Some people dread New Year's resolutions and some of my friends refuse to make them for fear of failing. I embrace the opportunity to get a fresh start! I view the new year as an opportunity to shed some of the bad habits that were holding us back in the prior year and create new habits that will help us reach our goals.
A couple things to keep in mind when making New Year's Resolutions:
Set small, manageable goals. Instead of eliminating all sugar from your diet, resolve to remove one bad source of sugar from your diet like soda pop.
Make your goals specific. Instead of saying you want to work out more, state a specific goal such as walk 1 mile 3 times a week.
Be forgiving of slip-ups. All too often people throw in the towel on their resolutions just because they slipped up. It took you many years to form bad habits, it is going to take some time before the good habits feel natural.
New Year's Resolution Ideas
General Help with Making New Year's Resolutions:
If you aren't sure what kind of resolution to make, here are 50 Simple and Smart New Year's Resolutions.
Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolution:
If you are worried you will slack, here are 10 Tips for Sticking to your New Year's Resolution.
Here's some simple advice on How to Stick with your New Year's Resolution.
Specific New Year's Resolution Ideas
If your Resolution is Fitness or Weight Loss Related:
Check out these 52 Small Changes You can Make for Living a Healthy Life.
If you are trying to figure out the best fitness resolutions that will work for you, check out these tips for making and keeping fitness resolutions.
If you have made fitness goals in the past and failed, here are tips for making fitness goals you can actually reach.
If getting into a routine is difficult, check out these practical tips on How to Exercise Daily and Stick with it.
Don't know where to begin? Here are some tips on How to Start an Exercise Routine and Stick with it.
Is a diet on your agenda this new year? Here are some ways to stick with a diet.
If health is on your mind, here are some Healthy Habits to Adopt in the New Year.
Here is a list of Weight Watcher's Zero Point Foods.
If Your Resolution is Healthy Eating Related:
Check out these 10 Metabolism Boosting Superfoods for a way to kick things up a notch.
Are you super busy? Here are Tips and Tricks for Eating Healthy on the Go.
If Your Resolution is Financial in Nature:
Check out these 52 Small Changes You Can Make to Save More Money.
If you need help making a budget, here are some tips on Creating a Family Budget that Works.
After the season, you may feel like it's time to get your budget back on track after the holidays.
Here is how to Budget Money with 10 Simple Hacks.
Here are 5 Things You are Forgetting in your Budget that cause you to blow your budget.
If You are Hoping to Stop Relying so much on Tech:
If you are making your resolution a family affair, here are 8 Tips for Taming Your Kids' Tech Obsession.
If your Resolution is to be Happier:
Volunteering can bring incredible happiness! Here are 52 Ways to Volunteer in the New Year.
You can join Pauline Wiles in The Serenity Project as she focuses on techniques to help juggle responsibilities, reduce overwhelm, and quiet the mind.
If you have a child whose tantrums are creating havoc in your home, try these 3 Easy Parenting Strategies for Taming Tantrums.
If your home feels like a chaotic mess, you can read about my experience in implementing the tips in How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mind restored order and peace to my home.