If you haven’t had a chance to make a dent in the resolution list you made 313 days ago, here is a quick list of things that you can still make happen that won’t stress you out.
Whether it’s working on self-care, starting something new, or spending more time with the family; here are 20 ideas to help you conquer at least one goal this year.
Take Up Meditation
I promise this is not just some trend. Meditation really works. Practicing mindfulness has been key in helping me deal with my anxiety. For my kids, it’s been a great tool for us to help teach them gratitude. Whatever you goal is, meditation is a great way to kick start it. Here are a few of my favorite meditations that I use via Insight Timer.
Let Go of Fear & Release Negative Emotions
This is a huge one for so many of us, myself included. Hustle culture is prevalent, and resting for some reason is seen as weak or lazy. But I personally sense that the tide on that frame of mind is changing. Putting yourself is in because believe it or not, people are finally realizing that running yourselves ragged is not where it’s at.
Try a New Dish or a New Restaurant
Here’s an easy one! Try something new to eat! Make it fun! If you have always wanted to try a new dish at your favorite restaurant, or stop in at a new place that’s opened up, why not! If you aren’t eating out, you can simply try making a new dish at home and see if it tickles the fancy of your family!
Journal a Few Times a Week
Whenever I want to get out what I am feeling on the inside, journaling has been the best way to do it. It helps me to clear my mind and to get out things that I otherwise could not (or should not) say. I journal for 5 minutes a day, sometimes more. Let your mind, heart, and hand guide you.
Set a Savings Goal
It doesn’t have to be huge. Start small if you have. Even if it means saving $1 by the end of the year.
Read a Book
So many amazing books have come out this year. There is literally something for everyone. You can set a goal to read one book (or whatever is in your bandwidth) by the end of the year.
With so many free or low-cost therapy resources available, this is one that we all need to do whatever it takes to make happen. 2020 and 2021 were rough for many of us, don’t let whatever fears, depression, or anxiety you have to carry over into the new year.
Plan Family Movie Nights
It’s not too late to create memorable moments this year with your loved ones. Opt for an old-school movie night with your family or check out the latest movies via VOD or in theaters. Whichever route you choose to go, make sure that you make the most of it. Put your phones away.
Unfollow Toxic Social Accounts
This is pretty self-explanatory-purge the toxic accounts. Social media is great in a lot of ways, but it also has some major flaws. If you find yourself getting caught up in the drama and negativity on social, unfollow those accounts. A lot of what we read and see can drag us down, social media is no different.
Declutter a Space
Out with the old, doesn’t mean you have to bring in something new. Sometimes just clearing your space of things that no longer serve you, does the trick. You don’t have to do your entire home at once, room at a time is enough to get the momentum going.
Speak Up in Meetings
This has always been hard for me. I feel like I’m looked over when I’m quiet, but still looked over when I speak up. Some days you just have to roll with it!
Feel at Peace With Just Getting Through Each Day
Some days this is all I want to happen. And you know what, when it does-I am totally okay with it. Being able to just make it through the day is hard enough for some. So if you do, it’s a major win. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.