The New Year is seen by many as an opportunity for a fresh start. However, the New Year can also be seen as a daunting and anxiety-provoking time 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 quite often leave you feeling unenthused a short while later, leading to you breaking your New Year’s resolutions.
Maybe you feel like you want to do something for the New Year, but you don’t really want to set resolutions. Here are 5 alternatives to the traditional New Year’s resolution so that you can still feel organised and ready for 2021.
Reflect on 2020
2020 was an extremely challenging year, but throughout all the struggles were some positives. Remind yourself of both the things you’d like to change and the things that made you feel happy and proud. Doing this can help you understand what your priorities are 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 all the things you’d like to do throughout the year. You can cross everything you include off along the way once you’ve completed it and also 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 30-day challenge
The internet can be an amazing 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 and pick a few of the ones that 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 that you’re looking forward to will help to 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 are 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 dog’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 you’re 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 the busy and bustling world we live in – your word could be serenity. You can use your word to create a focus for the year and remind you of what direction you wanted to proceed in, without having concrete resolutions.