3 Realistic, Achievable New Years Resolutions
"New Year, New Me!"
We hear it annually, year after year, but does anything really change? According to a 2018 study by Forbes magazine, "less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them." I'm not sure about you, but speaking from experience, the reason why I don't keep up with my resolutions is because they're honestly just way too drastic and completely unattainable.
I mean, going to the gym seven days a week should be illegal, and with kids, a significant other, work, taking care of loved ones, it can be really tough to find the time and the motivation. That's why, this year, I've curated a list of attainable and realistic resolutions that hopefully inspire you, too!
- Reduce my coffee intake
Oh, would you look at that, my third cup of coffee today! How did that get into my hand?
While caffeine gets a bad reputation, there are a lot of health benefits! But like everything else, in moderation and without the added sugar, syrups and creamers that have begun to infiltrate coffee shops everywhere. I never have and never will be a black coffee or tea girl, myself, so I knew this year I had to find a substitution for that kick of energy to get me through the day. I've decided to alternate between the Java Jolt Organic Sugar & Coffee Scrub ($27) and the Zesty Morning Body Scrub ($27) from Organic Bath Co. These products infused with invigorating oils "exfoliates while it hydrates, removing dirt and dead skin, while the organic oils leave you softer than silk and ready to conquer the world." For $27 each, not only are you saving money from skipping that coffee every morning, but you're also starting your day with good products, free of chemicals and organic!
- Drink More Water
Want to lose weight? Drink some water. Want clearer skin? Drink some water. Are you having problems in your marriage? Drink some w-- in all seriousness, water is one of the single most important things your body needs to survive, let alone thrive. Now, while I want to drink more water, the health and environmental disadvantages are undeniable. Researchers found that "people who drink exclusively from plastic water bottles consume nearly 90,000 additional microplastics every year compared to people who drink tap water." That's why this year I've invested in a stainless steel water bottle. The Organic Basics ($44) is created in partnership with Klean Kanteen, is BPA free, reusable, and supports a zero-waste lifestyle! Drinking more water has proven to produce clearer, more hydrated skin and reduce inflammation and eczema. Speaking of eczema, Earth Mama Organics has an Eczema Cream ($17) "made the way herbalists have been making creams for millennia, with an infusion of organic herbs and oils traditionally used to battle irritated, itchy skin." Pair this cream with additional water, and watch your skin glow!
- Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
So, according to my doctor, apparently, five orders of fries doesn't count towards the recommended 5-9 servings of vegetables a day. Who knew! Especially right now, with coronavirus, it's more important than ever to help keep your body healthy and your immune system a boost. So Good So You is a Minneapolis-based beverage company famous for its juices and probiotic shots. Each product is "nutrient-rich and packed full of goodness.
Each bottle of juice and shot contains the power of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables." Whether you're a college student, parent, or just busy, now you can be sure to get all of your nutrients efficiently, on the go! You can order them online in bulk or pick one up from your local grocery store.
Undeniably, being healthy and making a change in your life can be challenging, but it's a process like everything. Be kind to yourself, and understand that these changes won't happen overnight. It all begins by making small changes in our everyday lives. For me, finding Northeast Organica has been a saving grace. Their store of guaranteed safe items, from skincare, haircare, baby, and bath items, has made sticking to my new years' resolutions that much easier; instead of spending hours researching, fact-checking, and shopping around, I can find everything I need in one spot.
Ultimately, what I've learned over the years is that nothing great can be achieved alone. My advice? Find brands you trust, talk to your doctor, your coach, and don't be afraid to miss a day or stumble along the way!
By Morgan Silva
Morgan is a Rhode-Island based writer, marketing, pr and social media manager. Graduating from Roger Williams University in 2019, she is currently working towards a Masters in Administration.