New Year’s Resolutions To Try In 2021.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people make New Year’s resolutions. I used to think it was a cliche to make New Year’s resolutions, I mean, do we ever keep them?
How did this tradition start?
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to 153 B.C. January is named after Janus, a mythical god of early Rome.
Janus had two faces — one looking forward, one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future.
On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backward into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past.
The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead.
And thus the New Year’s resolution was born!
New Year’s Resolutions are easy to start and hard to follow through!
I mentioned how cliche I thought making resolutions is right? Well, this year I want to try something new. To take the pressure off trying to complete every one of them, I’m taking my resolutions as one of the many ways I can better myself throughout the year.
Now yes there are those who have resolved to make resolutions for some tough areas of their lives, for example, weight loss, new diets, or giving up an addiction.
While these are very important resolution/life changes to make and I applaud anyone who is trying to see these through, I would like to focus on other types of resolutions. Yes, diets and workouts are on the list — but what about happiness and peace in your life?
Let’s take a look at my list.
- Start my day with a full glass of water before taking any caffeine or breakfast.
- Reduce my alcohol intake, drink less fizzy drinks, and maintain a no sugar and salt diet (I’ve been doing the latter for almost 10years now! Its reaaaaally hard)
- Read at least 1 book a month.
- Start a business (this has been a dream of mine for the past 2 years!)
- Make time for self-care activities daily even just for 15 minutes.
- Save money and budget wisely every month.
- Limit screen time and social media time.
- Practice being more grateful and appreciative.
- Participate in volunteer and charity work.
- Exercise 3 times weekly.
- Have a good skincare routine, take care of my body and appearance.
- Listen to more podcasts. Watch more documentaries.
- Create a bucket list and check off at least 1 item this year.
- Learn a new language.
- Complete my degree (oh yes, this has been an ongoing struggle since 2014)
- Find meaningful connections. Surround myself with positive and supportive people.
- Focus less on other people’s opinions. Define me.
- Learn more about manifestations and affirmations. Develop a relationship with God.
- Heal myself. Forgive myself. Forgive others.
- Find joy in the small things.
There you have it! My 20 New Year’s Resolutions for 2021.
What are your resolutions for the year?