The end of the year approaches, and one tradition that people like to do is pick out some unique New Year's resolutions. Usually these have to deal with going to the gym, finding more time for yourself, or just bettering yourself as a human being. The past is past, and it’s time to work on a newer, better you! Here’s a New Year's resolution list that you can actually accomplish. Changes may be closer than they appear.

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” - Benjamin Franklin

Everyone Wants to Lose Some Weight

Most people are looking to lose weight for the New Year
Typically what most New Year's resolutions revolve around. Source: Today

Many people seem to have the same year-after-year New Year’s resolution. Funny how that seems to work out. Establish some realistic ways for you to lose weight. Cut down on going out to eat, or cut down on fried foods. Here are some other food-based tips for the New Year. Remember: weight loss stems from the food you eat, not what you do at the gym.

  • More vegetables
  • Less fried foods
  • More green tea
  • Fruits are delicious
  • Yogurt
  • Portion control
  • Try out that recipe!
  • Less soda and alcohol

Don’t Procrastinate So Much

Here’s a great life tip to get you back on track: quit the procrastination. You’ll find that this comes up frequently on top 10 New Year's resolutions. Get a self-help book, start with small steps, and get to the task at hand. It’s hard for people to just “snap out of it.” So follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Get active
  2. Build accountability
  3. Harness fear
  4. Break goals down into smaller bits
  5. Visualize the endgame
  6. Create a deadline
  7. Reward yourself for the progress you’ve made

How to Quit Smoking

Quitting is easy, I've done it hundreds o times.
Quitting smoking is incredibly hard to do. Source: Medical News Today

This one has a special place in New Year’s history. Every year many smokers try to quit or cut back on cigarettes and to varying degrees of success. Perhaps the most difficult part of this resolution is that for the most part, cigarettes are a mental addiction. It’s something people do to take a moment and relaxed in an ever increasingly stressful world. Perhaps look into using the patch for a while and talk to your doctor about other ways to stop smoking.

Cutting Back on Social Media

Some say that while social media connects us, it also makes us lonley
Every now and then it's good to unplug. Source: Telegraph

It’s important for one’s mental health to be able to switch off digitally every now and then. It’s widely believed that the main reason people have trouble sleeping at night is due to the fact that it’s the only time your brain is allowed simply to think. Otherwise your brain is always processing information, in one way or another, keeping it active. So here are some helpful New Year's resolutions 2018 should be famous for. We do live in a technology-based age, after all.

  • Read a book
  • Go for a walk
  • Go for a hike
  • Meditate
  • Chant
  • Try Yoga
  • Try Tai Chi
  • Take up running

The Bottom Line: Realizing What Is Achievable

So what New Year's resolution did you go with in 2018?
Choose the right resolution for your life. Source: Taylor in Time

Overall, a main component of reaching your goals in 2018 is simply in making sure they’re attainable. This is why it’s important to break up your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. You’re certainly not going to check off all of them on New Year’s day. So use this advice to break up your 2018 into more reasonable milestones.

  • Be invested
  • Keep in mind that it’s a long term goal
  • Think simple
  • Be flexible
  • Stay positive
  • Realize that your goal could take more than a year
  • Plan accordingly
  • Compare your resolution to the previous year’s

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