Positive New Year’s Resolutions That Benefit Your Life
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When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, many people fall into the trap of believing the adverts that tell us we need to change who we are to be deemed good enough. While many people can benefit from making small changes to improve their health and wellbeing, there are many other resolutions you can make or changes to adopt if you prefer, that does not include changing who you are, just how you impact the world around you.
Make your goals this coming year to change your habits to a more sustainable lifestyle that benefits the world around us. From avoiding buying too much fast fashion to shopping in second hand, thrift and charity shops to just buying fewer consumables overall. Try growing your own fruits and vegetables or create a herb garden in your kitchen and look at ways you can reduce your energy consumption at home. Commit to driving less, using public transport more, or even better walking as much as possible or even buying an electric car if you are looking to replace your current model this year. All the small things add up to make a considerable difference and no change is ever too small when it comes to sustainable living.
Instead of forcing yourself to do things that make you unhappy in the name of all things New Year related, why not use the time to impact someone else’s life positively instead? Volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen or contact local charities to find out ways you can help. So many charities were impacted negatively during the events of 2020, an extra pair of hands, useful donations or even fundraising efforts will be more than welcome. Simply look for your favourite local organisation online and enquire as to how you can help them out this year.
It can be easy to get swept away in the dramatics of current events and things that could happen may occur in the future or are a slim possibility. Instead, focus on the here and now and be present in your day. From using mindfulness techniques to allow you to focus on the task at hand, to compartmentalizing your day and worries to a more manageable task.
Use this focus to check in with family and friends and see how they are coping, take an interest in the small things around you and focus on the positives each day. Write a gratitude journal to help you remember the positives of each day, especially if you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with news updates and the like.
Remember, you do not need to change yourself to have a positive impact on the world around you. Being respectful of others and investing more into your own happiness and that of those around you can be just as, if not more rewarding than the usual go-to resolutions that are touted every January.
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