When the end of the year approaches, we all think about what we want to change or do differently in the new year and start making new years resolutions. Lose weight, start working out regularly, get a better job, the list of goals many people set for themselves always contain the same things. And every year resolutions are forgotten about and abandoned by the time January comes to and end... right?
Why not set yourself some goals for the new year you can actually achieve? We've put together 5 things that are actually doable, and you don't have to feel like you failed if you miss a day or two!
Drink a glass of lemon water every morning
This is one simple thing you can do that is really good for you and super easy. You can prepare it for about 3 days in advance by filling a jug or bottle with water and the juice of a few lemons - depending on their size. You can adjust the ratio of water and lemon to your own preference, recommended is half a lemon to one glass of water. You can add some mint or other ingredients if you're feeling fancy, too!
Pour yourself a glass every morning and have it before you eat or drink anything else while getting ready or scrolling through your Instagram feed. Wait about 15-30 Minutes before you have breakfast to reap all the benefits.
Lemon water is great for a number of reasons: it's extremely low in calories but high in vitamin C. It boosts your metabolism, aids your digestion, flushes out the toxins, helps keep your blemishes at bay, helps you lose weight and fight viral infections.
Actually wake up when you're alarm goes off and don't hit the snooze button
Most of us know the problem of pressing that snooze button just one too many times, until you only have about 10 minutes left to get ready and leave the house - sound familiar?
If you're one of those people who needs the time to stay in bed for a while longer after your alarm has gone off, but actually gets up once it rings again - kudos to you!
Many scientists actually say that snoozing isn't good for your body at all and doesn't make you any more rested, as you keep starting your sleep cycle over and over again after being interrupted by your alarm, which will actually make it even harder for you to get up.
Why not try actually getting up when your alarm goes off and not have to rush through your morning for once? A better start to the day will make a huge difference. And if it's too hard to resist the temptation, set your alarm clock away from your bed so you actually have to get up to turn it off - chances are you won't be getting back into bed once your out!
This may sound like the easiest one of all, but being kind can sometimes be really difficult. Especially to the cashier that is unfriendly with no reason, the guy in the street who bumps into you without apologizing or the girl who cuts in line before you and pretends it's nothing.
Always remember that everyone is fighting a battle of their own and you never know what's going on in other peoples lives. Try to be friendly anyway and not let your day cloud over because of someone else's problems. If you send out positive vibes they are sure to come back around.
And if you keep encountering the same thing with the same person over and over, maybe ask them how they are or if they need any help!
Save some money every month
It doesn't have to be hundreds of dollars, you can just do $5 dollars every month or week, or increase the amount depending on your spendings and earnings!
If you have a goal that your saving towards, make some calculations as to how much you need to save every week or month to reach that goal. It's easy and doesn't take long to do, and if you change your mind about your goal, you still have some money saved up to use for something else and not feel guilty about it!
You don't have to run a marathon or hit the gym around the clock, but try and get some movement in every day. Find out what you like, be it yoga, jogging or some new crazy gym class that combines kickboxing, ballet and swimming (tempted to check if this is already a thing) and try to incorporate it into your daily routine. If you hate all kinds of activity, try to walk more. Take the next bus stop instead of the closest one, go for a stroll on your lunch break or take a few flights of stairs instead of the elevator. It's tempting to be lazy, but doing something good for your body will make your mind feel good too - promise!
What are your new years resolutions for 2018?