A new year is now ahead of us. Every year, people make goals and resolutions to better themselves only to fail. Rather than making big resolutions, how about just adding a new habit to your life?
Make this new year your best year yet by developing these five habits.
1Have fun being active
Instead of having a tangible goal to lose five pounds or to fit into your skinny jeans, make it a goal to be active and to have fun while doing so. You may need to explore some new active hobbies such as bicycling, yoga, or hiking.
It can be difficult to commit to going to a stuffy gym five times a week but if you enjoy going out for a long ride on your street bike, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Exercise has so many benefits from reducing your risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more, to improving your mental health and mood.
2Pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill
Hobbies offer you an escape from the daily grind and let you try out new challenges. They also provide an outlet for stress and can be a great way to blow off steam. Learning a new skill challenges your mind in new ways and can ignite new passions in you. There has to be one or two things that you have always wanted to try, but never found the time or courage. Why not try them now? Adding another thing
There has to be one or two things that you have always wanted to try, but never found the time or courage. Why not try them now? Adding another thing to your plate may seem like it will add more stress but hobbies give you a break from the routine and can actually be a great stress reliever.
3Increase the quality time you spend with family and friends
Hardly anyone ever regrets taking their spouse on a great date or making fun memories with their children. So do this more. Your to-do list can wait. Be intentional this year about dating your spouse, having playdates with your kids, and visiting your parents at their place. Tasks and goals will eventually fade away, but time spent with loved ones is cherished forever.
Be intentional this year about dating your spouse, having playdates with your kids, and visiting your parents at their place. Tasks and goals will eventually fade away, but time spent with loved ones is cherished forever.
Studies show that people who are grateful tend to be happier. By practicing gratitude, you don’t have to change your circumstances at all. You simply have to change your mindset.
Start a gratitude journal where each day, you write down three things you are grateful for, or share the things you are grateful for with your family. By appreciating all the good things in your life, you will be much happier.
5Reduce screen time
We waste so much time behind our phones, tablets, computers, and TVs. Commit to reducing your screen time this year and spend that time doing something more productive and fulfilling.
You can go for a walk outside, read a book, play with your kids, or practice the new skill you are learning. If you need to zone out behind a screen for a bit, set a timer and turn it off once the alarm rings. You’d be surprised at how much more fulfilling life can be when you aren’t binge-watching Netflix or scrolling through Facebook.
All of these are simple enough to start and can make a big impact in your health and mindset this coming year. Take the time to make these small changes and by the end of the year, you’ll look back and realize this year has been one of your best yet!
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Author: Dr. Kurt Smith
Dr. Kurt Smith is the Clinical Director of Guy Stuff Counseling & Coaching, a Northern California counseling practice that specializes in helping men and the women who love them. His expertise is in understanding men, their partners, and the unique relationship challenges couples face today. Dr. Kurt is a lover of dogs, sarcasm, everything outdoors, and helping those seeking to make their relationships better.