The start of a new year is the best time to make changes in your life. After a season of over-indulgence, it’s time to get things back on track. New Year’s resolutions can seem a bit pointless, as pretty much everyone forgets about them by the end of January. Joining a gym in a burst of optimism often ends with you cancelling the membership a few months later when you realize you actually only went that one time but are still paying for it. However, you don’t have to resolve to become a fitness guru in order to improve yourself as a person. There are plenty of other things you can do throughout the year to make your life better. Here are five resolutions for 2018 that you should consider keeping up with next year.
1) Read More Books
Who has the time for reading anymore? Who even reads books when you can stream TV shows and movies anywhere, at any time? Well, that’s the point. Give yourself a break from staring at screens and relax with a good book every now and then. You don’t need to go on a marathon of reading books. Just take the opportunity to give your imagination a chance at translating a story for you instead of absorbing other people’s visual adaptations. You could also resolve to learn new things in 2018, and read non-fiction books about anything from history to science to pop culture. Reading in bed is a good way to wind down. With e-readers like the Kindle from Amazon, reading has never been easier. You could even buy audio-books to listen to on your commute to and from work. Listening to books still counts as reading!
2) Change Your Style
If by the end of 2017 you felt stuck in a rut, take the chance to shake things up. Declutter your closet and reinvent your whole look. Sorting out your wardrobe will help you feel like a newer, better version of yourself. You can also fulfil a resolution to donate to charity by donating the clothes you never wear. Use the new year as a chance to change your habits if you’re constantly buying the latest fast fashion trends. Instead of spending so much on disposable fashion, create a staple wardrobe by shopping around for adaptable key items you know you’ll wear a lot. Addicted to buying everything on ASOS or Topshop? Try to spread your price range by giving cheaper alternatives a chance. Primark is great for collecting simple pieces, and you’d be surprised by what you might find in the clothing section at supermarkets like ASDA.
3) Fix Your Sleep Schedule
Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule can do wonders for your physical and mental health. A late night once in a while doesn’t hurt, but if you stay up all the time it will affect your mood and energy levels. Fatigue will hold you back when you’re working. You know how much sleep you need to function well, and when you’ll have to get up in the morning. So set yourself a time to be in bed by every night, allowing for however long it takes to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine in the evening, and try not to watch TV or scroll through your phone in bed. Make bedtime more appealing by treating yourself to a comfy new mattress or mattress topper, available from IKEA and John Lewis. You could also buy fresh bedding, such as a new duvet set from the inexpensive range at Argos.
4) Stop Eating Fast Food
It’s so much easier to just pick something up at the Drive-Thru than cook a meal at home. However, even the cost of cheap fast food adds up over time. You could save money and get healthier at the same time by cutting out junk food. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight as one of your 2018 goals, you’ll notice the difference. Fast food may quickly satisfy cravings, but it will make you feel sluggish and generally gross. Avoiding greasy foods will improve your skin, too! If going to McDonald’s for lunch is just more convenient, try to choose from their healthier options instead of burgers and fries. You can still have a takeaway as a monthly treat. If you order with Just Eat, browse all the restaurants instead of sticking to your usual pizza joint. You can try out new cuisines which might be better for you.
5) See More of the World
One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to travel more. When you’ve worked hard earning your money, you deserve a sunny holiday in a hotel by the beach. The thing is, if you’re only ever sunbathing on the sand or by the pool, you’re not experiencing anything new. What’s the point in flying halfway across the world to not make the most of being in a different place? There’s no better way to grow as a person than to broaden your horizons. Considering the divisiveness of global politics in recent years, it’s important to establish connections and make an effort to understand other cultures. Challenge yourself by doing something you’ve never done before. Go hiking in national parks in other countries and witness the planet’s natural and manmade beauty. Listen to the stories of the local people wherever you go and learn about the history of the place.