Escape The Norm With These 5 New Years Resolution Ideas

10/01/2019

It’s the time of year that everyone is making new year’s resolutions and goals for the year ahead. Some we’re all too familiar with like getting fit or eating healthier, but what about if you’re looking for something different to focus on for the next 12 months?

We’ve put together 5 slightly different new year’s resolutions that you can try out.

1. Make time for yourself

We all know that making time for yourself is important and that we need some good quality R&R. However, how many of us actually get “me time” regularly?

Different people need different amounts of time to themselves to properly recharge. For some, 10 minutes is enough, but for others a few hours or even a whole day might be needed.

Firstly you need to work out whether you need more or less time to yourself. Once you’ve got that figured out, you can make sure you get the time you need by scheduling it in your calendar. Treat “me time” like any other appointment you’d stick to, because it’s just as important!

For the new year, get into the habit of scheduling time to yourself.

This time can take many forms. For shorter recharges, try some of these ideas:

If you need more time to yourself, you could try:

Try to schedule different amounts of “me time”. Aim to have shorter amounts more often, with longer amounts once or twice a month. Allowing yourself to properly relax and destress will have benefits for your physical and mental health, sleep, and much more.

2. Reduce your screen time

We spend a lot more time looking at screens than we ever have before. Whether we’re looking at our phones, laptops, or TV’s, we all have to admit that we spend way too much time looking at screens. This year, set yourself the goal to reduce your screen time.

Cutting the time down will look different for everyone depending on your situation. If your job involves sitting at a computer all day there isn’t much that you can change about that, but you can make small changes outside of your work time.

Try to avoid spending your lunch break scrolling through social media and get outside for a short walk, or eat lunch with your colleagues.

We can all make an effort to reduce our time mindlessly scrolling on our phones. iPhones can now show you how much time you’ve spent on your phone each day, which can reveal some shocking results! Set yourself limits like not checking your phone for at least 30 minutes after you wake up, and 2 hours before bed. Dedicate certain times of day as “phone free”. You can also apply the same principles to your laptop and TV.

Swap screen time for time outside, getting tasks done, socialising, and so on. Reducing your screen time can also drastically impact your sleep quality.

3. Start a 30 day challenge

Challenges are a great way to make a change and see quick results. In 30 days you will have achieved something, as opposed to many new year's resolutions that tend to take longer to accomplish.

Here are some challenge ideas you could take part in.

30 day exercise challenge

There’s a lot of different challenges you can try, including:

A simple Google image search for “30 day exercise challenge” will bring up hundreds of possibilities, so there will be something no matter what you want to try.

These challenges are easy to stick to as the goals for each day are already laid out, and normally take a very short amount of time to achieve.

No spend month

This challenge is as simple as it sounds: Don’t spend any money on non-essentials for a whole month.

This is a great challenge to take on if you’re trying to save money, or want to bring your spending under control. It’s down to you to define your “essentials”, and then stick to that list.

Examples would be:

How strictly you stick to the list will determine how successful you are. For example, food shopping is counted as an essential, however, picking up unneeded snacks during your food shop isn’t.

Sleep challenge

Most people are sleep deprived without realising it, and lack of sleep can play havoc on our day to day lives and our health. On average we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Our sleep can be a much better quality if we go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.

For this challenge, set your bed time to the same time each night and stick to it. Maybe at first you can try it for 7 days instead of 30, but the longer you can commit the better. Many people have tried this challenge, allowing themselves to get a good 8 hours in each night, and it doesn’t take long for them to notice a difference.

Sometimes it may not be possible to stick to your dedicated bed time due to social occasions or kids, but if you can commit for a consecutive number of days you’ll soon see the benefits enough sleep can have.

Quit something for 30 days

The great thing about this challenge is that it can be as easy or as challenging as you like, and it can be completely customisable.

Quitting something for 30 days can help you kick a habit or reduce your consumption of something drastically. Here’s a few ideas of things you can quit:

4. Take more photos

Over the new year many people took to social media to share their memories and photos from the previous 12 months. How many of you realised that you either had hardly any of your own photos to look back on, or could only think back to what you were doing in November?

For the year ahead you can set yourself the resolution to document things more. Taking photos create a visual snapshot of a time, place, and the people present. They’re also good at resparking memories when looked back on.

This doesn’t mean that you need to get snap happy, but simply take a photo when on a family walk, when spending time with friends, or when celebrating something. Whenever you are doing something that you would like to remember further down the line, take a photo. It doesn’t need to be shared on social media, but at the end of the year (and for many years to come) it can serve as a reminder.

Don’t forget to have your favourite photos printed.

5. Save money

The resolution to save money can be as easy or as challenging as you want to make it. You can set the goal to save a certain amount of money by the end of the year, or each month, and adjust the amount to suit you.

Having a goal for your savings can help to keep you motivated, such as saving up an emergency fund, for a holiday, to overpay on your mortgage, or to help reevaluate your spending choices.

You can start this resolution off small and revisit the numbers in a few months to see if any changes need to be made.

What will your resolution be?

Do you have any new year’s resolutions? What are they and how do you plan on sticking to them? Let us know in the comments below!

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