A Guide to New Years Resolutions

Written by | Posted under Health and Wellness | 7 years ago

You may be thinking to yourself, or perhaps your friends are asking you, what are you are going to do to better yourself in 2011.  What are you going to do to make 2011 better than 2010, or perhaps the best year ever?  Coming up with resolutions can be difficult, so I’ve compiled TEN suggestions for improving health, happiness, and finding fulfillment in 2011!

  1. Quit smoking: this is the obvious one, but this list would not be complete without it.  It’s also a good place to start because, if you smoke, quitting is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for your health!  Make this the year that you kick that habit.  If you need help, there are many resources on the web, like this one!
  2. Drink less alcohol: alcohol is not inherently bad, but it is easily abused.  If you find yourself bingeing, or too dependent on liquid courage, set a goal to, “not drink during the week” or to “only drink 5-6 drinks per week”.  You may find that you appreciate a drink much more when you scale down the intake.
  3. Stop eating fast food: if we all knew the whole truth about fast food, we wouldn’t feed it to our dogs.  If cutting fast food out altogether is unrealistic, set a goal to only eat fast food 1-2x/month.
  4. Commit to exercise: this is probably the most common New Years Resolution.  The key, as with all of these other resolutions, is to set realistic goals, such as exercising 30 min/day or 3-4 days/week.  It is important to commit to a rhythm, or you’re bound to flame out come Feb 1st.  Many of us focus on losing weight, and then become discouraged if we don’t lose weight as quickly as we’d like to.  Try committing to exercise, without the weight loss goals, and see what happens.
  5. Complete something: this can be anything; a project around the house, a manuscript you are writing, a book, etc…  Nothing brings a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment quite like the closure of completing something that has been on your mind for quite some time.
  6. Reconnect with someone you love: most of us know someone we’ve lost contact with, either intentionally or unintentionally.   Make a commitment to call, write, or email that person or those people.  Open the lines of communication and heal the scars of broken bonds.
  7. Take a trip: nothing refreshes and rejuvenates like a good vacation.  If you work hard, there is no shame in treating yourself and your loved one(s) to a relaxing vacation.
  8. Learn something new: we all have things that we wish we knew how to do.  Maybe you’ve never sailed, snowboarded, or rode a horse.  This should be the year that you learn!
  9. Educate yourself: this is similar to the previous point.  Try doing something to fill an area of ignorance in your life, or simply to keep your mind sharp.  Do crossword puzzles.  Subscribe to the Economist.  Commit to reading (and watching less TV, unless it’s educational of course).
  10. Be grateful: this is the most obscure of this list of 10 resolutions, but perhaps the most important.  Commit to voicing your gratefulness for your loved ones, friends, blessings, job, etc.  Similarly, commit to stop complaining about things.  Make this tangible by journaling, saying a prayer each morning, or telling someone what you are grateful for.  You’re much better off focusing on the positive things in your life.

Pick one or a few of these resolutions, and modify them so they fit you and your current situation.  Remember to set goals that are realistic and specific.  I wish you all a Happy New Year, and may 2011 be filled with health, joy, and contentment!

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