The no-pain, all-gain resolutions you need for the last year of the decade
Not to discredit the good spirit in which New Year’s resolutions are made, but the truth is that come February we’re all berating ourselves for not having stuck to the plan.
So how about skipping the part where you feel bad about what you haven’t done and rather focus on small, super-easy habits. Here’s to 2020 where easy does it is actually good enough.
Stretch while watching TV
It’s the year 2020 and surely nobody needs to be told that exercising is good for you. We know this, and what you choose to do with that information is up to you. An easier resolution is simply to do stretches while enjoying the latest binge-able Netflix series.
Cut down on sugar
Sugar is food enemy number one these days. Research has shown sugar consumption to be a major cause of obesity and chronic disease.
Cutting sugar out completely is difficult, which is why the good news is that you only need to cut down your sugar intake. Start with something completely manageable, such as reducing the amount of sugar you take in your coffee, swapping soda for water (even if it’s only every second time) and opting for dark chocolate over regular milk chocolate.
Clear the clutter
Unless you’ve been stuck in a very cluttered space for the past three years, you’ve likely heard of Marie Kondo, minimalism and how to bring more joy into your life.
It’s certainly worth taking a leaf from her (best-selling) book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, even if you get into the habit of doing just this one thing this year. And that thing is to Find A Place For Everything! When your belongings each have a special home, a place where it lives, it makes it easier to store it there, and reduce the clutter. This applies to everything from paper clips to that random collection of unicorns from that primary school phase that you just can’t let go of.
Keep healthy snacks on hand
It’s easy to reach for a chocolate, a packet of chips or a sugary fizzy drink when the hunger pangs hit and cloud your judgement. Proactively curb the hangriness by keeping snacks like almonds, fruit, biltong or kale crisps in your bag.
Schedule play dates with yourself
Slot your me-time into your calendar as you would with anything else you need to do. Make it fun by calling it a play date, and use the time (even if it is just 30 minutes a week) to do something that gives you joy, be it reading, listening to music, going for a run, chatting to a friend or doing nothing at all. Regularly taking time for yourself will ultimately make you happier, which means you’re a better student, friend partner, and human being.
Get a little help
We’ve all got a lot on our plate – school, netball, debating, hip hop classes, extra maths, time with friends. It’s fun but it can be totally exhausting.
If you’re one of those whose plate is completely overloaded your body and mind will thank and reward you for giving it a bit of help in the form of a supplement, try a multivitamin, Vitamin B or Essentiale Extreme. Make sure to discuss it with your parents or pharmacist first.
Choose a theme for your year
Almost like a mantra, a theme for the year is what you would like to proactively focus on in the year ahead. It serves to reflect the hope, ethos and mood of your year. Consider terms like confidence, resilience and independence for possible themes.
What could be easier than breathing? We’re doing it all the time already, but breathing deeper – and thinking about the action as you do it – has a number of health benefits such as increasing your energy levels, improving posture, and relaxing both mind and body. So just breathe. And then breathe deeper.