The start of the new year and the clear cut break it provides from old into new has made it a popular time for people to bring about positive change in their lives. One of the most common ways in which people prepare to make changes in the new year is through the creation of New Year’s resolutions, which have become a popular tradition across the Western Hemisphere. If you’ve decided to make some New Year’s resolutions this year, here are 5 examples that you may wish to take.
- To live more sustainably
Conscious living and being more sustainable are at the forefront of many peoples minds at the moment which makes a resolution to live more sustainably quite aptly for 2020. Living sustainably can mean different things to different people, perhaps you wish to cut down on your plastic usage, or switch your home energy to renewable sources, or maybe you’re considering adopting a plant-based diet to lower your carbon footprint.
- To learn a new instrument
Many of us wish we could play a musical instrument which makes the start of the new the perfect time to start Googling for a ‘music school near me’. If you’ve longed to play the piano or vowed to play the violin then now is your time to act. Learning an instrument is not only beneficial for building confidence and increasing memory but it can also help yo widen your social circle and introduce you to new friends.
- To learn a new language
Have you ever been on holiday and felt embarrassed that you weren’t able to speak more of the local language, especially when everyone seems to speak English so well? Well, the new year is the perfect time for you to change that. Learning a new language can be daunting but with the help of audio guides, YouTube videos and skill-sharing sites it has never been easier to speak another tongue.
- To be more grateful
Gratitude has been another word used a lot in the self-help and mental wellbeing space of 2019 which makes it a great word to take forward into your 2020 New Years resolutions. It can be all too easy to focus on what we don’t have in our lives or the things that seem to be going wrong for us, but this mindset can leave us feeling unhappy and resentful. Instead, invite gratitude into your life in 2020 by keeping trying to be more grateful for the things you take for granted each day. An easy way to do this is with a gratitude journal.
- To give back
Sometimes the best New Year’s resolution you can make isn’t one that is going to have an impact on yourself directly but will instead give something back to others or make an impact on your community. A popular way to give back is by helping to fill some of the many volunteering opportunities in your area, or alternatively to pledge to make a regular charitable donation to a cause you care about.