Well, here we are about to face a new year. I know I have high hopes for 2021, and you probably do, too. After 2020, there's nowhere to go but up, right? Let's hope I don't eat my words later…
While the start of 2021 might look a little different than previous New Year's Days, it's still a good opportunity to think about your goals, wishes, and dreams. These don't necessarily have to be big, life-changing things—you can start small. Or if you're feeling up to the challenge, why not manifest something huge? There are no rules here.
Everyone sets different resolutions for the new year, but I think a majority of people tend to ditch their resolutions mid-January. In fact, apparently, January 17 is the day most people give up, according to a study by the fitness app Strava.
There are steps you can take to ensure your success and beat the January 17 fatigue. Having someone to hold you accountable or writing down your goals in a journal and keeping track of them throughout your progress could help. And of course, having the right tools and products can keep you on track. We've rounded up some items that can help, based on common resolutions or goals. Take a look below.
If Your Resolution Is… to Eat Healthier
The New Year is a good opportunity to start fresh with your eating plan. A lot of people decide to embark on very restrictive diets on January 1, but you don't have to feel pressured to do that or to deprive yourself. Start by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, or make a plan to order less takeout and try new recipes. Small lifestyle changes can help you stick to your resolution. Here are some tools that can get you excited about meal prepping.
If Your Resolution Is… to Work Out More
If Your Resolution Is… to Focus on Your Career
Whether you're just starting out, forging a new path, or are already established in your career, it still helps to make a list of goals or wishes for the moves you want to make this year.
If Your Resolution Is… to Learn a New Hobby or Skill
The possibilities can be endless when searching for a new hobby to take up. Even though we might not be able to attend classes or workshops in person, there are plenty of virtual options available. Here are a few DIY kits to start.
If Your Resolution Is… to Take Care of Yourself
For those who want to prioritize and take care of their mental health this year, there are a couple of things you can add to your to-do list, like seeking out therapy or finding a support group. Setting aside some moments of self-care is also a simple way to start tending to your needs and recharge.
For anyone who's trying Dry January, this book can help you get started. It gives you tips on how to make a plan and how to use your community to help you stay on track. There are also non-alcoholic "cocktail" recipes and prompts that will really make you think about your alcohol consumption.
If Your Resolution Is… to Be Smarter About Your Finances
Knowledge is power, so learning more about finances and budgeting can help you make smarter decisions about your money. Here are a few books that can help.
If Your Resolution Is… to Focus on Your Relationships
If you're in a relationship, this book provides activities and prompts to strengthen your bond and communication skills. Each "date" covers a different issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams.
Even though we might not be able to keep up with our friends and family in person, we can still let them know we're thinking of them thanks to technology. But consider snail mail—it can be a special way to reach out.