Most of us ended 2023 the same way: everyone shouting from 10 while counting down to 1 surrounded by friends and family, laughter, and smiles. Some of us may have even started 2024 the same way: hugging our loved ones or kissing our significant others as the clock struck midnight. However, something we ALL came into 2024 with was the hopes and aspirations we have to stick to our new and improved selves or at least to work towards it. If you are anything like me, you have looked back at your past New Year's Resolutions and realized they were too vague, maybe too specific, but most importantly, something you did not stick to. Well, here are New Year's Resolutions WORTH sticking to, how to achieve them, and why!
Drink More Water
As my water tracking app likes to remind me, "Thousands have lived without love, not one without water". Water is a necessity for our bodies as it helps with digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and helps maintain body temperature. To sum it up though, it is SUPER important for us!
More importantly, water is good for your TEETH! Water helps with dry mouth, and plaque can't build up in a mouth that is clean and hydrated! Ensuring to stay hydrated is a New Year's Resolution that can't be missed!
How to Achieve:
It can be pretty overwhelming to know how many ounces of water your body needs a day to stay healthy! Start with an achievable goal and then work your way up! It's also important to realize that once your body gets into the habit of consuming more water, it won't feel like you are forcing yourself to constantly take a sip from your water bottle. There is no magical number I can give you as to how much water you should be drinking daily, do your research, and listen to your body!
Plant Nanny is a great app that allows you to water your plants as you drink water; you can kill your plants by not sticking to your goals!
If you're indecisive about which water bottle is right for you, check out this great article that has plenty of great options for different lifestyles! 18 of the Very Best Water Bottles
Sitting around all day, whether it be for work or otherwise, is draining for our bodies. Exercise is known to control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improve mood, boost energy, and promote better sleep. If you're looking to improve your physical health, this New Year's resolution should be top priority on your list.
How to Achieve:
First, it is important to figure out what kind of exercise makes you feel EXCITED to work out! The #1 reason why we fail at our fitness goals is that we try to force ourselves into a lifestyle that we do not find interesting. Believe me, simply wanting to see results will not push you out of bed on those days you really lack motivation.
Figure out, do you like working out with friends? One person? Maybe your significant other? Alone? Is music a motivating factor?. And don't forget - there are many different workout options to try, so don't give up just because you hate jogging! Go for a spin class, find a local yoga studio, or dance your heart out to your favorite songs! Figuring out what brings you pure joy will be your best bet to sticking to your fitness goal!
Do More Self-Care
Putting yourself first can be an extremely daunting task, especially if you are used to constantly being there for everyone at all times. Self-care is proven to improve self-love, and positivity, and give you a sense of tranquility. It is important to remember that you are a person too! You DESERVE some you time!
How to Achieve:
Look at your busy week ahead and set time aside to focus on yourself. Most importantly, STICK TO IT. Don't let other plans pressure you into taking away your quality time! Self-care has no time limit. Need 20 minutes? Need 2 hours? Take the time you need because it's YOUR time! Self-care also looks different for everyone! Catch me meditating, taking a long bath, and using my Novashine LED Teeth Whitening Kit on my self-care days!
Spend More Time with the People You Love
Amid the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, let's not forget what really matters – our loved ones. Whether it's family, buddies, or your ride-or-die crew, this resolution is all about soaking up good times together. Because, let's face it, there's nothing like shared jokes, heart-to-heart talks, and the cozy feeling of being surrounded by people who genuinely care. This resolution is your reminder to put the phone down, step away from the laptop, and make time for the people who make your world brighter.
How to Achieve:
Make plans in advance and do your best to stick to them! There's no need to find an excuse when it comes to spending time with those you care about. Everything in life comes and goes, family stays forever (and really good friends too)!
Embarking on a journey of New Year's resolutions can be a transformative experience if approached with intention and commitment. As we navigate the fresh chapter of a new year, it's crucial to recognize that resolutions are not mere promises but opportunities for personal growth and positive change. Focus on realistic and sustainable goals, be compassionate, and embrace the journey with resilience. Here's to a year filled with meaningful resolutions and the joy of becoming the best versions of ourselves. Cheers to a year of growth, progress, and the fulfillment of resolutions worth cherishing!