It’s that time of year again when we take stock of what’s been and turn our attention to what’s to come. If the idea of making lofty New Year’s resolutions has you feeling overwhelmed, then this one’s for you. Even the smallest changes can have a huge impact on your life — especially if you can turn them into micro-habits.
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Below we offer some super easy alternatives to some of the most common New Year resolutions.
Want to lost weight?
Swap the lift for stairs
Every building with an elevator or lift, will also have stairs. Try them some time
Ditch the wine for a seltzer
The average seltzer contains just 89 calories. That’s a lot less than a glass of wine which comes in at a whopping 300.
Drink more water
Water naturally suppresses your appetite and stimulates your digestive system.
Want to be a morning person?
Go to bed earlier
Studies show that getting an extra hour’s sleep can improve your mood and memory, and help you lose weight. What’s not to like?
Do two alarms instead of hitting snooze
Instead of hitting snooze on your 6am exercise alarm, set up two – the first for 15 minutes earlier. You’ll feel like you’ve cheated and get some extra rest.
Want to save money?
Plan your supermarket shop
Set aside time on the weekend to plan your meals for the week, including lunches. Often we spend unnecessarily when going to the supermarket unprepared.
Don’t shop hungry
A rumbling stomach and the supermarket are your bank account’s worst nightmare.
Set up automatic payments
Set up a recurring payment that coincides with your pay so you don’t have to think about it.
Unfollow brands/influencers that product push
What you don’t see, you won’t want. Hit unfollow on social media accounts that tempt you to purchase products you don’t need.
Buy your coffee/lunch once a week
Make it a day to look forward to instead of the norm.
Want to be more organised?
Start with your phone
This one is easy to do while watching TV. Delete apps you don’t use regularly, clear your camera roll and pop in all your recurring weekly reminders.
Hit unsubscribe on spam emails as they come in
It only takes a few seconds.
Want to improve your relationship/s?
Disconnect to connect
Give yourself 30 minutes a night to check your social media. Then, make a rule – the phone stays in another room for the remainder of the day/night.
Let go of relationships to make time for others
It sounds harsh but if you’re a people pleaser it’s the best thing you can do for your wellbeing and the relationships that matter most to you. Don’t be afraid to pull away from people who aren’t adding value to your life.
Easier said than done, right? There’s power in zipping it (occasionally) and just listening.
Say “I love you” every day
Make sure you’re loved ones know they’re loved, every day
Want to be more eco-conscious?
It’s more important than ever to shop closer to home. Not only does it help small businesses but generally speaking it’s better quality and ethically produced.
Turn it off
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy.
Educate yourself on what can and can’t be recycled, and the proper way to do it.
Eat a little less meat
Even if it’s just one or two days meat-free!
Compost wasted food
If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then compost it rather than bin it. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it will also reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.
Want to stress less?
Schedule in “me” time
A New Year resolution that’s actually fun. Whether it’s getting your nails done or something simple (and free) like watching your guilty pleasure TV show in peace.
Speak kindly to yourself
Talk internally or externally to yourself each morning. Think of five things you like about yourself or you’re proud of in that moment.
Stop blushing and laughing them off and say “thank-you” instead.
Unfollow on social media
Comparison is a huge culprit when it comes to stress. Remember social media feeds are filtered – they only show 1% of that person’s life.