A new year, a new you. That’s what we tell ourselves year after year, but do we ever actually stick to our new year’s resolutions? According to a survey by Finder.com.au, 58 per cent of Australians broke their resolutions. Interestingly, 37 per cent broke their resolution within just three months of the new year!
While there are many reasons for breaking a new year’s resolution – such as failing to keep track of progress or just downright forgetting about it – one of the most common mistakes people make is setting themselves a goal that is completely unrealistic.
So, to help you figure out what it is you want to achieve this year, we’ve got six new year’s resolutions that are not only simple but can make a big impact on your happiness.
- Try something new every day – From travelling to new places and trying new food to picking up a new skill or meeting a new person, commit to making this year all about shaking up your routine and testing yourself. Your “something new” can be as small or as big as you like – as long as it encourages you to break out of your comfort zone.
- Always have something to look forward to – There’s no better motivator than the thought of an upcoming holiday or get-together, right? Make it your mission to have something to be excited about every month or so, even if it’s something as small as an upcoming book or movie release. Stick a reminder on your fridge so you can encourage yourself the next time you need a bit of a boost.
- Practice gratitude – Take just 10 minutes out of every day, no matter how good or terrible a day it was, to think back on everything you’re grateful for. Nurturing a positive attitude will help you see the world in a different light and become more tolerant when things don’t go your way. Plus, a sunnier disposition will make you even more pleasant to be around.
- Stay active – One of the most common new year’s resolutions people make is to “lose weight”, only to find it’s a lot easier said than done. Rather than giving yourself a magic number of kilos to lose, simply commit to doing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to achieve simply by taking a walk around the neighbourhood and doing a few household chores.
- Treat yourself once a week – One day out of the week, pick something you love (whether it be an indulgent meal, spa session or a lazy day on the couch) and just do it. It’s time to stop feeling guilty for prioritising yourself. This year, it’s all about taking the time to look after number one for a change.
- Nurture your relationships – A new year means a new opportunity to refresh your relationships with your partner, friends and family. Set some time aside each day to reach out to your loved ones, catch up with what’s going on in their lives and just have a chat. Not only will it strengthen your connection, but it’ll make their day.
Remember, a new year’s resolution is almost impossible to stick to unless you keep track of your progress. Grab yourself a diary, get planning and make 2017 the best year of your life!
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