Ah, New Year’s resolutions! We all make them, and most of us end up breaking them before long. Of course, that’s usually because we end up coming up with them five minutes before the clock strikes twelve. (Often after a couple of glasses of bubbly!) It often doesn’t matter what your plans for the New Year end up being, if you decide them right at the last minute, you’re never going to be able to turn them into anything. It might sound odd since we haven’t even reached Christmas yet but if you really want to make some real changes to your life in the New Year, it’s worth thinking about them now. That way you can plan for them and get yourself ready for the hard work that most resolutions require if you really want to stick to them. Of course, the choice of what to pick as your resolution is something that’s pretty unique to just about everyone, and no one should tell you what to choose. However, most resolutions fit into a couple of general categories. With that in mind, here are of changes that you might want to make in your life in the New Year.
If there’s one thing that most people would really love to change about their life it would be their career. All too often people tend to get stuck in jobs that they aren’t happy in and that leave them completely unfulfilled. This is often for pretty obvious reasons. After all, you need a job, and most of us aren’t in the lucky position of being able to go without an income while we wait around for the perfect job to fall into our laps. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and find yourself a job that you would feel more satisfied doing. Sure, you’re not going to want to start looking for jobs while you’re also planning for Christmas, but why not take this time to start thinking about the kind of things that you’d rather be doing. That way you can at least start to form the kind of plan that you’ll need to turn your career dreams into a reality.
Everyone needs a hobby! That might sound like kind of a cliche but, as with most cliches, that doesn’t make it any less true. Of course, it’s incredibly common for many people to end up feeling as though their hobbies are boring or that they would rather be doing something else with their time. Remember that, just because you’ve sunk a lot of time into something doesn’t mean that you have to stick with it when you’re no longer getting anything out of it. Why not use the new year to find a hobby that you’re going to enjoy a lot more? Take the chance to step outside of your comfort zone and do something that you’ve never even considered before. It might be trying out some kind of physical activity that you didn’t think you were capable, or having a go at that one thing that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the nerve to actually go for. No matter what you choose, the benefits of finding a hobby that you love can have an impact on your entire life.
Relationships can be tricky things, and that’s not just romantic relationships, the same applies to friends, family, and even co-workers as well. It’s incredibly important that you surround yourself with people who make you feel good and are willing to support you when you need them, the same way you would support them. That being said, it’s often all too easy to end up falling into the trap of a toxic relationship where it feels like you’re giving everything and getting nothing in return. When you’re in that kind of situation, whether it’s a romantic relationship, friendship, or anything else, it’s important that you remember that there’s nothing wrong with needing to walk away. In fact, doing so may often be the very best thing for everyone. Then again, that’s almost certainly something that’s far easier said than done. After all, the thing about toxic relationships is that they’re often built on the feeling that there’s nothing you can do to get out of them. If you’re making this New Year the time for new starts, it might be a good idea to look at the people around you and ask yourself if it wouldn’t be a good idea to put some of those relationships aside for the sake of your personal well-being.
We all like to have a good time every now and then. Whether you like going out on the town all night long, spending your evenings eating fine food with friends, or simply lounging around on the couch all day, there’s nothing wrong with it in moderation. The problem is that many of us seem to have forgotten what moderation means. People are stuffing their faces until they’re sick, drinking themselves silly, and sitting around all day long while their muscles turn to jelly. Sure, no one’s asking you to suddenly become an Olympian. However, keep up an active and healthy lifestyle is incredibly important. It might not be the most original New Year’s resolution in the world. But if you’re willing to set yourself some genuine, achievable goals, then you’re going to be able to make some real, positive changes in your life.
Everyone needs a change now and then, and nothing can be more exciting than changing your environment. If you spend a long time living in one place, it can be incredibly easy to start to feel stuck and trapped. This is especially true if you end up living in the same place your entire life. So why not find somewhere completely new? And that doesn’t just mean getting out of your hometown, finding a house for rent or buy in another country might sound extreme but it can be just the change that you need to get the excitement back in your life. Sure, there are plenty of people who are more than happy to live in the same place for the rest of their life, but if you’re the kind of person who ends up getting a serious case of wanderlust every time you’re in one place for too long, the idea of using the New Year to make such a radical change in your life might well be the thing you need.
If there’s one thing that can have more of an impact on the way that you feel on a day-to-day basis than anything else, it’s your home. If you’re living in a home that feels dank, dreary, and cramped, then you’re never going to be able to feel as happy and relaxed as you could. Now, don’t worry, you don’t have to spend lots of money moving home or remodeling your existing property, although you certainly can if you want. Even small changes like a new coat of paint on the walls or rearranging the rooms can make a huge difference to the way that your entire home feels.
Of course, it’s important to remember that the plans that you have for the New Year might not be on this list. However, the kind of planning and consideration that this list encourages you to try can be applied to just about anything. Of course, you’re not going to want to dedicate all of your time and energy to these kinds of plans. After all, you’ve got the holidays to think about first! However, it’s still worth keeping them in the back of your mind when the question of New Year’s resolutions comes up.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.