28 Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living

28 Achievable New Year's Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living

Your plans for New Year's 2021 are going to be a lot different than what they used to be, you may be trading in a New Year's Eve Party for more time on the couch in front of a festive New Year's movie, and your resolutions may look different, too. 

This year, fill your resolution list with easy, good-for-you goals. Try one of these simple lifestyle tweaks each day, and you'll not only jumpstart a healthier body and mind, you'll feel fantastic and so psyched to make 2021 a much better year than ever before. There are tips here that will calm you down and ease your stress, help your skin glow, and organize the crazy in your life. You'll find easy ways to squeeze a little more fitness into your busy days and sane strategies for decluttering. And if you are looking for ways to lose weight, we've got some surprising, fresh ideas that will help you get there.

This year, it's time to put you first: "New Year, New You!"

1. Build a better budget

If there's one New Year's resolution that will help you the most in the long run, it's making a vow to save more money. Before you head back to the office, outline a budget that works for you, and make a plan for how you'll stick to it.

2. Cook one new thing each week

Everyone wants to eat healthier in the new year, but you should also try to eat more diverse foods. After all, variety is the spice of life.

3. Read more books

January is the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a new book.

4. Join a club

Starting a new hobby is one thing, but joining a club will help you meet new people in the process.

5. Create a cleaning schedule you'll stick to

Keeping your home tidy without doing what feels like a deep clean every week can feel like a big ask. It's true that you may be under cleaning some tricky spots, but it's also true that you may be overdoing it elsewhere.

6. Drink less alcohol

You already know you don't need to drink to have fun. Doing so could improve your mood, sleep, skin, and immune system. Plus, it'll also help you save money.

7. Quit smoking

Cigarettes are extremely harmful for your health, particularly your lungs, but tobacco products in general pose a serious threat.

8. Eat veggies regularly

Whether you're slimming down or just staying healthy, vegetables are your friends.

9. Share your resolutions one-on-one

Some research shows that telling others your goal makes you feel like you've already achieved it.

10. Try a new diet plan

There are so many wonderful diet programs for you to explore in the new year, with the best options emphasizing more wholesome plates packed with fiber, essential nutrients, and plenty of greens.

11. Book all your doctor's visits for the year

Open your calendar app and make your appointments for the year in one sitting — not only will you get the anxiety-inducing nuisance over with, but exams will be less likely to get squeezed out as life gets bonkers.

12. Take the stairs

Take 10 minutes to run up the stairs in your office or home.

13. Become a plant owner

Swing by the garden center after brunch this weekend. Just the presence of indoor plants can lower human stress levels.

14. Plan a vacation

…When it feels safe to do so. Women who vacation at least twice a year have a lower heart attack risk than those do so rarely. And researchers have found that even thinking about an upcoming trip can boost happiness for weeks.

15. Start doing yoga with your partner

A Sunday morning couples' class could make Sunday afternoon much more fun.

16. Drink up

You know you need to hydrate, but it's especially important when you get only six hours of sleep (or less!). You’re more likely to be dehydrated the day after a short night of zzz's, because a hormone that regulates your body’s water conservation is released in later stages of sleep. So down some extra water on those days.

17. Consider therapy

We all lean on friends and family for support, but is this the year that you finally make a move to unpack your mental health?

18. Volunteer

Research shows that pitching in regularly can lead to less stress and lower blood pressure. So use this day to jumpstart a longer-term personal commitment.

19. Listen to novels while you work out

Exercisers who saved an audiobook for the gym worked out 51% more often than those who didn't.

20. Lift weights

If you're already nailed your cardio workouts in the past few years, why not try incorporating a new routine? A quality set of dumbbells can help elevate your workout, improve your stamina, and build muscle. Plus, they work well with many of the other gadgets in your home gym to reinvigorate your workout.

21. Wear workout gear that makes you feel good

Spend the afternoon shopping for workout clothes that flatter your body.

22. Donate old clothes

Bye-bye, too-tight jeans. Keeping smaller clothes as motivation to slim down is baloney.

23. Give yourself a new look

Working on your look is just as refreshing as turning over a new leaf internally.

24. Invest in your skincare routine

And no, we don't mean load up on foundation. Streamline your daily routine to allow yourself some time to incorporate products that really replenish your skin, not weigh it down.

25. Play upbeat music

Blasting any happy-making tune can work multiple mind-body wonders including reducing pain during exercise, elevating mood, and lowering stress, research shows.

26. Write to yourself

When your inner critic picks up her bullhorn, jot down the kind words you'd say to a friend in the same situation.

27. Do one thing at a time

Multitasking doesn't make you more efficient, but it does stress you out.

28. Switch up your routine
Any exercise is good for you, but one study found that people who worked out in multiple ways were less likely to have shortened telomeres, the DNA segments on the ends of chromosomes that tend to break down as we age.


Credit to Good Housekeeping website.

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