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Let’s be real; New Year’s resolutions don’t work for everybody. Some might say they don’t work for anybody, but I’m not going to go that far.

It’s hard because it’s not that we don’t want to put in all the work, but sometimes our resolutions are a little more optimistic than they are grounded in the realities of day-to-day life.

If this is where you’re finding yourself a few weeks into the New Year, don’t sweat it. Here are a few goals to set if your resolutions aren’t quite as resolute as you’d hoped.

1. I will make one healthy choice each day for my body

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I love this because it’s a small and easy win. One healthy choice a day is totally doable; it could be a healthy breakfast, taking a walk or a yoga class in the morning, or making sure to stay more hydrated throughout the day. Doesn’t this already feel way easier?

2. I will set aside an hour a week to do something that relaxes me

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I struggle with this because I tend to do set aside time for other things other people enjoy and forget to think about myself. Don’t be like me! If it’s watching your favourite TV show, indulge without thinking about all the things you should be doing; if it’s painting your nails, do then; if it’s scrolling through Instagram for an hour, do it – setting aside time for something that feels like a treat will give you the joy of enjoying it without the guilt that you’re using time that should be spent on something else.

3. I will do something practical each week to proactively protect my mental and emotional health

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Write a journal, get a therapist, have a weekly coffee with a trusted friend or family member, just don’t think that because you can’t physically see your emotional wellbeing it can be ignored.

4. I will stop all screen time 30 minutes before bed

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Listen – sleep is important! Screens keep our minds wired long after we turn them off. Try putting your phone in a different room 30 minutes before bed and reading a book instead, or if leaving it another room gives you anxiety (which is a problem in itself!) then put it on airplane mode and do a bedtime routine that relaxes you; like cleansing your face, playing music, or setting up a candle in your room.

5. I will do something new this year

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It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Just one new thing; a quick surfing lesson, exploring a different part of town, taking the train instead of driving; anything that will teach you some matching about yourself or the world, or is just good old fashioned fun.

Don’t let your resolutions get you down – try setting smarter goals.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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