Have you also made New Year’s resolutions this New Year’s Eve? The turn of the year is the ideal time to finally put an end to bad habits that have crept in over the last few months. However, a fresh start into the new year can only be achieved with the right motivation. To ensure that this does not fall by the wayside, we have collected our best tips for achieving some popular New Year’s resolutions.
- New Year’s resolution No.1: Eating healthier
- New Year’s resolution No.2: More sport
- New Year’s resolution No.3: Working on your career
- New Year’s resolution No. 4: More time for the family
- Conclusion: How to make New Year’s resolutions work
New Year’s resolution No.1: Eating healthier
Perhaps after the opulent Christmas menus and rich New Year’s Eve buffets, it is no wonder that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to start a diet or finally eat healthier. A diet with whole foods and lots of fruit and vegetables is not only good for your body, but it also makes you feel good inside. If your body gets all the nutrients it needs, you will have plenty of energy for your projects in the new year and you will feel less tired. But how do you maintain focus when calorie-rich treats seem irresistible even after the holidays?
The solution is not to go on the latest crash diet and ban your favourite sweets forever. If you do not find the prospect of radical lifelong bans like “no more chocolate” particularly motivating, that is more than understandable. Strict black-and-white thinking will only make you give up on your New Year’s resolutions. Instead, it is better to change your habits slowly and permanently. On special occasions, you can still have some fries or a burger, but you should get into the habit of ordering a fresh salad and choosing less sweetened drinks. Or have your beloved spaghetti bolognese served with less meat sauce and more vegetables. It is less about taking something away and more about adding something to your meal. If you make vegetables and salads an integral part of all your meals, for example by always filling half of your plate with vegetables, you will automatically eat less of the typical “weight gainers” without having to make sacrifices. This is wonderful for your mindset: you stay motivated naturally because you do not forbid yourself anything. By making small changes to your diet you will not become slim overnight, but you will do something good for your body in the long run.
New Year’s resolution No.2: More sport
Wanting to exercise more is also a popular New Year’s resolution. The safest way to fail here, as with the change in diet, is to take on too much at once. If last year the couch was your favourite place and now on the 1st of January you plan on jogging five times a week, that cannot go well. 😉 Even the best plan is only effective if it is also implemented permanently. Therefore, set yourself small goals within the framework of your individual fitness level. Our best motivational tip for permanently integrating more sport into your life: Concentrate on how regular exercise makes you feel rather than on changing your appearance. Exercise not only gives you a toned figure, it can also help you reduce stress and stabilise your mood so you can face the challenges of your everyday life more easily. Once you have experienced how good and liberated regular exercise makes you feel, you will not want to miss it and you will find yourself getting into a regular fitness routine.
New Year’s resolution No.3: Working on your career
Many people dream of being able to ride the wave of professional success in the new year. New Year’s resolutions that revolve around a salary raise or a promotion to a more responsible position are therefore a common occurrence on New Year’s Eve. If you want to focus on your professional career in the new year, you should first take the time to reflect on your professional path so far. Even if it is not always easy to objectively assess your own achievements, self-reflection is now the order of the day. This will help you find out in which areas you might need to improve in order to take the next step in your career.
You do not have to dedicate your whole life to the job, but it is about proving your value to the company and acquiring new skills. This year, for example, make a commitment to attend more trainings than you have in the past. If you stay on track throughout the year, it will pay off sooner or later. But even if your boss does not approach you on his or her own, developing your skills will put you in a stronger position to negotiate later when you initiate discussions about your future career with the company.
New Year’s resolution No. 4: More time for the family
Taking more time for the family in the new year is one of the increasingly popular New Year’s resolutions due to our stressful everyday lives. The good news is that this resolution is actually one of the easiest to implement. Because we often overlook how many little time thieves have crept into our habits. We ignore the morning scroll through social networks and the series marathon we watch on Netflix in the evening. Once you become aware of your routine, it is easy to carve out a quarter of an hour here and there to devote to your loved ones instead.
For example, if you always spend your lunch break alone in front of your smartphone, you might as well spend a few minutes during that time responding to a text message from your partner or showing your kids you are thinking about them by sending a funny meme. You can also combine several New Year’s resolutions and create more family time by having a healthy dinner together, for example. This way, everyone in the family can enjoy a nutritious meal and the extra time can be spent telling stories or sharing the day’s events.
Conclusion: How to make New Year’s resolutions work
When it comes to implementing our New Year’s resolutions, we are often our own worst enemy. As humans, we are creatures of habit, and getting rid of cherished routines rarely works overnight. The solution to success is to avoid excessive pressure. Instead of strict plans that are almost impossible to implement, we should set ourselves small, achievable goals. This way we stay motivated and finally see real results this year instead of failed New Year’s resolutions!
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