When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I think most people default to ones that involve their weight or their diet. It’s the perfect time to commit to those changes, especially after the indulgences of the holiday season. But most people also don’t follow through with their healthy lifestyle goals much beyond February or so.
This kind of pattern of failure is akin to insanity – doing the same thing over again and expecting different results. And it can cause you to enter a new year with a less-than-positive outlook. Now, don’t get me wrong, some people do manage to succeed. But for those of us who don’t, maybe we are looking at this New Year’s resolution thing all wrong.
5 Non-Traditional New Year’s Resolutions
Why do New Year’s resolutions need to be something challenging and life changing? Why not pick something attainable that can change your whole perspective on the new year? These five non-traditional resolution ideas are simple and easily achievable and may help improve your life in the process.
1. Establish a Weekly Family Game Night
With today’s busy schedules it can be hard to connect. A weekly family game night is a great way to relax and spend time together. Leave the phones in another room and just have fun being together. Even if it’s only for an hour or so.
2. Do Something Regularly That You are Good at Just for the Sake of Doing It
It’s easy to let our talents slide, especially if they aren’t something that helps us earn income, take care of our families, or keep our house clean. Can you draw? Sing? Ride a unicycle? Whatever it is that you are good at (assuming you enjoy it) commit an hour a week to pursuing it.
3. Learn a New Skill
You can teach an old dog a new trick, especially if it is something that old dog has always wanted to do. Want to learn a new language? Fly a plane? Ride a bull? Life is short, don’t be afraid to try something new.
4. Involve Your Kids in More of What You Do
Kids love to help, especially when it’s something they view as an “adult” task. Find a way to engage them to help. From cooking to balancing the checkbook. It will help them learn skills they need, and contribute to making tasks and chores more of a team effort. And who knows, maybe they will learn to appreciate all of the things you do for them.
5. Change Personal Habits That You Don’t Like
Do you bite your nails? Spent too much time on Facebook? Watch too much TV? Always forget to floss? Pick a personal habit that you have always wanted to change and focus on improving it.
Oral care is important, yet often overlooked aspect of a healthy lifestyle. New Year’s is the perfect time to commit to improving your oral care routine, and your family’s as well. Kids love to mimic their parents, so you can combine numbers four and five above by establishing a healthy routine.
Do you struggle to get your kids to brush? Is it a fight to get them to brush long enough? The first thing you can do is to make brushing time a family affair. Brush with them, and tell them they can stop when you stop. You will be motivated by the fact that you are setting an example, and they will be inspired by your mere presence and the fact that it’s something that you do together.
The second thing you can do is to make sure you are using oral care products that are family friendly, taste so good that kids want to brush, and are naturally friendly so they are great options for your family and the environment.
Adding hello products toothpaste to your family’s oral care routine makes it easy to change your family’s oral care routine. Their products are naturally friendly (even the packaging), they taste fantastic which means less struggle getting kids to brush. And you know what, they look cool too. The beautiful hello products packaging is something you will love to leave out on your counter which will help remind and inspire your family to brush between meals.
You can take the negative feelings out New Year’s resolutions by avoiding things that people repeatedly fail at and choosing smaller, more easily attainable goals that will contribute to your overall health and happiness.
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