8 New Year's Resolutions that are Realistic
by Taylor Hogan
The coming of the new year (not to mention, the new decade!) is a time to reflect on the past and set new goals to achieve in the future. While over half of all Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, only about 20% will actually stick to them, according to Business Insider. Let’s start the new decade right by making goals that are attainable and easy to achieve. Giving a little back to your mind and body goes a long way!
Try these simple and fun New Year’s Resolutions in 2020:
1. Become a plant parent
Adding a couple of house plants is a simple way to reap health benefits while adding a new element of charm to your home. Plants can help to boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity while cleaning indoor air of toxins and increase oxygen in your space.
2. Upcycle your closet
Do something good for you and good for the environment this new year and give your closet a clean. Donating old clothes keeps them in use for other people. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of ridding the old and treat yourself to new pieces for your wardrobe. Check out your local thrift stores or consignment shops. Hunting down unique pieces to add to your closet is not only fun, but helps to prevent fast-fashion waste. It’s a win-win-win New Year’s resolution!
3. Choose foods that will make you feel good
Making unrealistic diet goals can often result in failure. Try adding more of what makes your body feel good. Leafy greens are full of micronutrients. Add a handful of spinach to a vegetable stir fry, or add an orange to your breakfast for Vitamin D benefits. Your body will thank you for the nutrients.
4. Embrace less screen time, for more real time
Make one of your New Year’s Resolutions, to practice mindfulness and to be present. Less screen time allows for more time spent with loved ones, better sleep and reduced anxiety. Many phones already track your screen time. Update settings or download an app that reminds you to spend a little less time on your phone and little more with others in your life!
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Make 2020 about your wellness. Add CBD to your nightly routine and see how the benefits can help you. For example, try out Populum’s Evening Routine CBD Kit which includes a 500mg CBD oil, 250mg Lavender + CBD Face Oil, and a Cold Therapy Hemp Rub. Our best-selling oil helps you reset, the Lavender + CBD Face Oil provides antioxidants to moisturize your skin to leave you with a healthy glow, and our Cold Therapy Hemp Rub gives your muscles and joints the relief you’ve been craving. Use this set at night and wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to start the day!
6. Add fragrance to your home
It really is the little things, like adding your favorite smell to your home. Scented candles and essential oils can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and stress and improve quality sleep. Candles made from soy wax are soot free, non-toxic, burns clean, and last much longer than traditional paraffin which produces soot and releases toxins into the air. Add a couple more candles or an oil diffuser to your home and enjoy an uplifted mood that comes alongside your favorite scent.
7. Keep clutter away from the kitchen
Studies show that keeping bills, items and general clutter on your countertops can contribute to more stress and less zen. Take a few minutes to clear spaces like your kitchen and entryway. Coming home to an organized and clutter-free space will help to reduce stress and increase productivity.
8. Take a lunch break
More than half of Americans take less than a 30 minute lunch break, according to recruitment firm Robert Half. Many of us sit at our desk, looking at the computer while we eat our lunch. Try taking a day or two out of the week to eat away from your desk. Take a quick walk or stop at home if you can. A break can help to increase productivity while you are working and help you to feel less burnt out at the end of the work day.