11 unique New Year’s resolutions
Like most things this year, your New Year’s resolutions will likely look different than in years’ past.
One way you can celebrate the passing of 2021 (YAY, we made it!), and celebrate what’s to come in 2022, is to write down your goals.
If you’re looking for some non-diet, non-exercise resolutions, here are a few unique ones:
1. Try something new each month
Too many things you want to try? Make a note to do one new thing each month. Try a new recipe, a new hike route or a new class. And don't forget to involve your friends (but follow health and safety practices).
2. Support local restaurants
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on local businesses, especially restaurants, so why not support them in 2022? Visit a new restaurant each month (or as often as you can afford it).
3. Spend some time outside
As we leave a year filled with quarantines and lockdowns, spending more time outside seems refreshing. Each day, try to take a walk to your local park, go for a walk around the block, or sit in your backyard, and enjoy some fresh air. Don’t forget your mask, and social distancing.
4. Drink more water
Drinking water increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins and improves skin complexion! Get a reusable cup, or bottle with markings so you know exactly when you should have your next drink. Health experts commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon a day.
5. Write in a journal
If the thought of writing your full day in a journal, each day, is daunting to you, try to capture just a few memories from each day.
6. Write snail mail
Sure we've found many creative ways of staying in touch this year - Zoom anyone? - but why not go back to writing letters to your loved ones? You could try finding a pen pal. Or make someone happy with a birthday card! You can even make it a fun craft time with your kids.
7. Virtual parties
Stay in touch with your friends and family by holding weekly or monthly virtual parties. It can be game night, a virtual cook off, or a virtual dance-a-thon.
8. Join a virtual book club
What better way to read new books and stay in touch with a group of friends? Here's a list
of the best books of 2021.
9. Declutter your home
We sure have been spending a lot of time home, so let's try and declutter a bit. Focus on a spot each month, so that you don't get overwhelmed. Maybe you have a drawer full of take-out menus, try to clean that up first.
10. Find a new hobby
Maybe you’re always wanted to do some woodwork projects, or learn how to knit - 2022 is your year! Carve some time off your schedule to learn a new hobby.
11. Break social media habit
If you're struggling to break your social media habit, Dr. Katy Milkman
, a professor at the Wharton School, suggests using a "commitment device," or a tool that lets you hold yourself accountable when you don't achieve a goal.