It’s Not Too Late: Resolutions You Can Still Make This Year
Why should January 1st get all the glory when it comes to making changes in your life?
Whether it’s February, July, or even November, you can still make a resolution to address something you’d love to “fix” in your life.
Stay more focused at work. If you have the luxury of making your own hours, it’s easy to let yourself get distracted.
Downloading a program like Cold Turkey will keep you from going too far off task because you can set it to block access to popular time-wasting sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as any other sites you personally have trouble staying away from.
Spend more fun time with family. Even if you’re spending a lot of time with your family, how much of it involves actually hanging out and enjoying each others’ company? How much is instead spent delegating—who cleans the room, whose turn it is to do dishes, etc—or doing errands together?
Just as having a routine date night with your spouse is important, family nights are also valuable. Try a family game night, whether you just play one game or several.
If game night’s not your thing, try nature walks, arts and crafts projects everyone can get into, or quick and easy science experiments. Even the ritual of 30 minutes spent having fun together can melt stress away and help you bond when everyone seems to be drifting in their own direction.
Visit friends more. This one’s tough because everyone’s already busy with their own family. Try at least a monthly meeting with friends for brunch, coffee, or a drink after the kids are in bed. Host them at your house or go out, it’s your choice.
You may even want to consider creating a club, like a book club or something around your favorite TV show. Meet up to discuss a story or watch an episode of the show and enjoy wine or coffee while you do it.
Take better care of yourself. Most resolutions are geared toward pursuing happiness, whether it’s got to do with health, career, family, or friends. Starting from the inside and working your way out is a good resolution to set any time of the year.
Switch your diet so that it contains more fruits and vegetables than processed foods. Work out at least 15 minutes a day. Change your thought patterns to say more positive things to yourself. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and feel more capable of all the other goals you wish to set for yourself.
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