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  • Aqueelah Wheatley, M.S., LMFT

5 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions More Meaningful




It's that time of year again - New Year's resolutions! But make sure that your resolutions are really worth your time and effort. Here are 5 ways to make your New Year's resolutions more meaningful:


1. Make a list of all the things you want to change or improve in your life and break them down into small, manageable goals. 2. Set a deadline for yourself and stick to it. 3. Make your resolutions a team sport. 4. Make sure your resolutions are inspiring and motivational. 5. Make your resolutions personal and connect them to your values and life goals. With these tips, you'll be on the right track to making resolutions that truly matter.



1. Set realistic goals


It's easy to make New Year's resolutions that are way too tough or out of reach. Make sure your goals are realistic and will help you achieve them. For example, if you want to lose weight, set a goal of losing 10 pounds this year. This is more achievable and will help you stay motivated. Another important thing to do is to break your goal down into smaller, more manageable chunks. For example, if you want to read 50 books this year, set a goal of reading 1 book each week. This way, you're more likely to achieve your goal. Last, make a list of rewards you'll receive once you reach your goal. This will help you stay motivated and celebrate your accomplishments along the way.



2. Choose a meaningful cause


When it comes to making New Year's resolutions, it's important to choose something that matters to you. This could be something big or small, but it needs to be something that you want to work for. Doing something for someone else rather than for yourself can be more fulfilling.

Here are five ways to make your New Year's resolutions more meaningful:

1. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. 2. Commit to reading a new book every month. 3. Take on a new challenge, whether it's learning a new language, cooking a new dish, or taking on a big project. 4. Make a donation to a charity you support. 5. Set goals for yourself and make sure they're things you're passionate about.



3. Live a Balanced Life


We all know that New Year's resolutions are supposed to be about making changes for the better but sometimes it can be hard to break old habits. It's important not to be too hard on yourself and to remember that New Year's resolutions are supposed to be about starting from scratch. Here are 5 ways to make your New Year's resolutions more meaningful: 1. Start your day with a positive mindset. If you start your day with a positive attitude, it'll be easier to make good decisions throughout the day. The same goes for your evening routine. 2. Eat a balanced diet. Eating a balanced diet will help you to feel better both physically and mentally. It'll also help you to stay healthy and motivated. 3. Exercise regularly. Exercising regularly will help you to feel healthier and more energetic. It'll also help you to stay motivated and focused. 4. Connect with loved ones. One of the best ways to make your New Year's resolutions more meaningful is to connect with loved ones. Spending time with them can make you feel better and help you to stay on track. 5. Set realistic goals. Setting realistic goals will help you to stay motivated and on track. Make sure that your goals are achievable and that you don't set yourself up for disappointment.



4. Celebrate the small victories


When you make New Year's resolutions, you may be thinking about things like losing weight, quitting smoking, or becoming more organized. But sometimes the most meaningful resolutions are the ones we don't even realize we're making. For example, one of my recent resolutions was to take more photos. I wasn't thinking about becoming a professional photographer or even getting better at taking photos. I just wanted to take more photos of my family, friends, and random things I happened to see. And guess what? I'm already one step closer to my goal.



5. Live Each Day to the fullest


Many people make New Year's resolutions but don't really stick to them because they're too hard. But if you make your resolutions meaningful and do something that you've been wanting to do for a while, it will be more difficult to break them. For example, if you want to start exercising more, make sure you sign up for a class that you're interested in and that you can actually attend. If you want to reduce your alcohol consumption, make a plan with a friend to go out drinking only once a week and stick to that plan. If you want to save money, try to find a way to Cut Your Bills in Half.






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