A List of Attainable New Year’s Resolutions

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Illustration depicting common New Year’s resolutions.

Bailey Darbro, Jr. Editor

The turn of the calendar brings both the opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and the chance to begin planning for the next dozen. It’s still tradition to decide on a few New Year’s resolutions before the ball drops on December 31, and this year, a renewed focus on your mental health may be top of mind. We’ve all seen those overwhelming resolutions lists before, the ones with all the complicated cleanses, intense workout plans, and sincere intentions to do our best and make new healthy habits. This year, fill your resolution list with easy, feel-good goals. What follows is a list of resolutions that aren’t crazy impossible, but can work within your busy lifestyle, create more freedom, stimulate creativity, and ultimately cultivate connection with those you love and the community around you. This year, it’s time to put you first. Let’s make 2022 the best year yet!

Self-Care 

  1. Take five minutes out of your day to journal. 
  2. Practice intentional breathing. 
  3. Try a social media detox. 
  4. Meditate for ten minutes every morning. 
  5. Spend more time outside. 
  6. Learn to say no. 
  7. Forgive yourself. 
  8. Do one thing at a time. 
  9. Give yourself more compliments. 
  10. Ease stress with kindness. 

Health and Wellness 

  1. Drink more water. Keep track of your water intake with an app, journal, or marked water bottle. 
  2. Listen to audiobooks while you work out. 
  3. Do one new exercise move. 
  4. Wear workout clothes that make you feel good. 
  5. Take more walks. 
  6. Make sleep a priority. 
  7. Floss every day. 
  8. Work out to feel good, not to be thinner. 
  9. Sit less, move more. 
  10. Start your morning with a stretching routine. 

School 

  1. Take frequent breaks. 
  2. Find a peaceful spot to study. 
  3. Give yourself grace. 
  4. Personalize your notebooks. 
  5. Use a planner. 
  6. Join study groups. 
  7. Don’t do it all at once. 
  8. Focus on learning, not just grades. 
  9. Banish self-doubt. 
  10. Prioritize your mental health. 

Home 

  1. Make your home more fragrant. 
  2. Create a bedtime routine. 
  3. Turn on music instead of the TV. 
  4. Make coffee at home. 
  5. Fill your home with essential oils. 
  6. Keep a notepad next to your bed for ideas that come to you at night. 
  7. Put your personal collections on display. 
  8. Get a new pillow. 
  9. Sleep an extra hour each night. 
  10. Devote one day per week to not driving. 

Food 

  1. Support local restaurants. 
  2. Start meal planning one meal. 
  3. Aim for a colorful plate at dinner. 
  4. Add more citrus to your grocery cart. 
  5. Slow down while eating and savor each bite. 
  6. Prioritize breakfast. Make sure to eat all your meals.
  7. Check out your local farmers and flea markets. 
  8. Cook dinner at least once a week. 
  9. Eat one plant-based meal a week. 
  10. Eat something with probiotics every day. 

Relationships 

  1. Call your parents, siblings, and grandparents more often. 
  2. Call or facetime a friend instead of texting them. 
  3. Remove negativity from your life. 
  4. Send thank-you cards. 
  5. Make a new friend. 
  6. Institute weekly or monthly family dinners. 
  7. Reconnect with old friends. 
  8. Keep investing in relationships that matter. 
  9. Make phone dates. 
  10. Talk less, listen more. 

Hobbies 

  1. Make monthly playlists. 
  2. Send handwritten letters. 
  3. Become a plant owner. 
  4. Read one book a month. 
  5. Listen to podcasts. 
  6. Learn a new language. 
  7. Start a blog. 
  8. Scrapbook important events. 
  9. Teach your pet tricks. 
  10. Learn origami. 

Organization 

  1. Put your laundry away as soon as it’s out of the dryer. 
  2. Sanitize your phone weekly. 
  3. Make your bed every morning. 
  4. Book all your doctor’s appointments in advance. 
  5. Clean out your car. 
  6. Donate clothes you never wear. 
  7. Delete apps on your phone that you don’t use. 
  8. Use to-do lists. 
  9. Deep clean your keyboard. 
  10. Use one calendar for everything. 

Self-Development 

  1. Quit one bad habit: nail biting, eating out of boredom, etc. 
  2. Ask for help. 
  3. Give one compliment a day. 
  4. Take time to appreciate your accomplishments. 
  5. Stop multitasking. 
  6. Be kind on social media. 
  7. Let go of grudges. 
  8. Go to sleep at the same time each night. 
  9. Write your goals down. 
  10. Keep a jar of things you are grateful for during the year.

 

Ultimately, this year is ours. Let’s make it count!