9 New Year’s Resolutions to make 2021 your healthiest and happiest year yet
2020 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to look forward to the year ahead. It also means it’s resolution time. If you just audibly sighed, you’re not alone. It can feel overwhelming to come up with new year's resolutions that feel realistic. Oftentimes we set ourselves up for failure by setting expectations too high. Your new year goals should be kind, attainable, and action-oriented.
Everyone wants to be happy and healthy, but these are vague resolutions. What specific actions can you take on a day-to-day basis to feel happier and healthier? Read on to get your new year's resolutions started and moving in the right direction.
1. Mindful Eating to Feel Happy and Healthy
The most common resolution is to lose weight and get fit. This may or may not be a goal of yours, but even if it’s not, being more conscious about what you’re putting in your body can be beneficial.
Fad diets don’t work—it’s now well documented that they are unhelpful at keeping weight off long term. Restricting calories and certain foods is not sustainable for the long term, either. In fact, feeling deprived makes everything much more difficult. Instead, focus on mindful eating and become aware of what foods leave you feeling good. Don’t focus solely on weight loss, but measure success by your feeling of overall wellness. Make sure you are having well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals.
It’s also a good idea to become aware of what nutrients you might not be getting through food alone. If you’re lacking, consider adding supplemental vitamins to your routine. For instance, adding a calcium supplement like Mybite Calcium or an immune supplement like Mybite Immune to your routine could be helpful.
2. Gratitude is the New Attitude
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that has a huge number of health and wellness benefits. Scientific studies have shown that keeping a five-minute daily gratitude journal routine can increase long-term well-being by more than ten percent. In fact, of all the new year's resolutions you could make, this one might be one of the best for overall well-being.
Gratitude can help you develop new relationships and improve the ones you already have. Showing gratitude makes us more friendly and appreciative, which makes people like us more!
Being grateful can also help us live longer lives! People who kept a gratitude journal reported less physical pain, more sleep, and more time spent exercising.
It also reduces materialism, increases optimism, self-esteem, and productivity—and the list goes on. Making a resolution to keep a daily gratitude list or journal will undoubtedly benefit your health and increase your happiness, setting you up for a great 2021.
3. Stay in Touch
This one may seem obvious—of course you want to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But life oftentimes gets in the way without us realizing it. This year make staying in touch a priority by calendaring time to make calls to catch up or to meet friends for coffee.
In case you needed more convincing—loneliness has been deemed as damaging as cancer. Friendship and close relationships reduce stress and can improve memory and cognitive function as you age.
4. New Year's Resolution: Regular Self Care
Taking care of yourself mentally and physically is an essential part of life, but we don’t always make it a priority. It’s easy to wind up putting your job or kids at the top of the totem pole—and, of course, both of those things deserve your care and attention. But if you aren’t participating in regular self care, you will be unable to fully show up for the other responsibilities in your life. You will end up running on empty and burning out.
As part of your new year's resolutions, make it a point to prioritize yourself. Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by doing something just for you. Take a bubble bath, go to your favorite yoga class, find the 10 minutes in the morning to meditate, and take a multivitamin to keep you feeling great. Try Mybite Hers, an easy and yummy way to cross daily nutrition off of your to-do list in one bite!
5. Sign up for a Race
If you are hoping to be more active in the new year, there is no better motivator than signing up for a race. If you aren’t a runner this may sound very intimidating, but working your way up to running a 5K is totally doable.
There are many “couch to 5K” phone apps and running plans to help you train. The key is to work your way up slowly—don’t assume you can sprint three miles right off the bat. Give yourself at least two months to get comfortable with the distance. Knowing you have a race coming up is a great way to make sure you are staying active, and it’s a straightforward, achievable goal.
If you’re feeling sluggish after indulging this holiday season, pop a Mybite Energy to give yourself a boost. Then get those sneakers on and go for a jog!
6. Unplug Everyday
We live in a technology-driven society, and whether it’s good for our health or not, it is the reality we face. We’ve become enslaved to our electronic devices, making ourselves available 24/7.
If you find yourself clinging to your phone for dear life, consider making a resolution this year to spend less time with electronics. Studies have shown that spending an excessive amount of time on social media can lead to depression. Constantly comparing yourself to others, especially when what you’re looking at is likely curated and staged, leads to misplaced anger, jealousy, and loneliness.
This year have a goal to set a specific amount of time to unplug each day and then stick to it. Give your brain a break and get in some face-to-face interaction!
7. Unclutter Your Life
Have you found yourself overwhelmed by clutter in your home this year? It might seem like a minor nuisance, but living in a cluttered environment can increase stress levels and worsen mood.
Make a resolution this year to clear the clutter. Go through your closet and donate the clothes you no longer wear. Go through your bookshelf and donate the ones you don’t mind parting with to the local library. The pile of junk mail sitting on your desk? Time to toss it. The drawer full of birthday cards from the past five years? It might be time to let those go as well.
Living in an organized and tidy space will improve peace of mind and motivate you to keep your space that way. It can seem overwhelming to tackle years of clutter—but try to go one room, or even just one closet, at a time. Dedicate one day a week to work on the project, and in no time, you’ll be living in a more aesthetically pleasing space.
8. New Year's Resolutions don't have to be boring—plan a vacation!
Not all resolutions have to feel like hard work! If you’re the kind of person who has trouble taking a break, it’s time to hit the reset button!
Think back to the last time you took a vacation? If it was over a year ago, it’s time to start planning your next trip. It doesn’t have to be indulgent and expensive, (although if you can afford it, why not?). Even a low-budget road trip will get you out of your normal setting and give you the time and space to clear your mind.
Planning a trip will give you something to look forward to for weeks or months. It will upend the routine of your life and give you a much-needed dose of something different.
9. Live With Intention
If you’re like us, you’re looking at the calendar and wondering where the time went! The months seem to fly by, and before we know it another year has come and gone. For the new year, why not do something to live your life with more intention?
Pick a new word to live by each month. It can be anything—active, loving, motivated, or generous, for example. Then put that word into action for the four weeks of that month. If you pick generous—maybe you are a little more generous with your time, money, and love. If you pick active—make more of a concerted effort to be more active for the month. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car farther away from your destination to get a little walk in.
This is an easy way to keep yourself accountable for something. It’s not overwhelming. It’s not a laundry list of tasks and errands you need to get done. It’s as simple as picking a word and living your month with that intention in mind.
Welcoming in 2021
However you ring in 2021, and no matter what new year's resolutions you make for yourself, remember to do it with love and kindness. Don’t beat yourself up for not following each resolution perfectly.
No one is perfect, and the sheer fact that you are trying to better yourself is reason enough to feel a sense of accomplishment. You will be your happiest and healthiest self when you let go of unrealistic expectations and set resolutions that are specific and action-oriented. Make 2021 the year of you!