New Year’s Eve! Time to party! New Year’s Day and beyond: now what? At this time of the year, many people look at their life, if they haven’t already, and make plans to improve it. They make New Year’s resolutions that are often unrealistic and forgotten before the end of the month. Here is a list of the most common resolutions, as well as a few tips to achieve each over the next year. Good luck and persevere!
Be Less Stressed or Enjoy Life More
Stress is linked to the 6 leading causes of death. Do you feel less stressed now? Fortunately, even independent of circumstances, there are things you can do to reduce the levels of stress you experience in your life. From deep breathing and positive projections to yoga and meditation, there are simple things you can implement into your daily routine to minimize your stress levels. Feel better and live longer through the New Year and beyond.
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Complete (or Start) a Project
Your life’s work, your new habit, or your home-improvement endeavor, completing or starting a new project is a great New Year’s resolution. This is primarily because it is often easily accomplished within a 12-month period. Perhaps you want to add insulation to your RV’s interior or begin composting. January 1st is the perfect time to reassess your priorities and evaluate your daily schedule. Create benchmarks and schedule time every day to work toward them.
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Get Fit or Lose Weight
Perhaps the most popular resolution—as evidenced by the increased number of advertisements from weightloss plans and fitness centers—this one is perhaps the easiest to start and hardest to maintain. With so many options available, joining some sort of program in order to have a financial investment that will make you more apt to stay accountable and follow through, at least for a little while, is a really good idea. The longer you can keep yourself accountable with an organized plan, the more likely you are to maintain throughout the year.
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Get More Sleep
This may seem like an odd one, but there is a lot of research that links health and well-being to hours of quality sleep. In order to be your best, you should discover how many hours your body requires and strive to get that many each night.
One way to do that is to get rid of the alarm clock (at least for a little while) and black out your bedroom windows. Then, when you go to sleep, sleep as long as you want. After a few days, you will have “caught up” and your body will only require whatever amount is perfect for you. Then, determine what time you should go to sleep each night in order to get that amount. Try to go to sleep at approximately the same each night and rise at the same time. Make it a habit to maintain this pattern.
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Go Back to School
With so many colleges offering online classes, even RVers can resume their education. January 1 is both too late and too early to actually begin attending classes at the university. It is, however, the perfect time to look into your educational options. Are you interested in getting a degree or choosing courses that you are personally interested in? Do you want to pay out of pocket or are you eligible for scholarships? What paperwork and other preliminary steps do you need to do? There is a lot of initial research required to attend school.
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Learn Something New
Perhaps you don’t want to go to school, but you’d like to engage in lifelong education by learning a new skill or hobby. Whether it’s taking lessons for a musical instrument, taking a few cooking or dance classes, or buying a foreign language program, the beginning of the year is a great time for self-improvement.
Quit Smoking or Drinking
The New Year is a great time to curb or eliminate unhealthy habits. There are many methods available to help you with this effort from 12-step programs to nicotine patches. Whatever method you choose, the road to success requires determination and consistency.
It’s also helpful to have the support of others. Inform your loved ones of your goals and the step-by-step plan for achieving them. Let them know exactly how they can most be of assistance. If you mess up, don’t look at it as total failure, just begin “quitting” again. Even if you don’t initially succeed, every day you avoid indulging in these habits is a day closer to a healthy lifestyle.
Spend Less/Save More
Determine how much of each pay check you want to save and place it in savings immediately upon receipt. Leave it there. Then, begin logging each expense for the first couple of weeks or an entire pay period. This act alone can help you spend less and save money while RVing because it makes you more accountable for each purchase.
Avoid using credit cards, saving them for emergencies. This reduces the amount you’ll spend in fees and interest. Once you’ve logged your expenses (all of them) for a sufficient amount of time, you can analyze the data and see where improvements can be made. This will help you set a reasonable budget that enables you to spends less and save more.
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Spend More Time with Loved Ones
In this digital age, it is easier than ever to keep in touch with friends and family. There is nothing, however, that replaces time spent in person, face to face with those you care about. To keep this resolution, take a bit of time at the beginning of the year to create an itinerary to get together with specific people. Verify that it fits their schedule and make a plan of it. Try to arrange ample time to get past all of the polite pleasantries and small talk. That’s when meaningful interactions take place.
Fortunately, for most RVers, this should be fairly easy to accomplish. Perhaps you even feel that you travel enough as it is. Instead of focusing on the quantity of travel this year, focus on the quality.
Are you visiting the areas that you want to? Are you making time to enjoy the locations you pass when you are there? Consider taking time to “stop and smell the roses” when you’re relocating from one place to another or schedule a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit but never have. You may even leave the RV behind and flying to an island destination or taking a cruise. Getting a change of space and scenery is always a good idea.
Fulfill your New Year’s resolutions by being consistent. Whatever goal you have, make time to work toward it every day. Make small, achievable steps and celebrate every improvement. That helps to keep you motivated. From Star Wars and Star Trek, “May the force be with you” and “live long and prosper.”
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