As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to start making New Year’s Resolutions. You know the usual suspects: save more money, be productive and organized, make healthier choices, turn into a fitness enthusiast, be mindful.
How many times have you stuck to a New Year’s resolution for 365 days?
If your answer is, “always
Or, do you always start the new year with big plans to commit to better habits? New year, new you. Most of us start January 1 gung-ho with resolutions like the popular (and relevant) “lose the weight I gained during the holidays,” or “save more money.”
But real resolutions need to be action-based. Treat it like a project, with small, achievable steps. Rather than “lose weight,” you need to commit to habits like drinking more water, working out three times a week, and making lunch rather than going out for lunch.
This year, let’s make 5-day resolutions instead of 365-day resolutions. Together.
5 days is enough to figure out if you want to stick with a habit. Committing to 5 days is less daunting than 365 days. Maybe you want to be more mindful, learn something new, make healthier choices, save more money… whatever the big goals are, try it out for five days. Quit after that and try something else and it won’t be a failure. Or stick with it.
have you ever wanted to try something new? Try meditation? wake up early? improve your photography skills? Follow along or join us as we try out different habits and learn new things!
5-Day Resolutions to try
2019 New Year’s resolution ideas
Why do people meditate? Have you ever tried it? Psychology Today explains, “Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see things with greater perspective.” A simple way to get started with meditation is using the app, Headspace. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to try meditation for a few minutes (your choice: 5? 10? 30?? each day.
🚘 keeping a cleaner car
Take four minutes each day and do these four things to keep your car cleaner. (Maybe skip the fourth tip and vacuum weekly instead). The rest of the tips are super simple, and a few minutes in the morning or at the end of the day should be an easy habit to test for five days.
💦 drinking more water
make healthier choices
The Mayo Clinic recommends 11.5 cups of fluids daily, and water is the best fluid to drink. Water makes your body function properly, and the article points out, “Drink water if you’re feeling hungry. Thirst is often confused with hunger.” And if that’s not enough, WebMD notes one study found “that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at each meal. That doesn’t sound like a lot — but multiply 75 calories by 365 days a year. Even if you only drink water before dinner every day, you’d consume 27,000 fewer calories over the course of the year. That’s almost an eight-pound weight loss.” Can you commit to drinking at least a glass of water before meals for five days? Seems easy, let’s try!
🍴 making lunches rather than going to lunch
make healthier choices
This five-day challenge checks both the save more money and eat healthier boxes… and could be creative and fun! Join our lunch bowls
and more we are thinking about making morning smoothies, reading for thirty minutes daily, and taking a
- Sign up for a 5-day challenge. You get to pick how you’re going to do each one. You can do one or all of them, and you can do one at a time or all at once.
- Do the 5-day challenge. Whatever your challenge is, you should do it for 5 out of the 7 days in a week. So, you could skip a few days but need to do all five days.
- Share your experience with us! We’ll have a link in our newsletter with a few quick questions to answer, and we’ll compile everyone’s experiences on the blog!
We would love for you to j
🌟 good taste guide resolutions for 2019 🌟
Here are the lofty (but achievable!) New Year’s Resolutions for the Good Taste Guide: grow our community of women, and share things that make us happier, boost our confidence, motivate us to reach our goals, and encourage learning.