1) Start a Gratitude Jar
Practicing gratitude is such a great habit to get into, and turning that practice into something physical can help you remember to be grateful for what you have every day. Get yourself a mason jar or a small vase, and every day, write down something that you’re grateful for and stick the paper in the jar.
Your moment of gratitude can be as simple as something like, “Made an amazing pot of coffee this morning!” to bigger things like, “Got a promotion at work today!” Remember to date your moments of gratitude, so you can jog your memory about them later on.
At the end of the year (or when times are feeling a little rough), you get to sort through the jar and enjoy all of the little blessings from the past year. It’s so easy to take those small things for granted, and having them all in one place helps remind us of how lucky we are.
2) Learn a New Skill
Have you always wanted to learn how to make pottery or cook Indian food? Instead of just resolving to do those things, sign up for a class!
I know, pottery and cooking classes can be expensive. If you don’t have the money in your budget for a class, spend some time googling and see what resources you can find online. Then, create yourself a structured schedule and block out time each week to practice whatever it is you’re trying to learn. For the Indian food example, maybe you can bookmark a dozen recipes, and try making one or two a week, starting with the ones that seem simplest.
You can also invest in a book, which can be very helpful. Sometimes having a tangible item can help keep you motivated.
3) Getting Regular Exercise
As cliche as it sounds, a lot of us do want to lose some weight in the new year, and that’s OK! Focusing on weight loss tends to be ineffective, though. Instead, try focusing on getting regular exercise.
One of the best ways I’ve found to incorporate exercise into my schedule has been…incorporating it into my schedule! Literally. Whether you use a day planner or a digital calendar to keep up with appointments, schedule those workout just like you’d schedule a work meeting or a lunch date.
You can join a gym, but you can also just buy a pair of tennis shoes and head outdoors for your workouts. Walking and jogging outside are totally free activities that almost anyone can do. It can also help to pick up a program, like Couch to 5K, or sign up for an event like a race. Training towards something specific is very motivating!
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