Where many people fail in achieving their New Year’s resolutions is going into it with an all-or-nothing mentality. For example, if your idea of exercise consists of your walk from the car to the office, maybe don’t make it your resolution to start working out 7 days per week. You won’t stick to it, and you’ll probably pull a muscle or two.
So how do you make New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep?
- Make your goals specific and measurable
- Focus on building habits and improving what you’re already doing
- Make sure your goals are important and meaningful to you
- Celebrate small wins to stay motivated in the long term
Here are a few examples to get you thinking!
1. Try 1 new plant-based recipe per week
There's one New Year's resolution that should be on everyone’s list and that's eating fewer animal products. A few of the benefits – beyond reducing your climate footprint – include better health and improved weight management. When you’re writing your grocery list for the week ahead, choose 1 new plant-based recipe you’ve had your eye on and pick up the ingredients in your weekly shop. Unsure where to start? Check out the recipes section on our website for quick, easy, nourishing plant-based meal ideas featuring our Raw Protein, Supplements, and Açaí.
2. Schedule all your annual health appointments in one go
Pick a day this week (or month) to sit down and book in your 2023 health and wellness appointments. These might include a visit to the dentist, optometrist, skin cancer clinic, and gynaecologist (for the ladies), as well a trip to your local GP for a routine blood test and overall check-up. Future you will thank you for being so organised!
3. Try 1 new workout per month
To shake things up and feel excited for exercise, try one new workout every week (or even weekly if it fits with your schedule). Get a visitor pass at your friend’s gym or at a studio in your area, or even try a new online workout in the comfort of your lounge room! If you’re not sure what you want to try, ClassPass gives you access to fitness studios in most cities via a month-to-month membership. The variety will keep you from getting bored and you might find a new favourite workout!
4. Designate 1 night per week to self-care
Self-care looks different for everybody – it could mean doing a face mask, taking a bath, getting a massage, treating yourself to takeout and a glass of wine, organising your pantry, or booking in time to talk to your therapist. It can be something that makes you feel relaxed and calm, or something that’s practical and productive. Whatever it is, regular practice will do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
5. Listen to at least 1 new podcast each week
Podcasts are a convenient way to learn something new, stimulate the brain, or just be entertained. Listen while you’re folding the laundry, driving to work, cooking dinner, or working out – they’re ideal for multitaskers. From true crime and politics to comedy, self-help, history, and current events, there’s something for everyone. Mix it up each week and you’ll never be bored. Plus, you might learn something interesting you can use to impress your friends at your next dinner party!
6. Use Sunday as a reset day
A Sunday reset involves setting aside some personal time (at least an hour) to prepare for a productive week ahead. This could include doing a quick tidy of the house, grocery shopping, meal prepping, or moving your body (hello endorphins!). It can also include feel-good tasks like phoning a friend or family member to check in on them, reading, journaling, or having an early night so you’re mentally prepared for Monday.