It’s that time of year again — whether you’re ringing in 2018 with a sparkly dress and the perfect Instagram caption or staying in with a bottle of rosé and your closest friends, the idea of starting on a clean slate is exciting. Although you don’t need a new year to break your old habits, there’s something inspiring about the clock striking 12 and the ball dropping in NYC.
Aside from the usual promise of becoming healthier, here are 20 resolutions that will start the change you’ve been hoping for and prove the reasons why this is about to be the best year yet.
1. Forgive someone
Your coworker spilling your embarrassing secret to the entire marketing team was unfortunate — but not unforgivable. By letting go of the negative feelings you harbor for something that happened in the past, you’re taking the weight off your chest and giving your mind the peace it deserves in the present.
2. Take a trip alone
What’s more empowering than exploring a city on your own and loving every second of it? Probably nothing, which is exactly why you should do it. Pack your bags and put your bravest face on, because this is about to be a journey that will give you insight to who you are as a person — while offering you a beautiful view from where you’re standing in the city.
3. Cut back on buying coffee
We know, your $5 coffee is a part of who you are and you’re not here to change for anyone. While there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a vanilla latte, making it a daily routine is why your wallet is suffering and your guilt is spiraling. To avoid this habit, invest in a coffee maker or swap out your coffee altogether — in the end, your happiness doesn’t come with a price and your coffee doesn’t have to either.
4. Pick up a new hobby
Actions speak louder than words, and the time to set yours into motion is now. Attend that hot yoga class you walk past every night, sign up for your first nature hike, or become a mentor for children. Take a chance in what interests you now — your happiness will thank you for it later.
5. Say “no” more often
With work deadlines to meet, another engagement party to attend, and a new puppy to take care of, your schedule is filled with growing responsibilities. In reality, it’s impossible to take on the world — and it’s detrimental to keep attempting to. Avoid sacrificing your mental health this year by saying “no” more, because making things easier for others shouldn’t always mean making it harder for yourself.
6. Stop using the snooze button
Start 2018 off right by waking up in time for it — literally. Regardless of what your morning routine is, break your habit of snoozing and discover what it feels like to not skip breakfast in the morning (#adulting). By getting out of bed the first time your alarm goes off, you’ll give yourself more time to enjoy the morning and set the tone for the rest of the day.
7. Stay informed with the news
Knowledge is power, and staying informed is a great way to gain insight to the world and hold conversations with others. Listen to the radio, turn on the news, scroll through a news website, and don’t be surprised when you become the more cultured (and confident) version of yourself.
Read more: http://theeverygirl.com/20-resolutions-to-make-this-year-that-have-absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-losing-weight/