Each year, millions of us make new years resolutions. Millions of us fail. In the first week of January we force ourselves to take out gym memberships, buy Fitbits and Nutribullets in the hope of getting fit, we tell ourselves we’ll stop drinking or smoking, and yet the majority of us don’t stick to them.
By not sticking to our resolutions, we can become even more critical of ourselves and it isn’t healthy for our self-esteem.
I’ve set myself eight new year goals that are actually achievable in 2019.
Drink a litre of water every day
As far as health is concerned, the best thing we can do to improve our health is to drink more water.
Another healthy eating idea – try having a day, or a few days, without meat each week. Not only is it good for you, it is good for the environment.
Make your bed every single morning
Your room will look cleaner and you will have already done something productive – a great habit to get in to.
Put £15 into a savings account each week
If you can, try to put some money into a savings account each week. This year I want to save £15 a week, which means this time next year I will have saved £780. I plan to save this £15 by not buying that unnecessary coffee, or not spending as much on a night out.
Commit to a skincare routine
Find products that suit your skin and your concerns and try to stick to it twice a day. If you aren’t sure how to make a routine, ask someone on a skincare counter in your local drugstore. When our skin is clear, we feel more confident.
Read every night before bed
Rather than scrolling through twitter or instagram before you fall asleep, why not read a chapter of a book? Light from screens can mess with sleeping patterns and it stimulates your brain which makes it more difficult to sleep.
Reading relaxes your mind and is so good for your vocabulary and creativity. Here are some of our suggestions on what to read in the New Year. If you’re not into fiction then check out these books.
Learn to cook a new meal each month
Go to an online recipe site, find some interesting dishes you’d like to know how to make, print them out and try a new one each month.
You will have learned to cook 12 new meals by the end of the year. This is also a great date idea or something fun to do with your housemates at uni.
Eat breakfast every morning
Sounds easy, but in fact, a huge number of us totally forget to eat breakfast before work or school. Eating breakfast sets you up for the day, stops you from snacking and kickstarts your metabolism.