The start of the new year is a great time to reflect and think about what habits you want to take up that’ll improve your quality of life. A common pitfall that many people have with their New Year’s resolutions is that despite good intentions, they set unrealistic goals and never follow through. Not many people are going to go from sitting on the sofa all day to running a marathon the next. It’s all about progress and building up good habits for the right reasons. Here, we’re encouraging just that with these four New Year’s resolutions that can set you off down the right path in 2022.
Changing your surroundings is really important for both your physical and mental health. Staying confined within the same four walls every day not only encourages a sedentary lifestyle, but also a restlessness and feeling of isolation. Going outside, whether that’s for a leisurely walk with a friend or going to a gym to exercise, can help break the monotony of every day life and make you feel more productive. Similarly, it’s a great opportunity to go out and socialize with friends. With so much communication happening via social media, seeing someone face to face is a great way of reconnecting with friends you haven’t seen in a while on a more personal level.
Hand in hand with the previous resolution, using your own water bottle when you’re out and about is a great habit to take up this year. It’ll save you time, money and the environment. By filling up your water bottle at home, it’ll remove the need to buy a plastic bottle from a shop when you’re thirsty that’ll most likely end up not being recycled. It’s much more convenient to take your own reusable bottle in a bag, particularly when you consider the choice of drinks you can consume thanks to the technology around water bottles nowadays. Looking at Klean Kanteen’s insulated water bottles for example, you can keep a drink hot or chilled for well over 40 hours meaning that you can enjoy an on-the-go tea or coffee either hot or iced!
Another aspect of life that can get fairly repetitive is our meal cycles. It’s easy to place a standing order for the same ingredients' week in and week out and cook the same recipes because they’re quick, easy and familiar. Pushing yourself to try something new, particularly if you’re cooking for others, can be a great way of breaking out of your mundane routine. Sitting around the table trying new recipes with new ingredients can be a great way to learn more about yourself and those around you.
You’ve probably heard people say that getting enough sleep is important and how being on your phone, taking in that blue light before bed, disrupts your brain’s ability to fall asleep. Whilst that’s true, improving your quality of sleep is not the only reason reading before bed can be a great habit to take up. Reading is a great way to mix up the form of content you’re taking in and experience stories in a different way that can’t be replicated by films or TV. Whether you read for ten minutes or half an hour, reading before bed can massively improve the state your brain is in whilst it sleeps and make you wake up feeling more refreshed and prepared for the day ahead than usual.
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