The New Year is seen by many as an opportunity for a fresh start.
However, the New Year can also be daunting and anxiety-provoking for many, as the idea of change and time running out can be unsettling.
You don’t just have to pick one thing that you have to stick to throughout the year. Our wants and desires grow with us, and what you might believe to be important to you at the beginning of the year can often leave you feeling unenthused a short while later, leading to breaking your New Year’s resolutions.
Maybe you want to do something for the New Year but don’t want to set resolutions. Here are 5 alternatives to the traditional New Year’s resolution so you can still feel organised and ready for 2023.
Reflect on 2021
2022 was likely a year that brought around some challenges, but there were probably still some positives throughout all the struggles. Remind yourself of the things you’d like to change and what made you feel happy and proud. Doing this can help you understand your priorities for the New Year by not leaving behind the past but instead working on it to make a better future.
Create a bucket list
Writing a bucket list is a great way to keep track of everything you’d like to do throughout the year. You can cross off everything you include along the way once you’ve completed it and add more as you go along.
Your bucket list doesn’t have to include monuments achievements like running a marathon or visiting luxury travel destinations; they can be small things that would make you (or the people you love) happy, such as learning how to cook your grandma’s favourite dish or finishing the book you started months ago.
Follow a monthly challenge
The internet can be a fantastic place filled with really handy resources. If you’re not sure exactly what you’d like to do in the new year, have a gander at some 30-day challenges on Google (or your search engine of preference) and pick a few of the ones you’re most interested in. There are loads to pick from, including cooking, photography, exercise and mindfulness challenges!
List the things that you’re looking forward to
Creating a list of things you’re looking forward to will help give you direction and make you feel hopeful for the new year. You don’t have to list anything too big, as we can’t predict the future with Covid-19, but planning small things to look forward to is a great way to start the year. You could note the release day of a new season of your favourite TV show or even your pet’s birthday.
Pick a word for the year
Instead of thinking of your goals for the year, you could think about one key thing you’d like to keep in mind. Perhaps you’re spending too much time on your phone and are conscious that you want to limit your social media intake. Your word could be mindful. Or maybe you want to find calm and peace in our busy and bustling world – your word could be serenity. You can use your word to create a focus for the year and remind you of what direction you want to proceed in without having concrete resolutions.
Whatever you wish to do in 2023, TheSprout wishes you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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