The New Year is upon us, and many people are indulging in retrospection or reevaluating some of their life choices.
New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts… And we don’t blame them.
In 2020 our planners were left blank after our lives turned upside down.
That’s why this year we’re more motivated than ever to make use of a fresh start and get back on track with our goals and plans.
Now’s your chance to reflect and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make. Since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolutions we’ve decided to give you a bit of help with these tips below…
If your goal is to exercise more
Too much streaming lately?
With nowhere to go, we’ve developed an unhealthy relationship with our couch over the last year. The TV room has provided us with one of our only forms of entertainment, and the sofa has even doubled as our office. But in the New Year, we’re ready to get up and dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to movement.
If you’ve ordered an exercise bike during quarantine, you can couple it with some classes. Peloton is offering a free 60-day trial starting now through Feb. 28 on their app.
No equipment? No problem. Many other fitness apps are offering free trials in the New Year as well. Fan favorite, Down Dog, is offering free access to all its health and fitness apps (yoga, work out, and barre) until February too. The app FitOn offers free workouts and challenges year-round with the opportunity to upgrade for more benefits.
If your goal is to learn a new skill or hobby
You are not alone if you haven’t had the time, energy, or mental capacity to learn something new in 2020. Trust us, unlike what you see on social media, not everyone spent quarantine being productive!
Perhaps now you’re in a better space to work on a new skill or hobby with renewed positivity and a gung ho attitude.
These are some resources to help you with your learning…
Udemy has low-cost courses in everything from guitar lessons to web development, and EdX is a great way to access free online courses from some of the world’s top universities.
Duolingo is a favorite language app that keeps you on track with learning that language you’ve been dreaming of, comme le français. Goodreads will help you find the perfect book because books are still one of the best ways to learn about almost anything you can think of.
If your goal is to improve your smile
Say bye to yellow teeth in 2021…
It may seem crazy, but it’s likely that one day your smile won’t be covered by a mask.
Your smile is a symbol that welcomes new friends, makes people feel comfortable around you, and expresses your personality and feelings. It’s totally unique to you, and while you may not want to change it too much, it’s likely you’re game for a serious upgrade to your pearly whites.
Dentists recommend Snow’s all-in-one professional at-home teeth whitening system to their patients because it targets stains to whiten deeply. It’s also designed for all teeth, even veneered or sensitive ones. Results are guaranteed in as little as 10 minutes per day, so you don’t need to waste your time with trial and error on other products that could damage your teeth and gums.
Snow was invented by American dentists and leading engineers. With a rep like that, of course it’s been featured on The Doctors, Oprah’s O Magazine, and GQ.
The one-time investment ensures that you’ll have a stunning model-like grin going into what we hope will be a less challenging year.
If your goal is to save money / spend less money
While it seems like this goal is on our lists every year, in 2021 it may be more important than ever. It was a lot harder to find or keep work and to save money in 2020, so this New Year many of us will be playing catching up with our savings accounts.
There’s a lot of different ways you can save money:
1. Don’t pay full price: Honey browser extension is a handy tool that will find you the best coupons, codes, and deals on the sites you’re shopping on.
2. Work towards a goal: Mint is a top-rated app that will show you how you’re spending, and allows you to set specific goals and saving options so that it’s even easier to put away some money for a rainy day (or some nice new shoes).
3. Cancel unused subscriptions: TrueBill is an app that reviews your finances and offers up ways for you to save money on bills, things like subscriptions (especially helpful if you’ve signed up for a free trial, forgot, and are now being charged every month), and banking overdraft fees.
If your goal is to enjoy more time with family and friends
It seems like a dream to see people outside of our bubbles, but hopefully someday soon it will actually be possible. It’s a fun thing to look on the horizon and start sharing ideas for future plans with your friends and family. If the past year taught us anything, it’s how important quality time with our loved ones is. Maybe in the new year, your tough-to-gather friend group can commit to a monthly potluck, or to try new games and hobbies together when it’s safe to do so.
If your goal is to travel more
Of course this will depend on the CDC guidelines but this is something many of us will be very eager to do!
For now, you can plan out your dream trips with maps, travel routes, and budgeting.
The National Park Foundation even has virtual tours so you can explore national parks in advance from the comfort of your home and pick your favorites to visit in person when it’s possible to do so!