The new year is approaching, which for many people marks the beginning of starting fresh, reflecting on their life and thinking about where they would like to be in the future. We’ve all heard of the New Year resolution fads; go to the gym more, no more eating fast food, read more. A lot of us set these unrealistic goals for ourselves that end up putting more pressure on us rather than being excited for change. Instead, we should start small so we can slowly adapt to new routines and habits that are
attainable that will make you feel great about yourself. Life happens, you may find the beginning to be a little rocky, but you can always get back on track anytime throughout the year. In 2024 we are choosing the most achievable resolutions! We’ve gathered a list of some resolutions you can consider doing to relieve stress, minimize anxiety, and improve your overall well-being.
1. Start a gratitude journal
Having a place to write down your thoughts, keep track of things, and people that you’re grateful for can help improve your mental wellness. It doesn’t have to take up much time, whenever you have a thought or want to express emotions, just a few minutes a day will make the biggest difference.
2. Take the stairs
Take 10 minutes out of your day to run up the stairs in your office, or around your home or park. Moving your body even for 10 minutes produces a bigger energy boost than a cup of coffee or soda!
3. Lift weights
A lot of us tend to gravitate towards the treadmill or stair stepper when joining a gym. Try incorporating a new routine and get out of your comfort level. A quality set of dumbbells can help elevate your workout, build muscle and improve your overall stamina. The fact that you’re in the gym is amazing, it’s important to know that you should workout to feel good, not be thinner. Instead of worrying about the number on the scale, think about how great you feel and all the energy you have!
4. Learn a new skill
Whether it’s learning a new instrument, how to knit, or ride a skateboard, finding a new skill to improve on can benefit you in so many ways and will get you out of the house more and maybe even finding friends who share the same interest as well.
5. Start cooking
Another way to step out of your comfort zone, try cooking something you feel like you’d never be good at making! It’s so easy to order in or stop at the drive thru, but you can kill two birds with one stone by cooking more. Saving money and eating healthier.
6. Donate clothes you never wear
If you’re like me, you probably have a closet full of clothes collecting dust that you haven’t worn, are from five years ago that you aren’t ready to part with, or they still even have the tags on them. If you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it to someone who will. You’ll be happy you did once you have more space, and your closet isn’t so cluttered!
About the Author:
Riva has been a PCS Mentor with Milhousing Network for over a year now ! She has been a military spouse for the last 4 years, and a stay-at-home mom to an energetic 3 year old. Her husband is active duty in the Navy and they have enjoyed the places the Navy has taken them. Their family currently live in Virginia Beach and loves it so much!