Every year, on January 1, people start the uphill battle that is a "New Year's resolution." Most people are so gung-ho about what they plan to do with their lives in the coming year that they actually forget to go about living their lives.
The most common New Year's resolutions usually involve quitting some bad habit like smoking or drinking, or deal with losing weight and getting back into shape, all of which can be extremely stressful. With that being said, resolutions don't have to have such a drastic impact on your life, sometimes the simplest of things can have a positive impact on who you are as a person moving forward through the New Year.
Here are 8 simple New Year's resolutions that anyone can do without having to deal with the massive stressful side effects of more demanding ideas.
1. Stop procrastinating.
We are all guilty of this in some form or fashion. I often look around my house at bits of work that I know I need to do, but I continue to say "I'll deal with that another day," and then that day never seems to come. When you have something you can be doing just get up and do it. The sense of finishing something brings with it its own feeling of accomplishment.
2. Organize your paperwork.
Beaurocratic nonsense is still the way of the world, and no matter what we choose to do with our lives, it is always accompanied by a mountain of paperwork that never seems to get organized. The chaos of trying to find one little piece of paper in order to get something done can stress you out to the max. Spend a day just going through all the odd bits of paper you have lying around and see what's important. Then organize it into a system that you understand.
3. Keep a journal.
We as people tend to spend a lot of time bottling up our emotions and feelings. There is a certain amount of fear that goes with expressing those to anyone because we don't know how people are going to react. But do you know who will neither judge you, nor make fun of you? A journal. Write down your private thoughts and you will find that some of the load has been lifted off your shoulders.
4. Learn something new everyday.
It is important to keep your body in shape, sure. But it is also important to make sure that you take care of your mind. Get yourself one of those little calendars filled with obscure facts or quotes so that you can add to your storehouse of knowledge every day. You really never know when some inane fact is going to come in handy.
5. Learn a new skill.
Is there something you have always wished that you knew how to do? For me it was sewing. I had to learn on the fly when my daughter started bringing home Girl Scout badges that needed to go on her sash. It was kind of fun to learn how to do something I never dreamed that I would have to figure out. Now I even find sewing relaxing and fun. What do you want to learn?
6. Go somewhere.
2018 is the year that you decide that you're going to actually go on that trip that you have always wanted to do. This ties in to not procrastinating, just get up and do it, you deserve it. You will come back feeling fulfilled and refreshed, trust me.
7. Read more.
We spend way to much time staring into the screens of our televisions or other electronic devices. It can be time consuming, and nothing actually comes from it usually. Try sitting down at least once a week and reading a good old-fashioned book. Create a reading list of things you have always wanted to read, and just try and get through as many as you have time for.
Resolutions are usually about doing something for yourself, but they can also be about doing something for others. It might seem like a bit of an imposition to leave your busy lives behind to do something selfless, but it will feel great once you realize what you have done. It might even help shake some of that guilt out of your mind.
What is your New Year's resolution? Let us know in the comments.