It’s the New Year and everyone’s coming up with (or already made) their goals for 2023. Instead of going with the normal goals of losing weight, going back to the gym, and eating healthier without knowing what any of those truly mean, we want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and really strive to make 2023 your year.
How can you do this?
By setting unique goals that have nothing to do with losing weight because you’re perfect the way you are. Remember that your body is beautiful and you don’t have to follow a trendy diet or exercise routine because it’s what your friends are doing.
Create new year’s resolutions that you truly believe in and will make you happier, healthier, and fulfilled this coming year. If you’re struggling to come up with something, here are six goals you can use to jumpstart your brainstorming.
Exercise To Feel Good
What a lot of people miss when they make exercising resolutions is that it doesn’t just help you lose weight—working out makes you feel good and strengthens your body too.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercising not only increases your overall health, but it releases endorphins—those feel-good hormones everyone wants more of. It also helps reduce the negative effects of stress, like our fight or flight response. Third, it helps you forget what was stressing you out earlier in the day. Finally, it helps improve your mood, increases you confidence, and lowers symptoms of mild depression and anxiety.
You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from movement either. Any form of exercise will help you feel good and get you stronger. So, explore different forms of exercise: running, biking, swimming, or yoga. If you try something and don’t like it, keep experimenting until you find something you enjoy, that helps you feel stronger.
Make A New Year’s Resolution To Try Something New
Maybe you already have your exercise routine on lock. You already get that “Runner’s High,” so you’re looking for something else. In that case, why not make a goal to try something new this year? If something already popped in your mind when we wrote that, go do that thing as soon as possible.
If you’re scratching your head wondering what’s something you haven’t already done, we have a couple of ideas.
We’d love to try our hand at painting or ceramics. You can sign up for a class or teach yourself. There’s no wrong way to paint or create something out of clay. You might not think it’s perfect, but set that aside and enjoy it for what it is: trying something new and creating something from a blank canvas.
If you’re not into creating, what about taking a dance or improv class? Not only will you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll create a new community and group of friends you wouldn’t have otherwise.
There are so many cool and fun classes you can take near where you live. Check out your area online, join an online community to find some, or ask your friends.
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Go On More Adventures This New Year
For the adventurous spirits, or maybe for those who want to be adventurous but haven’t taken the first step yet, consider going somewhere new this year.
Maybe you make 2023 your year of international travel. Enjoy cultural and sporting events in Auckland, New Zealand. Learn something through Indigenous-led experiences in British Columbia, Canada. Explore the archaeological museums of Egypt. Relax in quaint boutique hotels in Galilee, Israel. The world’s your oyster. Buy the plane ticket and go.
If you want to become more adventurous but international travel isn’t in the cards for you this year, try exploring new areas in your city or province. Close your eyes and point your finger to the map (or have Google’s help). An adventure is however you define it. And this year, you’re not sticking to normal definitions. You’re making your own.
Make It A Goal To Give Back To Your Community
Volunteering truly makes the world go round. Most organizations wouldn’t be where they are had it not been for people taking time out of their lives to help out.
The beautiful thing about volunteering is that you can make a difference in just a few hours. Most organizations need help and don’t have the staff or budget to get everything done that needs to be completed. You make a difference by allowing them to save their money to put it into other important areas in their organization.
You’re also not limited to just cleaning up your neighborhood, like what a lot of people assume. You can volunteer for an organization in line with your passions. For example, animal rights, women’s rights, education, children, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC. The options are endless because there are so many people who want to help others. You can be that person too.
If you ever need a reality check, try volunteering and help people in need. Assisting those who have less teaches you to be grateful for what you have while also makes their lives a little bit better too.
Prioritize Sleep As A New Year’s Resolution
Too many of us aren’t getting enough sleep; and honestly, it’s just as important as moving your body and eating to support a healthy body. In fact, the University Of Michigan reports, “Sleep is essential to every process in the body, affecting our physical and mental functioning the next day, our ability to fight disease and develop immunity, and our metabolism and chronic disease risk.”
Not just that, but having an adequate amount (and high quality) of sleep can help us with our mental health. Slacking on sleep does more than just make you sleepy the next day. By consistently not getting enough sleep, you risk developing depression, anxiety, and other conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get seven or more hours of sleep per night. So, if you’re not hitting that minimum, make it a point to get that rest your body so desperately needs.
New Year’s Resolution Goals In A Nutsheel
Our list is to help you brainstorm your own new year’s resolution goals that mean something for you. Whether you want to work out to feel good, try something new, go on more adventures, do good in your community, or prioritize sleep, any of these goals would be great goals to have. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to come up a goal either. It’ll find you.