2020 is finally over. We made it! And though 2021 is sure to be filled with a few trials and tribulations, it’s time to look forward with optimism. We here at Stonehenge NYC are excited to begin the New Year, and that means resolutions!
If you haven’t yet made your New Year's Resolutions, it’s not too late! Sure, big resolutions can be tough. That’s why we believe in reasonable resolutions that are easy to keep. Not sure where to start? Here are a few reasonable resolutions that you can actually keep!
Read More Books:
If you’re like us there’s a chance you spend more time scrolling social media than reading books. It’s not your fault. Books just aren’t designed to be as addictive as social media. They're much rewarding in the long run, though. So, how do you make sure you read more books in 2021? Start small.
Set a goal to read one book every month. You can read it while commuting to work, before bed, or during any time that you’d normally spend 'doom scrolling' on Twitter. It’s even easier with audiobooks. An Audible subscription will get you a new book each month that you can listen to while working out, commuting, or just doing chores around the house.
Read self-improvement books for double productivity!
Increase Your Veggie Intake:
The standard American diet consists of a lot of meat, sugar, and carbs and not a whole lot of healthy veggies. Take stock of your current diet and figure out if you’re eating the recommended amount of veggies. You might be surprised to learn that you’re supposed to be eating at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern.
Don't feel bad if you're not meeting that goal right now because only 1 out of every 10 adults are currently meeting that goal. Again, start small by increasing your fruit and veggie intake by at least 1 cup per day. This can consist of eating an apple, munching on baby carrots, or microwaving some frozen peas with dinner. Fill your pantry with fruits and veggies and cut back on buying those tempting but unhealthy options.
Before you ask; No, french fries don’t count as veggies.
If you’ve spent most of the last year in quarantine, there’s a good chance you might be a tad bit bored with your apartment. You’re not alone! We’re all pretty sick of looking at the same furniture, dishes, and art. Luckily, you can furniture shop online so it’s time you start replacing the old stuff with some beautiful new pieces.
If you’re not yet a Stonehenge resident it might be time for you to move to a gorgeous new apartment entirely. We’ve got incredible apartments all across NYC, no matter what neighborhood you want to call home. Check it out by following this link!
Visit Your Doctor and Dentist:
Many of us are guilty of putting off doctors' and dentists' visits. After all, if we feel fine there’s probably nothing wrong with us, right? Not necessarily. If you haven’t visited your doctor or dentist for a yearly checkup in a while, there’s never been a better time to make an appointment. Keep your body and mind healthy by scheduling a routine visit.
This is also an opportunity for you to get vaccinated against Covid-19/Coronavirus. Not sure if you qualify for vaccination? Luckily the city has a website where you can check your eligibility online. You can check it out here.
Avoid the Elevator:
Everyone resolves to go to the gym once it's the New Year. That’s why (in our opinion) it’s the worst time to join a gym. There’s a reason Planet Fitness ads dominate Times Square come New Year's eve. While we fully endorse the idea of exercising and staying healthy, we think there’s a better way.
Since this blog post is all about reasonable resolutions we’re going to suggest you ditch that modern marvel that is the elevator. Instead, opt to take the stairs. Sure, it takes longer, but this small step (pun intended) will get your heart going and help keep you cardiovascularly fit! After a month or two of this, join the gyms once the crowds die down.
It's easy to social distance on the stairs since you'll probably be the only one taking them.
Fill That Hole in Your Self Care Routine:
Most of us fall a tiny bit short in one area of our routine. Maybe we don’t floss as often as we should. Perhaps we don’t take care of our skin with a little SPF and a simple age-fighting routine. Heck, maybe we don’t replace our contacts as often as is recommended. These self-care holes are as easy to plug as they are to overlook.
Take stock of the little things that you should be doing. Consciously go over your daily routine and find one spot where you’re not acting like a grown-up. Resolve to fix that one area of your life. If you stick to it for at least 21 days it will become a habit and you’ll never have to think about it again!
Set Up an Accountability System:
Why do so many people fail at their New Year's resolutions? It all boils down to accountability. If you’re not accountable for the changes you want to make in your life, there’s a good chance you’ll slide back into your old ways.
The first thing you need to do is understand why you’re making your resolution. Once you fully understand what you're gaining by sticking to your resolution and losing by backsliding you’re less likely to succeed. Have a clear answer and write it down.
Next, schedule appointments or reminders on your phone to constantly remind you what your goals are. Even better, find an accountability buddy who can go on this journey with you and check in every day at a designated time to see how you’re doing. Continue to track and journal your progress as you go! Using an accountability system is one of the best ways to actually succeed at your New Year's resolutions. You can do it!