It’s the first week of January, which in our eyes is when the new year’s resolutions really begin. But, with a pretty uncertain year ahead, it can be hard to figure out which goals you’ll actually be able to achieve, you know… given the circumstances.
We’re here to put 7 realistic goals on your radar – the ‘no pressure’ and ‘easy-to-achieve’ kind that you can keep to yourselves. Ready?
No matter what your situation, learning a new skill will always benefit you. This one doesn’t have to be something boring or difficult like learning a new language or mastering the violin. Instead, you can try something super simple like learning how to do a new football trick or how to make the perfect poached eggs on toast. The sense of achievement you’ll get will still be pretty great.
You might have thought you’ve mastered keeping in touch with loved ones, but can you actually remember your last Zoom quiz before Christmas or the last time you rang someone just to say hi? As our ‘new lives’ start to feel more normal, it can be easy to fall out of the habit of reaching out – so why not try to make this a priority in 2021, paying close attention to those you didn’t see all of last year.
Although your weekend plans may always involve some sort of long walk, a great resolution to have is to try and get some fresh air every day. It doesn’t have to be for very long, but being cooped up inside as much as we are isn’t great for a multitude of things including our mental health, skin and energy levels. Aim for just five to ten minutes during your lunch hour and you’ll soon notice the benefits.
Whether you’re working from home or not, it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a solid sleeping pattern at the moment, regressing back to our 14-year old summer-holiday selves. Introducing that element of routine into your day-to-day will soon prove itself as one of the ultimate new year’s resolutions. Even better, it’s fairly easy to achieve (with a little bit of discipline). Set an alarm for both your bedtime and wake up time – making sure it’s the same each day – and stick to the schedule. Simple.
Now more than ever, so many people around us are in need of your help, making this the perfect time to start volunteering. Think about helping out the vulnerable in your area with their food shopping, dog walking or tutoring or think bigger scale like helping out at a homeless shelter or food banks. Whatever you choose to do, those you help will be grateful and this will also help to boost your mood and self-esteem.
We’re all about setting realistic, easy-to-manage goals this year, so rather than saying, ‘I want a six-pack by summer’ or, ‘I will only eat bad food on Friday’s’, instead go simply for, ‘I will move more’. You may notice some difference to your physique by doing this, but the main reason is to get you outside, improve your mental health and feel more energised.
Your bed may have become your office in recent months but, even if you are spending your days at home, a good goal is to make your bed every single day. This way you’re forced to get up and work somewhere possibly more productive, like your desk or dining room table. Not to mention, by doing this, you will have accomplished your first task of the day which in turn encourages you to complete more tasks as the day goes on.