Just shy of 75% of adult Americans made at least one New Year’s resolution for 2021.
Hopefully, if you were in this category, you’re still following through on your resolutions.
If not, that’s okay. Even making small changes can make a big difference in the quality of one’s life.
I thought it would be helpful to list some alternatives for those of us who may have bitten off more than we can chew with our 2021 goals.
The most popular New Year’s resolution every year is, of course, to lose weight.
More than two-thirds of adult Americans are considered obese. If you’re like myself, the idea of going on a low-carb diet is downright terrifying.
Instead, only eat pizza once a week. As awful as that sounds, maybe it’s time to put some space between you and your pizza delivery driver.
But make sure you let him know, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Another popular resolution is to exercise more often.
While millions of Americans will flock to gyms and join in on the dreadful jazzercise and cycling classes that always seem to be held at ungodly hours in the morning, try incorporating more exercise throughout your day. Instead of circling the parking lot of Target for the best spot up front, park in the very back.
Unless it’s raining.
Then you should sprint through the automated doors and get your cardio in for the day.
Once you’re inside, try going down every aisle twice instead of the usual one time. Your wallet may not thank you, but your waist band certainly will.
(If they don’t, just buy new ones. You’re at Target.)
Traveling more often is a common resolution as well.
As far as an alternative goes, I’ve got nothing. Take the trip. Use your vacation days.
And don’t forget that during a job interview, you can negotiate more vacation time.
Research has shown that not taking a healthy break from work can lead to a wide range of unwelcome mental and physical effects on the average person. Even if it’s just a short road trip, get out and explore the world outside of your office.
With your mask on, of course.
Many Americans start their year off with the goal of getting more organized.
In the last few years the KonMari method, or the “art of tidying up,” became a popular trend for those trying to become more organized.
In short, the method encourages sorting everything you own by category and then discarding the things that no longer spark joy.
This does not mean you should throw out your washer and dryer (because doing the laundry is anything but joyous), or even your spouse (yikes), but it encourages a minimalistic approach to your household.
Those Tupperware containers that lost their lids less than a week after you bought them? Toss em’. The jeans you kept from high school that you keep telling yourself you’ll fit back into one day? Donate them. Decluttering your home is comparative to decluttering your mind.
No matter what your Resolutions for this year are, focusing on becoming a better you this year is what’s most important. Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water and jump on that treadmill every now and then.
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”