15 New Year’s Resolution ideas to make the best of your 2017!

  1. Learn Something New Every Day:

Learn something new every day in order to have a better understanding of the world and how it works. Luckily, the internet makes it incredibly easy to learn new things.  You could watch a “DIY” or “How To” videos on YouTube, watch a TED Talk every morning, learn something interesting or travel places.

  1. Make time for exercise:

Just 20 minutes a day of moderate physical activity can boost energy, improve mood and keep certain dangerous health conditions like high blood pressure at bay. Walking, swimming and mowing the lawn fall into the category of moderate exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be tedious. In fact, it can even be fun. Take a dance class, go hiking or join a local sports team to get the blood flowing.

  1. Read More Books:

The brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

  1. Stop procrastinating:

The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many useful tips out there to find your way to stop procrastinating. There are also tools which can help you achieve this task.

  1. Get more quality sleep:

With big TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be gunning for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and there are fairly simple ways to achieve this number if you make use of science and everyday hacks.

  1. Learn a new language:

Not only will learning a new language help improve your communication skills, it will also look great on your resume and possibly open up some doors for you. These days there are plenty of resources that allow you to learn a language for free and in your spare time.

  1. Volunteer and give more to charity:

To devote your time and energy to helping those in need is a noble gesture and a reward in itself, but it is also an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and boost your resume.

  1. Learn to let go of grudges and avoid moping:

Times can be hard, and it may take a lot to overcome adversity, but sitting around and moping about it is just counterproductive. If you have a big fight with someone and fall out or get hurt over a small issue, you will only lose a friend or life partner and remain sad and bitter. Forgiveness is a much healthier way to deal with issues that should be left in the past.

  1. Go see your doctor more often:

Staying healthy should be your top priority, but many people seem frightened of doctors and don’t go to the hospital nearly as often as they should, often waiting for their condition to significantly worsen. Regular checkups are a must, no matter how healthy you feel at the moment.

  1. Spend less time on social media:

Some people might not spend hours in front of the TV, or playing video games, but social media has become a serious addiction among a wide range of demographics. It’s fine to stay in touch with friends and family, but if you consistently spend more than an hour every day on social media, it’s time to make a change.

  1. Face your fears and insecurities:

You will find this particular point masked beneath other New Year’s resolutions, but fear and insecurity are often the cause of several problems that we want to address. You need to think of it as surviving and controlling your fear rather than overcoming it, and it will enable you to shed off a lot of the insecurities that you have.

  1. Become a better time manager:

Time is an invaluable asset and should be spent wisely. Learning where to expend energy, and where not to, has innumerable benefits, including less stress, more free time, fewer mistakes and improved production.

  1. Manage your debt:

The peace of mind that comes with taking control of debt can do wonders for overall health. The first step to getting on track financially is to get organized. Make a list of all debts, including minimum monthly payments and due dates. Create a bill payment calendar to remind you which payments are due when.

  1. Reconnect with estranged friends or family:

Holding grudges can be toxic. It’s time to exorcise the old demons that foster ill will toward others. The first step toward mending a broken relationship is to own up to a mistake. The easiest part of any relationship breakdown is to place blame on the other of how they wronged, hurt, offended or betrayed you, but what’s harder and more crucial, is to look in the mirror first and foremost in order to take ownership of what you contributed to the conflict.

  1. Meditate:

You’ll be amazed at how mediation will transform your mental and physical self. Just 10 minutes of deep breathing and quieting the mind can improve your mood, productivity and energy in ways you never knew was possible. A simple technique is to count slowly to ten while breathing in and out to ten as you breathe out. This deep breath instantly slows your heartbeat and calms the body and mind. It’s a great tip to remember if you get stressed or anxious!


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