OK, so guess how many people break their resolutions within a month of making them? Would you be shocked if we told you that it’s a whopping 80 percent? And yet, just like it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, somehow most of us fall into the tradition of making a resolution—whether we’re gonna be successful at keeping it or not.
This year, let’s honor tradition but with a twist. Rather than telling yourself that you’re going to lose 25 pounds by Valentine’s Day or pay all of your debts off by summer, take some pressure off by actually making resolutions that are so much easier to keep.
If you need a little inspiration, here are 10 to get you started:
Wake up 30 minutes earlier.
You’d be amazed what you can get done if you have 30 extra minutes in the morning to do it. You can exercise. You can finish up your project for work. Or, can pack your lunch so you don’t have to waste money on fast food. Or even, you can use it to find a quicker way to work. No matter how you look at it, getting up earlier is always a step in the right direction.
Take some evening primrose oil.
If you’re looking for a supplement to add to your health regimen in 2019, our vote is evening primrose oil. Whether you’re fighting acne, PMS or menopause symptoms, after a couple of months of taking it, you’ll see a noticeable different. (That’s a promise!)
Cut (way) back on dairy.
65–75 percent of us are lactose intolerant. That’s probably because humans are the only mammals who drink another mammal’s milk. Aside from the fact that the calcium in cow’s milk isn’t even the kind that our bones (properly) digest, the mucus dairy creates along with the antibiotics that are found in a lot of ‘em is enough of a motivator to take a calcium supplement and opt for a dairy substitute instead of going the usual dairy route. (Almond milk, anyone?)
Create a monthly bucket list.
Personally, we think that bucket lists are more productive than resolutions. We think it’s because they take on a more exciting approach; they’re about trying new things instead of burdening yourself with what you probably don’t enjoy doing anyway.
Make you’re your best year yet by being intentional about doing (at least) five never-been-done before things a month. It could be something as “small” as trying a new flavor of ice cream or something as big as flying to another country. You’ll be thrilled by how much life you lived by the time 2020 rolls around.
Have (more) sex in the afternoon.
Guess when the best time to have sex is? You ready? Reportedly, it’s at 3pm. That’s when women’s stress levels give her more energy and men are producing the most estrogen so that they want to cuddle more. We know that’s not the most convenient time of the day, but if there was ever a motivator to either take a long lunch break or finish up early, this would have to be it!
Put 3-5 percent of each check aside for pampering.
When you combine all of what’s on your to-do list with all that you do for other people, pampering yourself isn’t something that you should see as a luxury; it should definitely be seen as a necessity. If you make $1,500 a month and you set aside three percent, that’s just $45. Five percent is $75. You certainly deserve at least that much for a mani/pedi, massage, a favorite bottle of wine or all of the above.
Go to bed without your cell phone.
There is no good reason to sleep with your cell phone. Aside from the fact that it exponentially increases your chances of getting cancer (due to all of the radiation in it), the light on the screen can also throw off your circadian rhythm. It’s what affects your metabolism, your moods and even your appetite. #phoneoff
Cut eating out in half.
Did you know that, on average, we spend $1700-2000 a year on fast food or takeout? Not only is that a nice chunk of change but eating out is a lot less healthy than cooking. There’s no telling what kind of special things you could do for yourself or bills you could pay off if you stayed out of your local drive-thrus more often. No one is saying to never have a burger. We’re just saying to get one (at least) half the time less than you (might) currently do it.
Send a thank-you note to someone once a month.
If you want to reduce stress in your own life while putting a smile on the face of a family member, friend or even a co-worker, purchase some pretty stationary and commit to handwriting a thank-you note no less than once a month. Making the time to show an act of appreciation always makes others feel better, plus sharing your emotions is proven to be beneficial for your health and well-being too.
Take a staycation once a season.
We all don’t have the time or funds to take lots of vacations. But the next best thing is a staycation. A long weekend at home without your phone on, a mid-week stay at a posh hotel, a romantic weekend at a local bed and breakfast—whatever it is, treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation by making time for a staycation once during the spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. It’ll give you something extra-special to look forward to all year long.
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