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New Year’s Resolutions We Should All Try To Keep

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 18, 2015 | Categories: Green, Health and Fitness

New Year resolutions

Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? The start of a new year provides us with a chance to look at our lives and make positive changes for the coming months. While you may have already made your resolutions, it can be beneficial to make resolutions that are focused on helping others as well as yourself.

Take Time for Yourself

People are busy, and between work, taking care of children, school, and other obligations it can be difficult to find time for yourself. However, setting aside some time to meditate is scientifically proven to help you relax and can actually trigger positive changes in the way your brain responds to stress. If you’ve never meditated before, consider taking a class or find resources online that will help you learn some tips and techniques to maximize the time you spend in this personal “timeout.”

Get Moving

You already know that you should exercise regularly for optimal health, but many people think that means you have to pay for a gym membership or find some fancy group aerobics classes. The truth is that your body needs movement—any kind of movement—to be healthy. Physical activity helps you brain create new neurons that will improve your memory and help you learn new things as you get older. Start small with a little bit of exercise, such as a 10-minute walk in the morning and evening, and make it a daily habit.

Make Social Connections

Social connections are critical to happiness and well-being, and we’re not talking about social media. In fact, too much time on social media is proven to make us feel less happy. Disconnect from your computer or smartphone and have a conversation with a friend, call your mom or dad and talk to them regularly, or join a book club to get some actual social conversation going.

Volunteer in Your Community

Doing good for others has the added benefit of being good for you. While weight loss and organization are great ways to feel better, getting out and serving others is proven to make people happier and more mindful of their community. Sign up to volunteer a couple of hours a week and see what a big difference it makes in your life.

Start Recycling

Recycling used to be something that only the tree-huggers cared about, but today many people are becoming aware of the importance of reducing consumption and recycling to eliminate landfill waste. Check the web for information about how to start recycling, Recyclebank has some great resources, or see if your community already has a recycling program in place and resolve to participate, or get one started this year.

22 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions We Should All Try To Keep

  1. These are awesome! My biggest challenge this year is to declutter and organize.

  2. Raijean says:

    Great suggestions, I agree… especially the taking time for myself! I’m working on it.

  3. Miranda Wood says:

    I like these. Mine for this year is to be more forgiving, especially to myself.

  4. md kennedy says:

    These sound so basic, and should be easy. But, they are critical to a healthy, sustainable life and are in fact hard to adapt as habits. Great reminder that we need to adopt them ASAP and fully!

  5. Jenn says:

    These are great, simple enough to follow but so important for improving your life.

  6. Billie says:

    I need to work on everything on this list, great reminders.

  7. Kait says:

    I definitely agree with these. The more general the more you will stick with them too!

  8. Colleen says:

    Of all of thee the one I need to work on is get moving. Right now anytime I do anything I’m exhausted because I need to get in shape.

  9. HilLesha says:

    I never really make any resolutions for the New Year (just goals throughout the whole year), but these are all wonderful resolutions!

  10. mai tran says:

    I think I need to do all of those except “quit smoking” since I don’t smoke. The hardest commitment seems to be “get fit”.

  11. veronica lee says:

    I totally agree with these. Thanks for the reminders!

  12. I already did some of the new years resolutions here such as having time for myself and get moving. I want to make my resolutions a reality that’s why I really do it. 🙂

  13. Tania B says:

    Great list. I think each of these is on my own personal list but I am especially trying to volunteer in my community this year.

  14. Penelope says:

    I always want to get moving more, but never actually do. I wish I had more motivation in that respect.

  15. Sandy Weinstein says:

    my big challenge will be to stay off of the pc and get back in shape and lose abt 10lbs…

  16. Liz Mays says:

    I think working out can start in small ways like you said. Something is better than nothing and it all leads to good things!

  17. ashlee says:

    I agree with almost all of the new year’s resolutions posted! my personal one is get fit.

  18. Great resolutions we should all try to keep. I’m really trying to keep mine this year.

  19. Diana Scholz says:

    I tried so hard to save money last year, unfortunately, it didn’t work! Here’s to the new year, hopefully this is the year!

  20. Crystal says:

    What a great list. I’ve spent more time volunteering this year, and it’s been really rewarding.

  21. Angela Warren says:

    Love the list of resolutions. Mine is to be more organized

  22. Marcie W. says:

    I never make resolutions but I do make goals and really like to set ones that I know I can accomplish. I don’t do well with failure.