15 Simple, Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Anyone To Take On

15 Simple, Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Anyone To Take On

It's easy to make up a New Year's resolution, but not always easy to achieve it.


It's easy to make up a New Year's resolution, but not always easy to achieve it. To fix this, below is a list of resolutions that are easily obtainable, no matter the mindset one may have when going into the new year.

1. Go for more walks

Everyone says they're going to exercise more each new year, but after the first week in January, the gyms empty out. Instead of trying to push yourself to the extreme, try taking more walks — whether that be once a day or once a week. Fresh air and a little bit of exercise do wonders for the body.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Like the whole exercise thing, the second most popular New Year's resolution is to "eat healthier." However, don't deprive yourself of the post-holiday treats. A balanced meal is all you need, so simply try to increase your fruit and veggie intake.

3. Drink more water

You don't have to chug a gallon of water a day, or walk around campus carrying a water jug as if you were a professional athlete. Instead, just increase how much you consume. An easy goal would be to try to drink at least one glass of water with every meal! Treat yourself to the sweeter juices and sodas afterward.

4. Call relatives once a week (at least)

We all know that calling Great Aunt Sue may mean having your ear chatted off for an hour, but think about how much it means to her. Even if the only thing your family members talk about is their broken dishwasher, it isn't the conversation that should matter to you — it's the person telling it.

5. Pick a bad habit...and stop it

Whether you bite your nails, spend too much time watching television, or take part in boredom eating, choose your nastiest habit and throw it out the door! This may be the most difficult New Year's resolution to achieve, but it will be well worth your while. By logging every time you partake in your bad habit, and telling a friend to monitor you as well, you can easily kick it out in three weeks or less.

6. Volunteer once or twice

… \or as much as you can! Giving back to your community is not only an angel's deed, but it can truly turn around someone else's year. Plus, it's a great resumé booster!

7. Be kinder to strangers

This may seem meaningless, but you never know what kind of day the people around you are having. Hold the door open for the person behind you, let a car go in front of you on the highway, or compliment your cashier's outfit, and you could turn their entire day around.

8. Tell your loved ones that you love them

Just as important as it is to call grandma every once in a while, it's super important to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. I'm not saying to end every sentence with "I love you," but reminding them that you care about them could never do any harm.

9. Explore somewhere new

Take a drive to a mountain, the beach, or even a newly opened restaurant right down the street. The world is large, so start exploring it.

10.  Get out of your comfort zone

Whether this means joining a club you've been wanting to join, trying a new type of food, or going to a party you may never have gone to before — live your life to the fullest! Get out there and do big things (even if it is only for one night).

11.  Use less plastic

For the sake of Mother Earth, please just do this anyway. Invest in a metal straw (found in multi-packs on Amazon for only a few dollars), switch over to a reusable water bottle, and bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Every little action makes a world of a difference.

12.  Recycle

Yes, this is different than the previous resolution. Again, for Mother Earth's sake, you should already be recycling. Any plastic that you happen to use, or any glass, metal, or paper should be recycled! If your dorm room doesn't supply you with a recycling bin, make your own!

13.  Journal more

Journaling is a healthy way to release emotions, let out stress, or to keep track of thoughts and memories. Looking back at it in a few years, you'll be able to see your growth and/or relive the good moments of the past.

14.  Partake in self-care

Wash your face, take a bubble bath, stretch, meditate...whatever this may entail, look out for yourself, and make sure you take care of you. It's necessary to be selfish sometimes and set aside some "me time" to get in check with yourself and make sure you're doing OK.

15.  Love yourself

Again...yes, this is different than partaking in self-care. Give yourself compliments. Take selfies. Look at your reflection and own it. Tell yourself you're good enough. You deserve every ounce of love, so give it to yourself.

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17 Resolutions For 2017

New Years is the perfect excuse for making better habits.

It is officially 2017! After the mess of a year that was 2016, I definitely wanted to take the new year as an opportunity to strive to be a better person. There are so many aspects in my personal life that I would like to perfect or better, and the new year is a fantastic opportunity to begin working on the such things. I feel that there are many New Years resolutions that are common among all people including exercising more, eating healthier, and practicing self-care; so, I have compiled a list of 17 resolutions that I would like to accomplish in 2017 in order to inspire others who share some or all of the same goals.

1. Say yes to more adventures.

I spent the latter half of 2016 studying abroad in England, which was an adventure that was completely out of comfort zone. However, this experience helped me grow as a person. In the new year, I would like to do a lot more of what makes me uncomfortable.

2. ...but be comfortable with saying no.

Although saying yes to new things can be eye-opening growing experiences, it is important to learn to say no to things that bring you stress.

3. Take more time to relax.

As a working college student, I tend to have a lot of responsibilities and due dates that flood my life with stress and anxiety. I feel that I definitely need to learn how to relax and take time to practice self-care.

4. Eat a cleaner diet.

Eating clean is something that I would like to practice during the new year, because clean diets have been found to lead to clearer skin, less anxiety, and more energy.

5. Work Out consistently.

In addition to eating clean, exercising is key to achieving a healthy, balanced life. Personally, I love running and working out, but I would like to follow a consistent plan during the new year in order to make more time for exercising.

6. Have a schedule and follow it.

Sometimes, I find myself forgetting events or due dates. I think it is important to write important reminders down and create and follow a daily schedule so that you are able to stay on track.

7. Stop procrastinating.

It is extremely easy to procrastinate on school or work if you do not practice healthy habits. In 2017, I am going to try my hardest to develop small habits that will lead to big differences in my work performance.

8. Maintain a better sleeping pattern.

I have a really poor habit of falling asleep and waking up at erratic times, so I am striving to develop a healthier and steady sleep schedule that will hopefully be leaving me feeling energized throughout the day.

9. Read one book per month.

A good way to relax is to read, and I haven't found the time to read a good book in a long time. Also, reading is a brilliant alternative to spending time mindlessly scrolling through social media.

10. Challenge myself to save $5000 by the end of the year.

I found a great plan for saving money (thanks to Pinterest), and I am really excited to follow it so that I can learn how to save and manage my money better.

11. Be more patient.

Oftentimes, I find myself extremely impatient with how certain aspects of my life are panning out, so I feel that it might be healthy to relax and leave some things in the hands of the universe.

12. Unplug more.

Every morning, I wake up and immediately turn to my phone in order to check my texts and social medias. I want to get rid of this nasty habit and spend more time doing healthy activities in the mornings such as reading or practicing yoga.

13. Spend less time in my room.

Sometimes, I feel that life is too much to handle and I don't want to leave my room. However, it is important to remember that everything will turn out fine. Get out and embrace the day!

14. Make my own coffee at home more often.

One of my worst habits is giving a lot of my money to Starbucks. It is easy to stop at the Starbucks drive-thru on the way to school or work, but the money you spend on coffee certainly adds up after a while.

15. Call more people.

If I am unable to talk to someone in person, I certainly result to sending a short text to them. However, I find that it is healthier to speak over the phone if possible; this simple act can help relationships flourish.

16. Spend less money on frivolous things.

The amount of clothes, food, makeup, or coffee that I have spent money on is honestly ridiculous. I should be saving my money for more important things, so in 2017, I would like to be more of a minimalist.

17. Do my best.

All in all, I can draft out my goals for the new year, but the only thing I can do to be a better person is my best. I hope that you try your best to make 2017 your year to thrive!

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It's Always A Good Time To Better Yourself

New year, new you.


We all like to play the New Year's game of creating resolutions most of us will most definitely not keep. We hear everyone going on and on about "new year, new me" and pretend like we want to engage as well. I failed to realize what it is about the new year that makes people want to change themselves. It's as if the digit changing at the end of the year is important to us changing ourselves.

You can make a change at any time of the year, so why now?

With this upcoming year, I feel like I have answered the qualms of the above statements. I have realized it is less about a new you, but more about a better you. The new year makes us feel fresh and gives us new energy. The digit changing, it gives us the motivation to make the changes to improve ourselves. While the last year has been so generous, I want to make the next year even better.

This is not a how-to guide on how to keep your resolutions, but more on how to make them. We tend to set unrealistic goals based off of ideas perpetuated by society rather than what truly makes us happy. We think by losing weight we will feel better about ourselves. By doing this we bypass the real goal altogether, feeling good about ourselves. This can apply in other circumstances. as well. If you're a writer, your goal could be to write more instead of writing better or writing something you care about. By deciding what truly matters to us, we can set goals that guide us to success instead of deterring it.

Even a simple task every day, like making the bed, can set the tone for the day as productive and neat.

Everyone is different and having the same three goals as every other person will not help you. Think about who you are and what you need to motivate you. Going to the gym may make you hate getting out of bed in the morning, but a small workout at home can be just as effective and more interesting for you.

Resolutions are what you make them out to be. You can choose to make them something meaningful.

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