The coming of a new year is always the perfect time to start anew. We try and forget our previous shortcomings, we give thanks for past blessings, and we ultimately look forward, with hope, that everything will be a bit better in the coming year. But, hope alone is not enough. To make sure we are heading in the right direction, we need a concrete plan.
So, where exactly do we start? The journey is different for everyone, true, but wherever you are in life, there are common areas that can always use a little improvement. If you’re stumped on where and how to start, try out these New Year’s Resolutions to start 2019 on the right foot.
Resolution: Invest in my workout plan/regimen
As life gets more hectic, the adage “health is wealth” has never been more true. Fortunately, it is now much easier to get in shape than ever before. Fitness gyms, yoga studios, indoor cycling schools, and other specialty workout establishments have grown exponentially all over the metro and provinces. There are even places now, like Anytime Fitness, that stay open 24/7! This makes your excuses not to drag your ass in the gym and sweat out a few pounds just that—excuses. Trust us, investing in a gym plan now is much more enjoyable than paying for a hospital stay.
Resolution: Learn more about my body’s specific nutritional needs
It’s really a good thing that local restaurants are now finding it profitable to add healthy dishes on their menu. Places like Salad Stop are no longer weird options for lunch, and even your local convenience stores are trying their best to offer healthier alternatives to sodas and liquor. Also, this year, make it a point to get to know more about your body’s specific health requirements by getting a Food Intolerance Test (FIT) from your nearby hospital or clinic. The FIT will not only determine your food allergies but more importantly, it will pin down the foods that your body finds hard to process. Going healthy and being more aware of nutrition is just like going to the gym, you really only see the difference once you’ve made going a habit.
Resolution: Educate myself on various financial options
With the current inflation rate north of 4 percent, we are technically losing money every time we leave our hard-earned dough in a regular Savings Account. Unfortunately, prices are rising faster than our salaries. To survive, we need to rethink our financial strategy. The first step is really about educating ourselves—and you don’t even have to get out of the house to do that. The internet is replete with information on financial management to get you better prepared for that rainy day. Make it a habit to read Esquire Money, Chinkee Tan, and even foreign sources like Mr. Money Moustache, to become more comfortable about taking charge of your money.
Resolution: Pay more attention to changes happening to my body and what works for me
What most people don’t notice (until it’s unavoidably obvious) is that our body changes over time—primarily because of age, health, lifestyle. This means that our grooming routine, or the way we take care of our bodies, must change as well. This coming 2019, do yourself a favor and adapt these grooming habits to let people see you’re someone worth taking note of.
Know which haircare/skincare products suit you: There are so many products out there for hair and skincare, it’s easy to get lost. But take the time to find out what works for you (consult a professional if you must) and stick to it, at least until another major physical/biological change happens to your body. Personal hygiene products should not be a fad that changes with the season.
Determine your signature scent: Finding a scent that reflects your personality is extremely important and is another thing you shouldn’t change too often. The goal is to have a pleasant aroma every time you’re near someone—it is not to announce your arrival from a block away.
Resolution: Build more actual connections
Technology has allowed us to do many great things unimaginable just a few years back. Social media make it possible for us to connect with long-lost friends and relatives and school chums and to provide a convenient way of letting the world know what’s currently happening in our lives. But like all good things, technology can be taken to the extreme. It can become counterproductive.
Sadly, it’s becoming more and more common to see family members living under the same roof, and friends who can certainly meet up in person, communicate solely via technology. As a result, we no longer take the time and effort to get to know each other. Instead, we simply react to what’s on social media. Quality relationships have become less important to quantity relationships. That is, the number of friends and “likes” you get are what matter.
This coming year—slow down, take a step back, reconnect with people. Go out to dinner or have a meaningful chat over coffee or walk together! You will discover that one meaningful, actual connection is more beautiful than a hundred virtual ones.