This year, your New Year’s Eve, like all of the 2020 holidays, will likely look different. You might be spending the evening watching New Year’s movies or playing a New Year’s game at home with your family rather than going out for a glitzy night on the town. It’s been a hard year for all of us, so we get that you might be tempted to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions this year. But one way you can celebrate the passing of the dumpster fire that’s been this last year and celebrate what’s to come is to write out a few new goals for 2021.
Try setting your sights on these New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep.
Drink More Water
A lot of us don’t drink the amount of water we need each day. And yet here we are, another year, and another year of wanting to drink more water, but not really knowing where to start. Start small by replacing 1-2 drinks a day with water.
Try Something New Each Month
Who says your resolution has to be sticking to just one thing. As they say, “Variety is the spice of life.” Well, spice up your new year by setting a goal to try something new each month. If you are a foodie, it could be a new restaurant, recipe, or ingredient. If you tend to get stuck in a rut, maybe changing up your route to work or changing up your hairstyle could be one of the new things you try. Again, start small, get creative and don’t forget to get your friends and family involved.
Stand For An Hour Each Day
Spending eight hours (or more!) hunched over a keyboard is—and surely this will shock you, bad for your health. Every second you spend at your desk can increase your risk of depression and slow your metabolism, among other potential consequences. So, this coming year, vow to stand up at your desk more. Dedicating just 10 minutes of every hour to standing up
Meditate For 10 Minutes Each Day
What if we told you there was a way to, in one move, slash your blood pressure, stress, and anxiety, and improve your sleep quality? What if we told you it only requires one 10-minute commitment per day? You’d jump on that, right? Well, get ready to jump: Such a panacea actually exists. All you have to do is meditate, a task so effortless and with such outsize benefits, it’s a wonder you’re not already a devotee.
Stay In Touch
If there’s one thing 2020 has shown us, it’s that there is no excuse not to stay in touch with those we love. With so many ways to connect, from text, to email, to Zoom to a good old-fashioned phone call (!)—if we have to be apart, there are so many ways to get in touch. And another thing we’ve learned is how much a quick text from a friend or a short Facetime with a grandparent can go a long way toward helping us feel not so alone and fill us up with love. Go into this with a goal of connecting with 1-3 people per week. Start small and be consistent. Try zeroing in on a different family member and friend each week and get creative with how you connect.