If you’ve not made any New Year’s resolutions yet – then don’t worry – there is still time to make some changes to your life to ensure 2022 is your best year yet.
It’s never too late to turn over a new leaf, so even if you haven’t had much success with sticking to your resolutions in the past, there are plenty of achievable options to help you work on your physical health, mental well-being, or even make 2022 the year when you get a handle on your finances.
If you need a little inspiration, check out some New Year’s resolution ideas to help you make the most of 2022.
Get fit and stick to your workouts
After the excesses of Christmas party food and New Year’s Eve cocktails, many of us vow to begin the New Year with a pledge to get fit and burn off any extra pounds that you’ve gained over the festive season.
But if joining a gym is too much of a financial commitment, or you’d rather not be in the crowded environment of a busy gymnasium in January, there are plenty of other ways to work out at home.
The good news is that you don’t need a host of equipment to get started – just a pair of trainers and some determination.
If you have a fitness tracker, set yourself a target of 10,000 steps to get your joints moving and enjoy some fresh air. With so many of us working from home, our lives have become very sedentary, so getting out for a long walk is the ideal way to burn excess fat and shift any extra pounds after Christmas. If you don’t own a fitness tracker, aim for a daily brisk walk of an hour to keep you on the right track.
For those who feel they are the typical ‘couch potato’ and don’t know where to start, download the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ app, which aims to have you running five kilometres at the end of a nine-week plan.
The app is ideal for beginners and begins with a series of brisk five-minute walks, alternated with one-minutes runs which total a twenty-minute workout. You can even choose a celebrity coach to cheer you on, with Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Michael Johnson and Sanjeev Kohli all lending their support to participants.
Get financially savvy
One way to improve your finances in 2022 is to get into the habit of checking your bank balance on a regular basis. You may be surprised just how often your local coffee shop pops up in your transactions – and you can then take steps to reduce any frivolous expenditure. In addition, by keeping a close eye on your bank accounts you are more likely to spot any errors or fraudulent activity that could cost you money.
If the festive season has left you dreading the first credit card bill of 2022, you may want to resolve to make a savings plan to get you back in the black. Apps such as Money Dashboard – which is free to download and use – are designed to track your bank balance and bills to help you plan your expenditure and review how your spending habits change over time.
Donate your time
Make your community a better place in 2022 by giving up some of your free time to help make a difference. It could be volunteering to walk the dogs at your local animal rescue centre – which will also help with any fitness goals you set – or organising a local litter-picking session to clean up your hometown.
Not only will you help to make a real difference to your area and aid those who need it the most, but it’s also personally very rewarding and will give you a mental boost and that feel-good factor that comes with making a positive difference.
Focus on your mental wellbeing
Over the last couple of years, successive lockdowns have impacted the mental health of many of us. If you want to make the effort to invest in your mind as well as your body in the New Year, then look at one of the many free apps that can help you to switch off a busy brain and find calm in an uncertain world.
Meditation apps, such as Calm, are designed to reduce stress and anxiety levels and improve the quality of your sleep. The app delivers a meditation programme supported by gentle physical stretching exercises and music to aid total relaxation.
Pledge to take the time to invest in something you enjoy every day. It could be something as simple as listening to your favourite song or soaking in a bubble bath. Whatever activity you chose, try to focus on winding down and appreciating all the small wins you’ve achieved throughout the day.
Put a tick on your bucket list
If you don’t already have a bucket list – then resolve to create one as a gift to yourself. The process of writing down all those experiences you want to have during your lifetime will help you focus on achieving them.
For those who already have a bucket list, make a pledge to tick at least one of them off before we say goodbye to 2022.
Ideas can range from spending a week on an African Safari or back-packing in Thailand to adopting an animal or reading a new book every month.
Whatever you choose to add to your list, it should be something that will make your life better, help you to make a lifelong dream come true, or simply be a fun activity that allows you to step away from ‘real life’ once in a while and have some fun and excitement.
Be kind to yourself
Our last tip is to always be kind to yourself and celebrate your small wins along the way. Remember, It’s not all about the end goal – but also the journey that takes you there.