As we stare down 2018 and wave farewell to 2017, many of us are focused on how we can better enjoy our lives, our jobs, and families this year. The New Year’s resolution is typically where we start; we’ll eat better, we’ll exercise more, we’ll work less (or more—depending on your lifestyle), but it’s all too easy to abandon these resolutions the instant they become an inconvenience. When that’s the case, it may be time to attempt a few smaller, less complex resolutions that are far easier to keep. Consider kicking off 2018 with one, two, or all three of these super simple resolutions.
Forget fad diets, forever.
Make this the year you don’t fall for the newest dieting trend populating your social media feeds (we’re looking at you, myriad of Instagram-celeb endorsed tummy teas). Instead, make time to talk with your doctor about small dietary changes you can make and keep. Skip fast food when you can, limit sugary drinks, but remember to indulge when it feels right and you’ll be better for it in the long run.
Take a few moments each day to separate yourself from your tech. The Byzantine way in which our modern lives both rely on and are repelled by tech is very elaborate, but the cold hard facts state that 24/7 connectedness can result in high rates of depression, stress, and anxiety. Do your mental health a favor and disconnect at least once a day to focus on your own body, mind, and soul.
Engage in generosity and gratitude.
Few things can warm your heart like moments of authentic gratitude and generosity. Call a family member and tell them how much you love and appreciate them, send thank you cards with lovingly written words of gratitude, or donate your outdated clothing to a shelter rather than a corporate thrift store. Find ways to prioritize gratitude and generosity and your year will be full of warmth and harmony.