resolutions are all about setting intentions for the year and finding balance. Achieve the best work-life balance by making your time count. Does staying at work late mean you don’t have time to cook dinner? Make your workday as productive as possible so you can leave on time! If you struggle with losing weight and managing stress, you may have low levels of serotonin, known as the “happy chemical.” Quality of Life’s Serotonin PureBalance™ may help increase levels of serotonin, which improves mood, decreases stress and stress-eating.*
Keep a Journal
Writing down your resolutions is great, but take it a step further by starting a journal. Journaling is a fabulous way to unwind after a long day and get your thoughts down on paper. You’ll be surprised by how relaxing it can be! Journal about your day, hopes and dreams, stresses and what you’re grateful for. Keep your entries short and keep your journal on hand in case inspiration strikes. If you’d like something more than just blank pages, there are several guided journals on the market to kickstart your inspiration as well.
It’s impossible to turn on the news and not see a report about climate change. With an eye on future generations, make an effort this year to “greenify” your home and life! Being eco-friendly is becoming easier as major industries around the world are switching practices. Take small yet meaningful steps to make your home eco-friendly, such as switching to energy-efficient appliances and composting your food scraps. In your everyday life, skip wasteful plastic bags by bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery store and work.
Limit Social Media Scrolling
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, Tumblr . . . the list goes on. Social media has become a part of our daily lives, but how much is too much? If you feel like you’re suffering from social media burnout and your scrolling gets in the way of sleep or productivity, make it a New Year’s resolution to take a break. Real connections are always more meaningful than from behind a screen, so make it a point to reconnect with family and friends. Maybe even swap out scrolling for making your time online more meaningful by spreading messages of love and positivity or replacing 15 minutes of social media a day with a positive brain-boosting app.