10 NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS TO NOT MAKE
It’s an inevitable fact of life that humans make and break promises - even those to ourselves. In the spirit of keeping all the promises we make this year, here are ten of our favourite resolutions to not make!
At the end of the day, it’s all about cultivating good habits to make a change for the better!
RESOLVE TO GO ON A DIET
Living in a food-centric country like Malaysia makes it very, very difficult to only eat healthy food. That’s why it’s easier and more feasible to not restrict yourself too fully. Instead, make a pledge to make healthier choices when you can. On good days, you can opt for salads, or for grilled protein with a side of greens. And for those days you absolutely need that fried chicken, don’t fight the battle. If you must, eat a smaller portion!
RESOLVE TO LOSE WEIGHT
It can be immensely demoralising to pledge yourself to losing weight, only to step on the scales months later to find that nothing has changed! To this end, it’s a better idea to resolve to be active whenever possible, leaving weight loss entirely out of it. Join a yoga class, and indulge in weekend hikes to get your muscles burning! Remember: the second it starts to become a chore, you’ll start to make excuses to avoid doing it. Keep it fun and fresh to avoid that.
RESOLVE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE
This one is a tough cookie. While meeting new people should definitely be on the list of to-dos, some of us simply don’t benefit from it as well as others. So don’t resolve to meet new people if you don’t want to. Indulge in your extrovert side, and spend time to take care of yourself. Strengthen bonds and relationships with the people closest to you by spending more time with them, too.
RESOLVE TO DONATE MONEY
While donating money to charity is always a good thing to do, it’s important to remember that you should always take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Instead of forcing your own hand when it comes to donations, try and donate something like your time, or books and other things you no longer need but think others could benefit from. Be sure to check that they are in good condition before packing them up and bringing them to designation donation drives! Of course, in times of crisis, it’s good to donate whatever you can, too, but you should never feel forced into it!
RESOLVE TO KEEP A CLEAN HOUSE
A clean house is definitely necessary, but instead of forcing yourself to clean every single part of your home all at the same time, it could be easier to schedule smaller tasks ahead of time, so that you can get a little bit done at a time. A good way to keep a clean kitchen is to give yourself 5-minute cleaning windows. Waiting for the kettle to boil? Put away dry plates. Waiting for the coffee machine to be
ready? Wash up that dish you’ve got soaking. The point is not to restrict yourself to an exhaustive schedule, but rather, to cultivate good habits that will take you further.
RESOLVE TO STOP SHOPPING
With online shopping easier than ever before to get into, it can be tempting to buy a million and one things you think you’ll need! Still, going cold turkey isn’t exactly the right way to go. Instead of cutting off your shopping entirely, resolve to consider whether you really need something before making the splurge. Take a few days to think on something if you like it. Be careful to go through the extra steps of checking reviews if you’re shopping online to avoid ending up with something you’ll throw out without using.
RESOLVE TO SLEEP MORE
In a busy world like ours, getting enough sleep can be something of a fantasy. Don’t resolve to sleep more simply for the sake of it, however - resolve to find that sweet spot of sleeping just enough to function at your best, and never more. Lingering in bed can decrease productivity levels if you do it too often, so save your snuggling time for the weekends and stick to a schedule on worknights. It’s also helpful to keep your tech away from the bedroom, to encourage sleeping when you’re meant to.
RESOLVE TO RECYCLE
Cultivating a greener lifestyle goes beyond merely recycling! A large part of it lies in what you use and what you buy. Consider bringing your own packaging to buy loose items in the supermarket, such as glass jars for grain and other necessities, as well as reusable containers for wet groceries. Think about buying less, and only when you need - this includes everything, from technology, books, and art supplies, to more basic necessities like clothing and food.
RESOLVE TO READ MORE BOOKS
There’s an age old generalisation that reading somehow makes one smarter. And while that may hold true for some cases, it’s important to know that reading can come in many shapes and forms - books, news, webstories, and such. Resolve to stop this generalisation! Read if you like, but understand that you stand to gain knowledge from other sources like documentaries, news channels, or even discussions with peers about the state of the world. And at the end of the day, enjoy your free time as you will! After all, it’s called free time for a reason, and if you don’t enjoy books, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
RESOLVE TO SAVE MORE MONEY
Although it is important to save money, this one can be a toughie, and we all know that life is unpredictability and can get in the way. You can try to set aside a small amount of your salary every month, but don’t beat yourself up about it if you can’t. Instead, try and cultivate a habit of shopping carefully when it comes to the little things like groceries. Check the discount selection for fresh produce - it may be less than perfect, but most of the time, they are still perfectly edible! You can also consider various other habits; instead of eating out as often, cook at home. Instead of taking cabs everywhere you go, hitch a ride with someone heading in the same direction. When these changes are put into place, you’ll slowly and steadily see improvement in your bank account - all without the nagging and stifling feeling that you should’ve put away fifty percent of your last paycheque.