by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 7th January, 2019
A new year has many of us thinking about the changes we can make to our lives in order to make them better going forward.
However, it can sometimes be tough to pinpoint exactly what resolutions you want to make in your life.
To help point you in the right direction, we're going to take a look at some of the subjects you may consider developing some resolutions on.
Think about the ones that mean the most to you, or that you need to make the most improvement in, and adopt them as you see fit!
Some want to make improvements in themselves. Self care, and the growth that comes from it, are great things to focus on in the new year. Let's take a look at a few self care resolutions you can make!
Health is a place where many people start when they're thinking about their New Year's resolutions. Some want to improve their health overall, while others have something specific they want to focus on, like an illness or condition, getting into better shape or losing weight.
Even if you're in an ideal place health-wise, it's worth thinking about how you can continue the growth. Maybe you want to make your morning jog a little longer, or at least make sure you keep up the habit. It's worth thinking about!
It can be so easy to put off going to the doctor, the dentist or any other health professional for just about any reason. For some it's fear, for others it's guilt, and sometimes it can be both. However, being more proactive about your health can allow you to escape that fear and gain control over your body.
When you stay on top of doctor visits, you can feel better about your health. In turn, it can snowball into a higher level of confidence that makes going to the doctor much easier. Remember, most illnesses and conditions, even if you have them, can at least be helped by a doctor, if not cured.
It's only in recent years that mental health care has become a more important endeavor. People can often feel ashamed, afraid or uncomfortable with their mental health situations. However, it's important to keep in mind that just like caring for your body, caring for your mind can leave you happier and healthier.
There's nothing wrong with seeking help for mental health problems, or seeing a therapist even if nothing is "wrong". Addressing problems and getting mental health checkups are a great idea for feeling well overall!
One of the most popular New Year's resolutions involves losing weight. This is a noble goal, but many people go about it incorrectly. This is why so many give up after just a month, or sometimes even less. Instead of attempting a huge overhaul of your diet and exercise habits, make small steps that add up over time.
Start by writing down what you eat for a week or two, then look for small changes you can make to improve your nutrition. With exercise, start with five or ten minutes at a time until you get used to the habit, then you can increase the length and intensity.
Are you satisfied with your job, or is there something else you'd rather be doing? There's no time like the present when it comes to reaching for your dreams. The following tips can help you to find the path that will be most fulfilling in your life.
If you aren't happy with your current job, but don't know what you'd prefer to be doing then seeking out the help of a career counselor can be a useful endeavor. They can help to pinpoint what skills you have, and in what ways you may be able to use them for a fulfilling career.
Remember, we spend a huge amount of time throughout our lives working, so it's a good idea to have a job that you enjoy, or at least one that you feel is meaningful to you in some way.
Life is too short to be stuck in a job that you dread going to. Admittedly, it can be scary to make the leap into another path. Things can be uncertain, and many people fear failure. That said, keep in mind that even making the attempt is a lot more than most people do in their lifetimes.
If you try and fail, you can take a step back, regroup and try again in a new way. Or you might find that a slightly different path is the right one for you. You'll never have the chance to learn if you don't step outside your comfort zone.
It's never to late to leave behind a job that doesn't make you happy for something new. We know, it's scary, but in the end it's likely to be worth it. Take a look into the career paths you'd be interested in and learn a bit about what you'd need to do to get into them.
Whether it means starting at the bottom or going back to school, it's likely to require effort to get where you want to go. In the end, you'll be proud of the work you put in and likely a lot more satisfied with your job.
One of the goals many people have alongside having a more fulfilling career is earning more. This is a great goal, but it's worth keeping in mind that it may not always come in tandem with a new career path. Often, you'll have to work your way up in order to have greater earning potential.
However, if you're looking to earn more in a field you're already in, it can be a much more likely goal. Discuss a raise with your employer, or look at similar jobs that offer greater pay. In time, you're sure to find something!
When you feel like your social life has been waning, it may be a good idea to look for the things that are most important to you. Maybe that's spending time with your family, or maybe you need to get out a little more. These tips can help you to look through your social life for any changes you want to make.
We can often get so wrapped up in work, or the problems in our own lives that we begin to forget about spending time with those we care about. Don't forget to set aside some time regularly to make fun new memories with your family and friends.
This doesn't even have to require a big commitment. You can have a movie night, go camping, or play board games with those close to you. Anything that involves a relaxing or fun time together will be very meaningful to you and those around you. Remember, when it's all said and done, those memories will be far more important than any amount of money you could have earned.
Eliminating negativity can not only include trying to reign in your own negative thoughts, but also keeping tabs on people who may be negative influences on your life. Those who make you feel badly about yourself or treat you poorly have no place there.
Instead, focus on spending more time with those who try to lift you up. Time is limited for us all, and it's not worth hanging onto those who bring you down. Especially when there are plenty of caring people out there who will help to improve your life instead.
Another resolution that can really help to improve your life is to work on building empathy. Often, we can forget that those around us are people with their own lives and stories. Instead, we just see them as fixtures in our own lives, either helping or hindering us.
Seeing people in a new way can help you to be more compassionate and caring for those around you. In addition, it can help you to feel better as well, knowing that there are others out there who are going through ups and downs the same as you are.
While this may be a smaller resolution possibility, it's a powerful one. Learning to listen more, and inject your own thoughts less can really be helpful in your personal relationships. It can help you to be a better friend, family member and coworker.
In addition, you'll learn so much about the people around you. As you learn the stories of others, you'll find that it's much easier to understand and communicate with them. Remember that this one doesn't have to mean being completely silent, just taking a few more pauses to really listen to those who are speaking to you.