Lots of us set really ambitious New Year’s resolutions, but end up giving up on them because they’re hard to reach. Goals like “run two miles every day” seem like a good idea, but when you miss a couple of days, you end up throwing in the towel on the goal. So the key to actually sticking with a resolution may be just lowering your expectations.
These are some realistic mini resolutions that can make your life easier and they’re so achievable, you’ll be able to make them happen.
- Delegate more - Instead of just making a long to-do list for yourself, enlist help to get those tasks done. If you have a partner or kids, let them pitch in with chores they can take off your plate. When tackling a project, ask your friends for their assistance to help the job get done faster. You’ll still get that feeling of accomplishment by getting things done, you just won’t be as exhausted as when you do it alone.
- Say no to anything that doesn’t spark joy - Chronic people-pleasers will struggle with this one, but the goal here is to turn down ANYTHING you don’t want to do. Just say no and try not to feel guilty afterwards. Once you do it a few times, you’ll get used to it and may find yourself saying no a lot more.
- Say what you actually feel - For this one, you have to think like Karen from the show “Will & Grace,” who said things like, “Sorry I’m late, but I got here as soon as I wanted to.” So when your single friend wants you to be her wing-woman on a girl’s night out, but you’re too tired, tell her you’d rather stay home and binge-watch true crime shows.
- Pet your dog more - This one is just that simple. It brings you and your dog joy, and it helps you stay in the present moment, so it’s kind of like meditation, which is good for mental health. It gets your serotonin flowing and can easily be a daily practice.
- Read more than one page of a book - If you’d like to read more books, break that goal down to a smaller, easier to achieve one of reading just at least more than one page at a time. A recent study finds that just 30 minutes of reading can lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as reduce stress levels and improve overall mental well-being. So tackle that stack of books you want to read, just do it at least two pages at a time.
Source: Hello Giggles