When it comes to celebrating the New Year, it is a time-honoured tradition around the world. Regardless of your race, gender, or creed, we all unify to commemorate one successful full rotation around the sun. It’s a time for new beginnings, a physical template to metaphorically turning over a new leaf in our pursuit for a better future. But this year, New Year’s Resolutions are especially impactful given the fact that the year we’re leaving behind has been littered with difficulties in all shapes and sizes. 

 

If you’re anything like us and so many others, New Year’s Resolutions often involve reprioritizing old commitments, while reluctantly attempting to grasp new opportunities. Well, life is too short not to take that leap of faith, so perhaps the best New Year’s Resolution involves starting them before we get into 2022. We understand that you may have too much on your plate to think about making new commitments right now, so that’s why we compiled a few options to get you into the swing of things. 

Improve Your Health

Everyone’s go-to New Year’s Resolution always involves finally making those routine trips to the gym. This is a natural reaction after spending a holiday indulging in rich Christmas dinners and having that one family member tempting you to go for that second plate of food. But one of the biggest lessons to come out of 2021 comes in the form of managing our health. 

 

A healthy lifestyle just may be one of the keys to surviving this pandemic. However, this will differ from person to person. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a lot of self-discipline, so mapping out your goals is a very important part of this process. Do you need to quit smoking or drinking? How much weight do you want to lose (or gain?) Do you need a diet plan? How often do you want to exercise? It’s easier to start off with easier goals and document your progress so you can constantly work towards the milestones you have set for yourself.  Most importantly, you need to make journey enjoyable. Try finding activities that you enjoy, and perhaps surround yourself with company that make exercise feel more enjoyable than tedious. 

Pursue A Passion

As humans, we are filled to the brim with passion. Thanks to the 21st Century, we have access to our various passions at the touch of a button. We all have aspirations, dreams, and grand ambitions There’s always that one thing that has been sitting at the back of your mind, waiting for you to take action and bring it into fruition. Pick a goal that excites you the most and then find a way to set it in motion by chipping away at it every day. Starting this resolution earlier will allow you to achieve that goal earlier. 

Look After Your Mental Health

A healthy lifestyle goes hand in hand with a healthy mind. It’s important to find time for yourself to avoid burnout. For many, caring for a pet has many emotional, mental, and physical benefits. Everyone has their own method to detoxing from stress. That being said, if you find yourself struggling with your mental health, don’t be afraid to ask for help

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

With each year passing since the beginning of the pandemic, we have a greater longing and anticipation for things to go back to the way they were. But there is no questioning that we have all changed in some way. This is the perfect time to reflect on your growth over the past few years and really challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. The beauty about this resolution is that there is no task too small or too big. Try a new activity, explore a new space that you have never been to before, or simply try overcoming a fear. The sky is the limit, and the world is your oyster. Keep learning, keep trying new things, and never quit. 

Plan That Trip You Have Always Been Wanting

You know that dream trip that you have always wanted to go on? Well, why not just start planning it? For a better part of the year, we have been locked into the same environments day in and day out, and now that the vaccine has arrived, this may be the year to finally go on that trip that you have always wanted.  We never know when the opportunity might present itself again, so what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and experience that once in a lifetime trip.

Invest in Your Relationships

It goes without question that we have come to appreciate the simple joy of being surrounded by our loved ones. Making time for family and friends may be difficult when duty calls, but there’s many ways to show appreciation for our loved ones, no matter how big or small. Spending quality time together is vital, but if distance is a factor, then a simple call giving them some level of assurance goes a long way. 

 

The busier life gets, the easier it is to forget how important of a role friends play in our lives. Challenge yourself to spending more time with friends, looking to build new relationships, or simply reconnect with someone you lost touch with. 

 

The beauty of New Year’s Resolutions is that we have full control over them, and being diligent with our resolutions gives us better control over our lives. It’s time to take control and get back on track to the things we may have sidelined over the past few years. With the world around us constantly redefining the norm, maybe it’s time to redefine ourselves.