10 New Year’s resolutions that will change your life for better
There will be a lot of people making New Year’s resolutions this year. Some people will stick to them and many will not, but a few people will make resolutions that really do change their lives. These people won’t be aiming to drop a dress size or eat fewer chocolates; they will be looking to make promises to themselves that will bring about real change in their lives. So, if you want to make a New Year’s resolution this year that will make a difference, take a look at these ten resolutions that will change your life for the better.
1. Start listening to your body
Your body is very good at controlling what you should do and telling you what you need, if only you would actually listen to what it is trying to tell you. You would lose weight, if you only ate when you were hungry and you stopped eating when you are full. You wouldn’t get so tired, if you drank water when you are thirsty, and your legs wouldn’t ache so much if you got more exercise. Listen to your body and learn what it is telling you and you won’t have to make so many New Year’s resolutions next year.
2. Watch less TV
Television is the biggest conversation killer and time waster there is, so commit yourself to watching less of it next year and you could make some big changes to your life. For a start, you will be able to talk more to your partner and strengthen your relationship. You could spend more time with your kids, get more exercise, or read some good books. Leave the TV switched off more often and you’ll be amazed at all the things that you can get done.
3. Get more sleep
A lack of sleep can cause you to get irritable, put on weight, it makes you less productive during the day, and it can lead to depression and anxiety. Go to bed a little bit earlier and aim to get about eight hours of sleep every night. You will find that you get far more done during the day and you will feel more energetic and happier too.
4. Cut down on caffeine
Caffeine is a strong stimulant and it’s addictive too, so make a resolution to cut down on the numbers of cups and coffee that you drink and the energy drinks too. Caffeine gives you only a temporary lift and too much caffeine will make you jittery and cause anxiety. If you limit your caffeine to just two cups of coffee a day, you will feel better during the daytime and be able to sleep more soundly at night.
5. Stop wishing you were someone else
There are many things that you can do to change your life, but before you do any of those, you need to accept who you are. You can improve yourself and you can work to improve your lot, but you should learn to love who you are and accept both your good traits and your faults.
6. Be a more curious person
Make a resolution this year to learn something new every day, both about yourself and the world around you. If you see something on the TV that you don’t understand, look it up on Google and learn more about it. Book yourself in on a course to learn a new skill and read, read, read! The more you learn, the more you grow, and the more you understand. You’ll also find that the more you learn, the more you will want to discover more.
7. Stop eating junk food
One of the biggest things you could do to boost your health would be to make a New Year’s resolution to eat less junk food. Fast food, processed food, and ready meals, all contain more salt and sugar than you need and less nutrition than fresh food. Cut down on the amount of junk food you eat and you will feel a lot better in yourself and it will help you live longer too.
8. Strengthen your ‘no’
Another New Year’s resolution that could change your life is to learn how to say no more often and to mean it. Create more time for yourself by learning how to say no to other people. Resolve to be firm and take back control of your own life.
9. Ignore negative people
Surround yourself with positive people and make the conscious decision that you won’t take any notice at all of the negative ones. If you have a dream, or a belief, then stick to it and don’t let other people put you off.
10. Make time available for exercise
Exercise can improve your mood, make you more confident and, of course, keep you fit and keep your body functioning properly. If you think that you don’t have time for exercise, promise yourself that you will make that time. It will only take half an hour of exercise a day to make all the difference to your life.
What are your New Year’s resolutions?