Every January, people set New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions and then give up on them by March. A big reason this happens is that the goals are too vague, broad, or lofty. If you’re looking to improve yourself but can’t face another list of unmet goals, try these realistic New Year’s resolutions for 2020.
1. Drink More Water
If you don’t drink enough water, a realistic goal you can make is to replace at least one other beverage a day with water. That means if you have a soda with lunch each day, then choose water instead. You’ll get more hydration from the water and you will be cutting down on something not-great for your health (even sugar-free soda is harmful).
2. Go to Bed Earlier
If you’re like most adults, then you’re not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Depending on your schedule, you might think it’s impossible to get a solid 8 hours each night. But you can get more sleep if you move your bedtime up by just 30 minutes every other week.
3. Eat One Vegetable and One Fruit Every Day
Eating better and losing weight is generally at the top of a standard resolution list. But to make it one of your more realistic New Year’s resolutions for 2020, aim to increase your servings of fruits and vegetables. If you’re already conscientious about nutrition, this may seem like a low bar, but if you’re starting from scratch, this is an attainable goal that you can build on.
4. Limit Take-Out
This resolution is good for both your physical and financial health. If you eat take out more than a couple of times a week, you might be consuming extra calories, fat, and salt. It may also be straining your budget. You don’t need to completely give it up all at once though. Limit it to once a week so you have the treat to look forward to.
5. Walk Around the Block
Fitness goals are at the top of a lot of people’s list of resolutions. But if you are starting from a place where you’re pretty sedentary, then there needs to be a step in between sitting at a desk all day and running a 10-minute mile. Resolve to get up and walk around your block a few times a week. Then increase the frequency and lengths of your walks.
6. Put Aside $5 a Week
A common resolution made each year is to save money. This is a great idea, but unless you make parameters and create a plan to do it, it’s just a vague and unattainable goal. Instead, pick a small number that you can take set aside each week without creating a strain. That might be $5 or $50 depending on your situation.
7. Do Nothing for an Hour Each Week
Ok, so this resolution may not seem very realistic for people who feel like every hour of their day is scheduled. But you should give it a try. Find something mindless to do for an hour, and don’t try to multitask and get other things done while you do. Set a timer and spend it doodling, journaling, or watching videos about unlikely animal friends. Whatever gets things off your mind.
8. Say One Nice Thing a Day
We all tend to stay wrapped up in our own thoughts and worries as we go about our days. Make a small effort to engage with someone else and try to brighten their day. That could mean complimenting a coworker on a job well done or telling the barista you like her earrings. Just pass on a little kindness.
9. Go Easier on Yourself
Don’t just be kind to others. Make sure you show yourself some love too. That means not beating yourself up when you fail to meet a goal or check something off of your to-do list. If you have an unproductive or otherwise bad day, try not to wallow. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can and try to do better tomorrow.
10. Make Preventive Care Appointments
One of your New Year’s resolutions for 2020 should be to see your doctor for annual wellness exams. Schedule a physical, well-woman visit, or any other preventive care appointments. At Triangle Physicians for Women, we offer full-scope healthcare for women in all stages of life. Whether you need general care or are looking for a midwife for obstetric care, our staff is dedicated to helping you achieve your health goals. Call (919) 678-6900 to make an appointment at our Cary or Holly Springs, NC office.