9 Reasonable New Year's Resolutions That Aren't About Losing Weight

9 Reasonable New Year's Resolutions That Aren't About Losing Weight

Be kind to yourself
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I go to the gym every day of the week EXCEPT for the first two weeks in January. Why? Well, the gym becomes flooded with New Year's Resolutioners - all with the goal to lose X amount of weight and get in shape. But after two weeks, 80% of them have given up and I can finally get my elliptical back.

I'm honestly not surprised that only 20% of them stick to their goal. People use the New Year as an attempt to make drastic changes to their lives. It's extremely difficult to cut bad habits cold turkey or make complete lifestyle changes in a day. Things like that take time, and it's easy to become overwhelmed by them.

Now that 2018 is here and it's time to decide on a resolution to make, try to be realistic. Don't make a resolution that will be impossible to keep! Be kind to yourself and chose one that is a bit more subtle. New year's resolutions do not have to be completely life altering! Here are a few reasonable ideas for new year's resolutions to get you started:

1. Read more

Reading is super beneficial for the mind. It's relaxing and enlightening. Reading makes us smarter (unless you are reading celebrity tweets). Pick up a few books this year and read them cover to cover. I know it is hard to find time to read, but maybe cut back on your Netflix time to engage in a good novel!

2. Be more spontaneous

I know I'm not alone when I say that I tend to be very routine and comfortable in that routine. Doing random things without planning them in advance can really bring on my anxiety. This year I am going to try to go with the flow more, relax, and enjoy the spontaneous things, and maybe you should give it a go too if you are stuck in the same boat!

3. Be successful in school

A new year bring a new opportunity to excel. 2018 will be bringing on a new spring and fall semester - so make it a point to be successful! Work hard in all of your classes and avoid being a slacker, which brings me to my next resolution...

4. Stop Procrastinating

Have you ever been guilty of waiting until the last possible minute to complete an assignment or study for an exam and then not earning the grade you hoped to? Then maybe it's time to stop procrastinating! This is best achieved by getting a head start on papers and planning out time to study. Next time you find yourself watching Netflix, ask yourself if there is something more productive that you could be doing. If the answer is yes, close that laptop and get to it!

5. Start a journal

Keeping a journal should not feel burdensome. It doesn't mean you have to make an entry every day or log every second of your life. It also does not mean you are keeping a diary! A journal can be whatever you make it out to be. Just write down the things that make you feel happy - things you want to remember. Or, if you are having a rough day, release your frustrations through the ink of your pen. Write a poem or sketch a picture if you are feeling inspired!

6. Drink more water

A lot of people struggle to meet the recommended 8 glasses (64 fluid ounces) of water each day. Make it a priority to stay hydrated in 2018! Keep a water bottle with you at all times! Staying hydrated is beneficial to your overall health. Your skin will be softer, your system will be more regular, and you will just feel better overall!

7. Eat more fruits and veggies

Maybe you do need to start living healthier. BUT that does not mean you need to make a resolution to lose 20lbs in 2018! Start simpler by making it a goal to start eating healthier. Incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet is an excellent way to start making an overall lifestyle change!

8. Take time to relax

We are all guilty over overloading our schedules and being go-go-go none stop. I do it to myself all the time. This results in unnecessary stress. It is important to find time to relax! Being stressed out all the time is not healthy. Find an activity that allows you to release some of that stress, whether it be listening to music, taking a bubble bath, coloring, going for walks, yoga, reading, writing, running, etc. It's amazing what having an outlet can do with reducing stress level!

9. Unplug

So many people are attached to their cell phones and social media. So many people waste so much time binge watching Netflix or playing video games for hours on end. Being so consumed by technology can lead us to miss out on experiences. Spend some time "unplugged" and simply be present in the moment with the people around you. Take in the atmosphere and enjoy life without technology!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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If You Choose Not To Vaccinate Your Kids, Then Take Responsibility For It

Choosing not to vaccinate your kid can put them and other kids at risk for preventable disease, do your research before putting others at risk.

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There is a lot of controversies when it comes to vaccinations, most people have their kids vaccinated but there are people out there not are completely against it. They say it causes autism and other risks.

Personally, I have had all 3 of my kids vaccinated, and they have had no side effects and have rarely been sick. And there has not been any research saying that these vaccines cause any kind of side effects besides what is stated by the doctor when they are done.

Autism has not been linked to vaccines, people have their own beliefs and opinions but when you don't get your kids vaccinated you are putting other kids at risk of getting sick.

Because of this small minority of people think that vaccines are bad for their kid's health. They may be a small group but they are a very vocal group.

I don't usually criticize other parents on how they raise their kids, but when it comes to my kid's health I'm going to say something, as do other parents. Most of the time when your kids are going to school they have to be vaccinated or they can not attend.

And I know that these parents are just looking out for the children just like the rest of us, but sometimes these thoughts that they have are a little misguided.

People think that big government is just lying to us about vaccines and that they are just harmful chemicals going into our kid's bodies and will just make them sick. They think that the vaccine is more harmful then their kid getting the measles.

These parents have been told by anti-vax professionals that these vaccines are harmful, so instead of asking your child's doctor about immunizations they just go by what these "professionals" tell them.

One of the biggest arguments is that the vaccines make people sicker, We are not getting sicker if we are vaccinated not even a bit, getting vaccinated we are making our kids healthier because we are preventing them from getting sick.

There is roughly 1 serious vaccine injury out of every million vaccines given. This is a number that is worldwide, from Japan to Australia. Vaccines are safe and effective, not because pharmaceutical say they are, but because of the decades of research show they are.

So stop listening to all these so-called anti-vax professionals, talk to you doctors do all your research. your child's health and all the children around thems health depends on it.

And if you do choose not to vaccinate then tell the school and parents that your kid is not vaccinated, because if your child gets the measles or any other preventable diseases then the parents will know how their kid got it or to protect them from it.

So get your kids vaccinated, it's great for society and not expensive, and most of all it could just save their life.

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