Happy New Year! If you’re still recovering from your NYE festivities you may have already vowed to make some changes in 2018, but how do you decide on a resolution that will change your entire year—or at least the two weeks it takes to give up on going vegan—for the better? Instead of promising to get that ‘freshman year of college spring break bod’ back, take a look at our resolutions for a change you’ll actually want to stick with. No offense, Equinox trainers.
Get More Sleep
Is there anything better than sleeping in on the weekend and waking up without the sound of an iPhone alarm? Sleep is one of those things we’re all not getting enough of, and sacrificing those much needed hours for a Netflix binge isn’t doing you any favors. Even though we’ll be making an effort to hit the sheets earlier this year, we’ll still need our morning coffee, thanks.
Step Away From the Phone
I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m addicted to my phone. Acceptance is the first step, right? In 2018, don’t stress when you forget your phone at home. Better yet, make an effort to leave it behind when grabbing dinner with friends or shopping for groceries. Distance makes the heart grow fonder and the new season of Black Mirror made us scared of technology—tomato, tom-ah-to.
The weather is getting even colder and somehow winter coats don’t feel quite as cute when the Christmas decorations have been packed away. To get your mind off the chilly temps, plan a getaway to that spot you’ve been dying to get to. Check out another culture, visit a place you’ve never been, see what the world has to offer—and even if you don’t learn anything, your abroad Instas are guaranteed to break your personal best.
After the events of 2017, the need to educate ourselves has never been more important. Whether you’re listening to political podcasts or getting out in your community to lend a hand, make 2018 the year you volunteer, vote, and make your voice heard. Find something you’re passionate about (sustainability, anyone?) and figure out how you can make a difference on a local, national, or even global level. Resolutions that give back are so hot right now.
As someone with at least eight full online shopping carts at this very moment, I can confidently say I love clothes. And shoes. And bags. You get the picture. If your credit card statement reads like a love letter to the mall, do some research on the practices and overall impact of your favorite stores. Don’t like what you see? Swap big names for local businesses and companies who are actively making a difference for that perfect pair of jeans. You’ll be supporting the underdog while adding to your shoe collection—a win, win situation if I’ve ever heard one.
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