Why do we feel the need to set these extreme New Year’s Resolutions, and then beat ourselves up when we fail to reach our unrealistic standards? Goals like, lose 10 pounds in 2 months, quit sugar cold turkey, go to the gym every single day, or eliminate all stress. I mean, what!? We are human, not superhuman. It’s no wonder 80% of people give up on their goals in the second week. But, we are not letting that happen this year! Here is to attainable, sustainable 2022 New Year’s goals.
While the aforementioned statistic may seem a little discouraging, setting realistic, healthy goals can help you stay committed and inspired toward reaching (and sticking) with all you want to accomplish!
If bite-sized goals are best, where do you start? And how do you actually make them fun, so you’re even more likely to stick to them? Find a goal that’s small and catches your eye from the list below!
#1 Try One New Recipe Per Week
One recipe a week? This is perfect for those who get bored with eating healthy foods. It’s important to mix it up, so you stay motivated. Plus, trying new recipes can expose you to new foods you may have never tried before. This means more nutrients, and who knows, maybe even some new favorite finds! Maybe you even make it a goal to try one new fruit and veggie every week.
#2 Try 1 Smoothie/Day
Smoothies are some of the most versatile foods on the planet. Need a protein boost? Buy a protein smoothie. Need some healthy fats? Load it up with peanut butter. This goal is great for those trying to meet nutrition goals but can’t seem to make ends meet. And, they are the perfect option when you’re in a time crunch. Smoothies take minutes to whip up and can be one of the best ways to jam-pack a whole bunch of nutrients into one yummy meal.
#3 Try a New Style of Fitness Each Week/Month
If your fitness motivation is lacking, it may be a sign that it’s time to try something new. Remember: you don’t want to have to rely too much on willpower! One of the best ways to keep the motivation pumping is with some new exercise motivation.
Get your heart pumping with quick HIIT workouts, sculpt lean muscle with a longer strength training class, or ground down with a calming yoga flow. There’s something for everyone!
#4 Drink an Extra Cup of Water a Day
Instead of creating a goal that involves removing something from your day, it’s best to try adding something positive in to start. For instance, instead of saying drink less caffeine, start with drinking more water. It comes from a more empowering place that leaves you more likely to follow through!
Once you’ve integrated that daily cup of water into your healthy routine, then address those not-so-healthy habits with another micro goal! Want to cut back on coffee or alcohol? Slowly switch out your guilty beverage of choice for a healthier alternative.
#5 Take a Walk a Day
A walk a day has incredible health benefits — not to mention the simple act of moving your body. And it’s one of the simplest 2022 New Year’s goals.
#6 Build a Gratitude Practice
A solid gratitude practice leaves you way more grounded. You can even do it while you brush your teeth! Either write down or say to yourself three things you’re grateful for that day. It might sound simple, but gratitude can improve feelings of positivity and even improve mental health. Don’t underestimate the power of these small 2022 New Year’s goals!
#7 Compliment Yourself Every Day
Build up your self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence by increasing positive self-talk. Hello, compliments! Write yourself sticky notes and place them on the mirror, so you see them every day!
#8 Start a Wind Down Routine Before Bed
There’s nothing worse than going to bed stressed and then waking up in the middle of the night thinking about all you have to do! Give yourself a little TLC and end the day with a calming evening routine to decompress and release any emotions from the day that are no longer serving you.
#9 Take a Social Media Detox Once a Month
One of the 2022 New Year’s goals you’ll want to make stick? Taking a monthly phone detox! Constant scrolling can cause a lot of brain fatigue, anxiety, and comparison problems. I think we can all agree, the social media comparison trap is no joke. Give yourself a breather by putting your phone away for a day, at least once a month.
#10 Practice Random Acts of Kindness
The beauty of this? When you give someone a compliment or do something nice for someone else, you feel good, too! This can be your partner, friend, sibling, a stranger, really WHOEVER — do something nice for them, and do it when they least expect it! Random acts of kindness give all involved a much-needed mood boost and lead to a happier, healthier you.
#11 Laugh Once/Day
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you’re really stressed. No really, it is! According to research, laughter decreases the stress hormone, cortisol.
#12 Spend Quality Time With Your Loved Ones/Once Week
One of the best (and easiest) 2022 New Year’s goals? Fill up your own cup and the people you love! And when you’re together, try to stay in the moment and not gravitate towards your phone too much.