2018 New Year's Resolution

7 New Year’s Resolution You Should Have for 2018

Christmas celebrations are done and there’s only a few days left of the Year of the Fire Rooster and many out there are probably scrambling to wrap things up for the year. Businesses will be busy preparing inventories, workers will be seriously assessing their career goals, and everyone else will be frantically making their list of New Year resolutions. Finally decided to start exercising or starting that new diet regime? Or perhaps you’re thinking of something major, like getting a new car or buying your first house? Yep, those!

But with all the happiness and triumphs as well as scandals, disappointments, and tragedies of last year, what should your list be for 2018? What are your personal goals for the coming new year? How should you spend the better part of 2018?

Well, if you’re still contemplating the entire thing and don’t know where to start yet, then perhaps our list here might help you figure some things out. Hopefully.

So here’s our list of 7 New Year’s Resolution you should aim for 2018…

Exercise Your Brain

woman reading

Do you know that your brain can shrink or waste away from lack of use? Yep, although it’s not technically a muscle, it still needs to be exercised. And the older you are, the more serious and frequent the episodes of memory lapses and brain fogs you get. And no, those are not made-up words, they are real cognitive problems.

However, doctors say that you can totally do something to prevent these. How? Simple. You should exercise your gray matter regularly. You can do this by doing the following:

  • Reading
  • Doing crafts
  • Keeping a journal
  • Doing math exercises
  • Playing board games

Aside from age, your eating habits and overall lifestyle can also affect your brain function. So you should make sure to get all essential vitamins and minerals daily as well as avoid bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, eating junk foods, and having “all-nighters”. It would also do you good to do something about that stress level, since stress can also be bad for your  health.

Get a Useful Hobby

Why do people get a hobby? It’s because it can give you some much needed break from work or school, but keeping you mentally stimulated at the same time. In addition to that, it can also…

  • Help you cope with stress
  • Help you hone some skills
  • Give you some quick gratification
  • Encourage you to make new acquaintances/friends
  • Give you something to talk about, aside from work

So yes, having a hobby has several advantages. But in 2018, we suggest you take this up a notch and find a hobby that can bring you more than just a useful way to fill your free time. How? Choose a hobby that can make you earn some extra cash like baking cookies, knitting beanies, or making beaded accessories. Now that’s some very useful way to spend your free time. Don’t you think?

Be a Healthier You

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One of the most common resolutions you hear people declare is that they’re going to go on a diet, exercise more, lose some excess weight, and be healthier, in general. And we totally support this idea. After all, we are big believers of the saying “Health is wealth.” 

But aside from being spared the pain and hassle of being sick, aiming to be healthier will also help you accomplish many of your life goals for 2018. And if you have a “bucket list,” that, too! After all, you won’t be able to work or have fun properly if you’re not well enough to do so, right? So yeah, making sure you’re healthy enough to work, travel, or just have fun is of utmost importance. But I think aiming for a healthier lifestyle should be one of your top New Year’s resolutions not just for 2018, but for every year. Don’t you agree?

So stop munching those chips or fries and eat more fruits and vegetables instead. Better yet, get yourself some superfoods and binge on those. Even better still, get yourself some green juice and make drinking your greens a daily habit. Not only will you be sure to get all the micronutrients you need, but you’ll also save some money and time. That’s certainly a great bargain, if you ask me.

Support a Cause

Spread the love and share your blessings. And no, we’re not telling you to dish out some fake hypocritical sympathy or anything like that. You don’t have to donate a chunk of your savings either. You can start showing your support by doing something small. Simply spreading the right information in your social media or urging your friends to follow suit can make a world of difference already.

If the charity pertains to the environment, you can show your support by doing your part to help out such as recycling and using less plastic. No matter how minuscule you think the act might be, it can make a difference. If it’s about a medical condition, creating more awareness about it through social media can be a huge help. After all, every small thing can add up to something big.

Doing this will not only help others, but it will also make you feel good about yourself. It’s an overall win-win situation, don’t you think?

Learn Something New

Just because you’re done with school, doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop learning. With all the diverse ideas and all the technological advances today, there’s no limit to the list of new things you can find.

Maybe you can learn to play a musical instrument… to wow your relatives with at family gatherings. If you know one already, learn to play another, and then maybe you can start a band with some friends. After all, music is food for the soul… or so they say.

You can also try your hand at a new language. Spanish, French, Chinese, or perhaps Hangul? Or maybe even a computer language such as HTML or CSS. You never know, you might need it someday. But even if you don’t, it’s still a cool skill to add to your resume… or impress your friends with. At the very least, it will certainly be a nice conversation starter at dinner parties.

Indulge Your Wanderlust

See more of the world. Get your passport out of your drawer, dust those off, and get yourself a ticket to another country. You get to enjoy new experiences, broaden your horizons, and educate yourself about how people in other countries live at the same time.  Yes, you can certainly google facts and figures about other countries. You can even grab pictures of their beautiful sceneries. But none of those can compare to experiencing a country and its people first-hand. 

Short of sounding cheesy about it, you only live once (YOLO) so might as well enjoy what life and the world has to offer while you still can. Right? 

Be a Better Person

People volunteering

Have you read this quote by Mahatma Gandhi before?

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

This means that if you witness something you don’t like such as trash in the ocean, racism, and all kinds of prejudice and bigotry, and you wish it were different, then you should take the first step. In short, start the change from within. Take a hard look at yourself and assess your own values and habits first.

For instance, it’s pretty easy to condemn others about the garbage in the ocean and how it’s killing marine wildlife, right? But do you recycle or at least refuse to use a straw when dining at a fast food restaurant? How about using those eco bags, eh?

Aside from taking accountability, you can also try a more active role by doing volunteer work. Whether it’s in a soup kitchen near your office or at your local community center, no one will turn away an extra pair of hands.

You can also try to share your blessings and donate to charities you believe in. Even a dollar can make some impact. But aside from the fact that you’ll be helping someone in need, the amount you give is also tax deductible. Pretty cool, right?

 

So have you decided which of these will make your  New Year Resolutions list this 2018? If you haven’t yet, no worries because you still have a few days to go before New Year’s Eve. And besides, what’s more important than the list is your desire to be an upgraded version of yourself for the coming year… to be a better, wiser, healthier you—[Insert your name] 2.0.  ^_^

Bonne année et bonne chance, mes amis!

 

 

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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