It’s definitely a rite of passage to come up with loads of amazing New Year’s resolutions when Christmas is over. You spend ages thinking of some really good ones that sound absolutely amazing and achievable in every way, like going to the gym 5 times a week, learning another language, stopping spending money on things you don’t need, upping your skincare routine and sticking to it. Realistically this isn’t the case. Did you know that most people quit their New Year’s resolutions by 12th January? Not even two weeks into the New Year! This is always because a week in you finally realise that you can’t keep it up - and that’s absolutely fine! It’s easy to become instantly disheartened, you think you can’t do it, you’re a failure. Well think again! You’re just not setting realistic resolutions. Ones you know you could stick too. Having these means you’ll feel so much more productive and accomplished, which is a great start to 2020! So here are some ultra realistic New Year’s resolutions you can stick to!
Go to the gym twice a week
In between work / uni, find a time to go to the gym just twice a week. Make each session intense and work as hard as you possibly can. To get you even more motivated, and of course if you can afford it, make one of those sessions a personal training session. This will motivate you even more because they’ll be counting on you to show up - so more pressure! If you can do it for just two days a week and you feel you can do more, slowly increase your sessions over time and ease yourself into it. Going to the gym regularly can massively improve your stress, anxiety and loads of other mental health issues. Try setting days to go, and I’d definitely advise against going on a Monday morning. Why? Monday mornings are horrible for everyone and it’s so difficult to motivate yourself to even get up, never mind to the gym. Try Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you can ease yourself into it with a day off in between!
Put away £20 a week for savings
This is definitely a good amount to try and save, but if you think this would be a stretch, you could easily do £10 a week! If you stick to £20, that’s just under £3 a day which isn’t a lot at all if you think about it. I know it’s hard, but you could make small sacrifices like deciding not to get a coffee that day to fund your savings (this could also be a gateway to another New Year’s resolution - stop spending £5 a day on coffee!!) If you stick to this, you’ll have £80 at the end of every month which you can use to treat yourself or roll over to the next month for even more savings. This resolution works much more effectively when you have a clear number and a goal to work towards. A resolution that’s too brief gives you leeway and you might not stick to it. This is also really good practise for when you have to save for important things in the future, so give it a go!
Focus a lot more on yourself - e.g. mental health, happiness, positive attitude
Your mental health should be your absolute number one priority every year, not just 2020! But if you’ve neglected it this year, don’t worry this is your year to get yourself back on track. There are so many little things you can do to make yourself happier, help you think more positively and to maintain a positive mental attitude, not just bring it on and then lose it.
You can keep a journal to write in regularly, and the content can be anything you like (e.g. one thing you’re grateful for every day, 3 good things that happened to you that day, a short paragraph of what happened that day and how you felt etc.)
You could decide to read one book every month, something you’ll really enjoy and stick to. Learn to let go of grudges and avoid thinking about things that have happened in the past. This is easier said than done, but you’ll be surprised how much time we as humans waste worrying about things and revisiting the past. It’s so important to look forward and leave the past in the past and once you do you’ll feel so much better and way more excited about the future. The past is the past for a reason!
Set reminders on your phone to do one thing every day that’ll make you feel happy (e.g. listen to your favourite song, take an amazing picture, cook your favourite dinner!)
When you’re feeling distressed or upset, compile a list to look back on of all the things that you’re grateful for/make you happy. When you’re feeling negative, it’s hard to see clearly. So having that list is a great reminder for you that what you’re feeling in that moment isn’t really you. Check out the blogs we’ve written on Mental Health Awareness for more help.
It’s apparent that we all spend way too much time on social media. Social media, although has positive impacts, also has huge negative impacts on our mental health. So to address this, you could lower your usage every day and do something more productive with your time. Instead of getting into bed at the end of the day and going through Instagram, you could write in your journal, read, draw, do a face mask, paint your nails, online shop, the list is endless!
Opt for healthier options when you go out for food
This will seem really difficult. I don’t know about you but I eat the worst things when I go out for food. What is it about going out for food that makes me want to order the biggest thing on the menu?! You might not stick to this 100%, but you could definitely vow to consider having some healthier options or something you haven’t tried before. Broaden your horizons! Although not at Nandos - we all have our set order and that will never change.
Don’t order takeaways too often
No matter how much you think you don’t have ANY food in the house, you can definitely cook up something you already have in. I think it’s fair to say that if you added up the amount you spent on takeaways in a month, it’s quite shocking. The delivery cost alone is ridiculous! Cooking up something nice doesn’t have to be loads of effort, you’ll thank yourself when it comes to wanting something important and not being able to afford it because you spent £15 on UberEats for one meal! So avoid this feeling because you know it’s the absolute worst, next time you want to order one just think - do I really need this?
Make better, conscious decisions when online shopping
The fast fashion industry can be seen in a hugely negative light when it comes to sustainability and ethics. To be more conscious, there are a huge number of small changes you can make to be more sustainable, which you can read more about on our blog here. You may also want to consider having a New Year’s Resolution as being more conscious when you order something online. Think to yourself, do you really need this? If you’re not 100% on something, send it back. Chances are you’ll think you like it when you first get it and try it on, but once it goes away in your wardrobe you might never wear/see it again - so be mindful, especially when buying from fast fashion sites!
Learn something new / start a hobby
One of the best New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new or start a hobby. This could be absolutely anything and doesn’t have to be time consuming in the slightest. A lot of people think a hobby means devoting a lot of time to something, when that’s not the case for everything. A new hobby could include learning a language, drawing, playing an instrument, photography, makeup, scrapbooking, cooking, online classes, yoga, creative writing, swimming, dance, the list is endless! For things like online classes and learning a language, it could just be once or twice a week for an hour. Things like scrapbooking, drawing and cooking, these could be done from your own home and as many times as you want. Having something else to focus on apart from work or uni is a nice way to refocus and put your energy into something you enjoy.
Drink more water
You can never drink too much water, so drinking more than what you do now can only mean more good for your body. Google benefits of drinking water, the list is endless. It delivers oxygen throughout the body, boosts skin health and beauty, makes minerals and nutrients accessible, boosts energy and the best thing of all - it reduces the chance of a hangover! Nothing bad has ever come from drinking water, so make a conscious effort daily to think - have I drank enough water? Set reminders on your phone, mark on a big water bottle how much you need to drink by a certain time, anything to keep you constantly hydrated and feeling good!
Celebrate your small wins
Cheering yourself on is so important, even when it’s something small, you deserve praise! If you did something small that’s out of your comfort zone, don’t forget to give yourself a little reward for it - like a hot bubble bath or a tub of your fave ice cream. Doing things like that will keep you in a constant positive frame of mind. Every day is an accomplishment and you’re lucky to be here! So make sure you give yourself credit for things and appreciate every small thing you’re proud of.
Have a daily money check-in with yourself
Assess the bank situ before you leave the house. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss and before you know it you’ve spent way too much in Primark buying home decorations like fairy lights and lamps. Come up with a weekly plan of what you want to spend and stick to it. Knowing how much you can spend a week and sticking to a budget plan is such good practise for the future when you genuinely do have to effectively budget everything in your life!
If you stick to any of these, you’ll be bettering yourself as a human being every single day. All of them require willpower but i’ve got absolutely no doubt in my mind that you can do it! See how you get on! :)