It is a saying we hear every year: "New Year, New Me". Love 'em, hate 'em, try 'em, deny 'em - no matter how you feel about New Year's Resolutions, you probably have an opinion about them. From eating healthier to feeling happier, here are some resolutions that you can get right into. Let's make our 2022 resolutions happen!
1. Write a Gratitude Journal
As the old saying goes: If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude or thought. Whenever you complain, you must also think of one thing to give thanks for - it’s 1 for 1 folk!
You can also keep a gratitude journal by spending a 10-mins period before sleeping to write down a couple of things you're grateful for that day.
2. Fit in 10 Minutes of Exercise
Time is running out? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? Try the 10-10-10 plan: Three 10-minute exercise bursts in a day. A short period of workouts can increase your motivation and save time. As you will only be exercising for 10 minutes each time, it will be easier to push yourself to concentrate and exercise more intensely during that period than if you were exercising for more than 30 minutes. You may even discover you're more present and mindful during workouts. When you exercise consistently, you may also experience a boost in self-confidence, as well as a growing drive to exercise.
3. Eat a Balanced Meal
Swap unhealthy foods for healthier choices. Follow the MyPlate rule - Quarter Quarter Half, and explore the official website for nutritional guidelines tailored to your individual needs. Start by choosing more whole and natural food. Try incorporating one or two changes at a time rather than eliminating everything you love at once. Over time, a few small swaps will add up to big dietary changes.
4. Drink at least 2L of Water
Water is linked with everything. More than 60% of our bodies contain water. Even as much as 90% of the blood is made up of water. Yet, interestingly, drinking water is rarely a priority. Make a commitment to drink at least 2L of water per day. If you find it difficult, start integrating water into your daily routine. It might be a good idea for those working at desks to drink some water every time they get up from their chairs. Drinking water after every meeting or after completing a task is a great way to keep hydrated. Consider having a glass of water before you eat a meal. Eventually, simple changes to increase your water intake on a daily basis can have a big impact on your health.
5. Schedule Me Time
Self-care looks different for everyone, but the idea is to do something for yourself each day. Take 10 minutes every day to do something for YOU. It could be reading a magazine/ novel, meditating, practicing yoga, or playing with your pet. Spending time alone allows you to unwind, reflect and reboot. It also allows you to develop a stronger connection with yourself.
6. Pay Less Attention to Your Phone
Nowadays, most of us are glued to our smartphones. It is true that social media has its place, but the majority of us spend more time using them than socializing in real life, which has shown to have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health. Instead of paying attention to your phone all the time, try connecting with a loved one, whether through small talk or short gatherings. Not only will it strengthen the relationships, but you will also feel more fulfilled. There are some events that you should consider putting the phone physically out of reach: where you’re eating, having family discussions, having joint activities such as playing board games, watching a movie, baking cookies, gardening, and such.
7. Keep a Planner
There's no denying that life is a marathon. Running from one obligation to the next barely gives us time to catch our breath. Spend 10 minutes planning out your daily task every morning. By keeping a planner, you can manage your time better and plan everything ahead.
Regardless of your resolution, be committed to it, celebrate small victories as well as big ones, and go easy on yourself. Setbacks are inevitable, but if they are handled correctly, they will not affect the big goal. The key is to avoid a defeatist attitude at all costs. In the case of a setback, you should identify what caused that moment, and how you can avoid it in the future. Forgive yourself when you slip up. A few small mistakes shouldn't ruin your resolution!
Written by: Foo Jia Qi
BSc (Hons) Nutrition With Wellness
Reviewed by: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA