10 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

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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.


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Love love love Dr. Grana and her crew. Love going to Holly Springs office. The girls are the best from Lisa at the front desk to all the girls in the back. Your music and atmosphere is great. Thanks for making these appointments fun!! Yes believe it or not, fun!!!

Dr V and the office staff were all very professional, understanding, caring and very efficient. I would be happy to recommend this practice to friends, family and associates. – Barbara M. Lucas

My visit was great! & my past visit have all been great.Kristy helped me even with me being a bit stressed & in a hurry because I had to be seen & my job is super strict. Her urgency to get me seen was phenomenal. I even got to see Heather, she’s awesome & amazing. She helped deliver my baby girl a year ago. My whole family loves her and Dr Sheshadri. We actually can’t wait to get pregnant again hahaha. Everyone treats you with respect and always makes sure your okay & answers whatever questions you have before you leave. Even leaving a message for the nurses,they get back to you so quickly.  This practice really makes you feel taken care of.  We appreciate you all!  – Erika Hooks

My experience with the TP4W staff has been top of the line.  They helped me through three pregnancies and coached me through every step of the way.  Eternally thankful I chose TP4W.  – Britney

TP4W have such amazing doctors, midwives and nurses.  I cannot say enough about Dr. Grana and the rest of the staff for all the help, advice, guidance and medical care they provided me with all of my kids.  She made me feel safe and calm through both c-sections.  My routine care and pregnancy care have always been top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an OBGYN.  – Brooke

We were honored to receive a hand written note..

Dr. Grana, Angie, Jessica, Heather, April, Sarah and the rest of the staff –

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me through both of my pregnancies and births, especially my latest one on 10/29! most of yall know how nervous I was from having gone through a lot (to say the least) with my first in 2016. You all made me feel so comfortable and at ease before, during and after. And going through a touch year with my dad, you guys always asked how he was doing at every appointment, which was so thoughtful and beyond your job description. I know that you all see many women go through what i did each and every day and deliver many babies and perform many c-sections. But I hope you know how special Ruby’s delivery was to me. You all have amazing jobs! I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Love, Lucy

I have been going to TP4W since 2010/11 and could not be happier.

The staff, nurses, midwives, and doctors are all amazing. I have 2 sons, both delivered via cesarean by Dr. V. Every visit and every provider did everything in their power to give me the birth experience I wanted, and also ensure that myself and my babies were safe and healthy. Dr. V even did everything in his power to help me avoid my first c-section and VBAC with the second, but that turned out to be out of his hands and he was the absolute best surgeon. With my two pregnancies, I experienced a few scares and some unusual circumstances that would be too long and too private to write in a review, but every single hurdle was handled with grace, honesty, and professionalism. I am so thankful for the recommendation from a friend to come to this office. I can’t imagine ever going to another practice.

TP4W is amazing and I am so very thankful I found them 9 years ago!! Amazing partnership between midwives and doctors, sweet nurses and front end staff, and relaxing environment. I literally recommend them to all my friends! I look forward to my appointments and feel like I’m going to catch up with old friends.

I’ve always had wonderful experiences at TP4W. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough in their care. April delivered my son and I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She is patient and compassionate. I had the best labor and delivery experience thanks to her. I do and will continue to recommend them to my friends and family!