It’s almost that time of year again, a time many of us absolutely dread New Year’s Eve. While we love to party with friends and family well past midnight, the celebrations also mean being forced to think about the year ahead and how we’ll use that time to improve ourselves. Thinking about years as arbitrary separations of time is useless when everyone at the party comes up and asks if you have any resolutions!

The stress of these plans will often force people to make resolutions that are much too hard to achieve. But resolutions don’t have to be concrete plans, like “run a marathon” or “climb Mount Everest”. They should simply be ways you’ll make the coming year more enjoyable! If you’re stuck for a resolution, here are some ideas to help you make 2019 a year you’ll fondly remember.

Take More Time To Relax

Many people try to recall the blessings of the past year when New Year’s Eve rolls around, but this task can make a lot of us anxious instead. If you’ve had a rough year, remembering what made it so bad is never fun. While it might be hard, looking forward instead and resolving to move past this stress and anxiety can make the festivities more hopeful.

This is why you should make a resolution to simply take more time to relax. Make more room for yourself and commit to spending more time doing what you love. Aromatherapy, massage appointments, a good book, your favourite TV show, or any hobbies you enjoy can help you find that calming, balanced centre. You deserve it!

Get Into A New Exercise

Getting back into shape is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, meaning it’s also one of the most broken resolutions, too. People often get stymied by the cold weather and a lack of imagination, which is perfectly reasonable. Exercise can be boring and make you self-conscious, especially if you’re taking on a scheduled regimen for the first time in a while (or in your life!).

So if there’s a new exercise you’ve always wanted to try, why not make 2019 the year to do it? We’re talking yoga, Pilates, equipment-free cardio routines, etc. So many low impact exercises can be done indoors and in private, where you can take the time to find your feet and take up a routine you love. Exercise doesn’t mean joining a gym or jogging right away!

Get Proper Sleep

Sleep should never be sacrificed because it has the biggest impact on your mood, memory, and mental health. The body uses a good rest to ingest all the information you’ve taken in during the day, remove harmful toxins from the brain, and create memories. Without proper sleep, most of us can’t properly handle day-to-day tasks.

The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to make it a priority. Use the half-hour or hour before bed as a way to wind down and prepare your mind for sleep. This means no electronic devices in the bedroom! If you’re having trouble, diffusing essential oils like lavender can really help you relax. Try to get between seven and nine hours a night, and think about keeping a sleep journal or using an app to track your sleep.

Like we said, resolutions don’t have to be solid, go-for-broke goals. If those help you see results and motivate you, absolutely make them! But those kinds of resolutions often just set people up for disappointment, making the whole idea of resolutions seem useless. Resolutions should always help make life more fulfilling, and never something used to beat yourself up. Whatever your goals, always view them positively, and have a happy New Year!

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