Try one of these surprisingly powerful New Year resolutions

New Year resolutions don’t have to be unachievable or boring. We round-up some surprisingly powerful small changes you can make to your life in 2021.

2020…it’s the year that feels like it will never end, but alas, it’s about to…finally. It’s been a hard year for all of us, so we wouldn’t blame you if diets and detoxes weren’t on your priorities list for next year. But, instead of thinking about 2021 goals as a pain in the butt, why not think of them as a way to celebrate finishing this dumpster fire of year?! Next year is a chance to celebrate the potential of what’s to come and commit to a few fresh goals.

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When it comes to New Year resolutions, we’re not talking about unachievable feats like 48-hour fasts, intense workout schedules or ridiculously strict weekly budgets. Those tend to make you feel overwhelmed, and by January 20th, you’re ready to get back to the same old, same old. We’re big believers in the motto, “Progress, not perfection” pursuing a few goals in small steps, called micro-habits.

To inspire you for next year, we’ve pulled together a diet-free list of resolutions that are *actually* achievable, and can work in with your busy lifestyle.

Support local

After the events of this year, we’ve all shifted to supporting local – and we’re all about it. Whether it’s your local café, yoga studio, clothing store or a Kiwi-owned supplement brand (hi!), every bit of local support makes a huge difference after an especially tough year for business owners.

Drink more water

A lot of us don’t drink the amount of water we need each day. And yet here we are, another year, and another year of wanting to drink more water, but not really knowing where to start. Start small by replacing 1-2 drinks a day with water. Maybe you replace your second cup of coffee with a glass or two of water.

Be more organised

Organised people tend to achieve more, including their New Year’s resolutions. There’s something to be said for the power of writing a task down. Not only does it imprint in the mind a little more but organising your day – whether it’s to-do list or a weekly diary – helps you feel more organised and less overwhelmed by what lies ahead.

Do something new each month

As they say, “variety is the spice of life,” so spice up your new year by setting a goal to try something new each month. If you are a foodie, it could be a new restaurant, recipe or ingredient. If you’re a fitness fanatic, change up your workout each month – even if it’s just a different running route.

Read each week

Set time aside 1-3 nights a week to read before bed. Unlike Netflix, it’s a great way to unwind before bed as it doesn’t overly stimulate the brain with blue light.

De-clutter your social media

Make this the year you say goodbye to social media feeds that don’t bring you ‘up’. Robyn Pashby, Ph.D., co-founder of The Healthy Change School, has a pretty powerful analogy when it comes to curating your social feeds. “I tell my clients to think about their social media feeds as carefully as they would think about the art they hang in their home.” Unfollow pages that entice you to shop impulsively, diet and restrict yourself or just any page whose messages make you feel a bit flat.

Rearrange your space

Now, after you’ve de-cluttered your digital space, why not tackle your physical space? Consider redecorating where you spend the most time to boost productivity, creativity and overall contentment.

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