I think most of us are the same when it comes to New Year's resolutions. We start off on January 1 with the best intentions and by the end of the first week, we've pretty much forgotten about them. Just me?
This year, I have come up with four ideas that I think I can actually handle following and that I think will do a lot of good for me. As I looked over the list again this morning, I realized that they all kind of go hand in hand. They are all ways to reduce stress and find a little inner balance.
1. Stress less
This is a big one for me this year. The past 2 1/2-3 years, my life has felt a bit out of my own control and I can feel that starting to settle down a bit lately. I need to take a little time out each day to re-focus on what is important. Whether it be listening to a meditation app or grabbing dinner with a friend, every chance to just breathe and be happy certainly helps.
2. Exercise more
So this one is usually at the top of my list. I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I definitely go through phases of being really diligent about it and then ignoring it completely. My focus this year is to be consistent with it. Trying to get in three or four times a week shouldn't be so hard (famous last words!). And this goes along with reducing stress because I always feel so much better when I am exercising regularly.
3. Read more
I have a tendency to end each day in bed with my Netflix. It's just so easy to watch another episode, right?!?! But I have a pile of books by my bed and I really want to tackle it. Like exercise, I go through phases with reading. I will quickly devour four or five books and then it's back to my shows. Again, reading reduces stress and is so much better for you before bed.
4. Save more money
I am the worst with money, I'm the first to admit it. I just have never been very good at it. A few months ago, I opened an additional savings account with Simple and I transfer money into it as I can. Even tiny amounts can add up! This year, I want to continue with that and have it available as an emergency fund so I don't panic when my car needs work again :)