What does the beginning of a New year mean to you? Is it just a change in the calendar date or an opportunity to ring out the old and ring in the new? Typically, many people tend to start their year with “resolutions” – things that they have meant to do for a while but been putting off. It gives a fresh start at such things because gives an opportunity to look back and see how further you really are from the goals you set. Here are 5 things to drop this year for a more positive, rewarding experience:
1. Drop People, Who Pull You Down
One of the simplest and biggest favors you can do to your soul this new year is to move away from people you dislike. You may dislike someone for a variety of reasons – because they are sarcastic, do mean things or simply don’t match your thought wave length. Meeting and talking to such people only leave you seething in anger. So, drop such people from your friend list. Connect with people, who make you happy. Your life will automatically be happier!
2. Drop Binge Eating this New Year
Not just because you want to lose weight, binge eating can have long term side effects. It is often cited as a cause to several “lifestyle” diseases. So, this new year, drop binge eating on fried, fatty and instant foods and turn to healthy and fresh to meet those untimely hunger pangs. One of the simplest tricks in the book is to not buy or keep any binge snacks in your house. So, even if you are tempted, you’ll not find anything to binge on.
3. Drop Impulse Shopping
With online shopping sites offering so many discounts and sales throughout the year, it is very difficult to train the mind to ignore the tempting offers and go easy on the wallet. Tell yourself that with the current pattern, someone or the other is always offering a discount during a holiday, long weekend, end of season, end of reason and so forth. If you don’t really need it, then don’t buy it. It is also useful to stick to a monthly budget for online shopping.
4. Drop Your Smartphone
Oops! Not really! But we all know for a fact that smartphones have taken up a big chunk of time in our daily lives. Be it answering the incessant pings on Whatsapp or following all our friends’ lives on Facebook knowing what they ate and where they went, smart phones have converted our desires into necessities. They’ve smartly eaten away the real family and friend time. So, this new year make sure you make some “me time” and “family time”.
5. Drop Procrastination
We all have a bucket list of the things we want to do, places we want to travel to, movies to watch and hobbies to pick up. And, we’ve put off a lot of these into a bucket called “tomorrow” or “later” because we are too busy today. Drop procrastinating and take up one thing a month that you’ve really wanted to do, whether it is to learn to play the guitar or meet up with an old friend. So, stop thinking and start doing!
New Year resolutions are essentially just a to-do list with a fancy start date. What makes our list interesting is that it is not about creating new things to do but putting an end to things that make you unhappy.