New year, new me, right? Unfortunately, there’s a major flaw in the way we make New Year’s resolutions, as well as most of the other goals we set for ourselves throughout the year, and that is, we simply bite more than we can actually chew. Our goals are hardly realistic, which means we end up setting ourselves for failure from the very start without even realizing it by the time we hit February, our New Year’s resolutions are all but forgotten. Here are five realistic goals you can easily accomplish by the end of the first quarter.
Check your breasts thoroughly
You might think that this one is exclusively for the ladies, but have in mind that even men can develop breast cancer, albeit rarely. All adult women, regardless of their age, should be encouraged to exam their breasts once per month. Although mammograms help detect any irregularities long before they become a visible, palpable lump, self-examination is advised as it helps women get familiar with how their breasts look or feel and makes it easier for them to spot any changes. Start by visually examining your breasts in the mirror before you start physically examining with your finger pads and looking for anything you might find out of the ordinary.
Try to be more physically active
Exercise and physical activity are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions and instead of vowing to look like one of those Instagram models, you’re more likely to stick with your resolutions if you set reasonable goals. Don’t think in numbers and clothing sizes, rather focus on creating a routine. Running and cardio can be very demanding, especially now when it’s freezing outside. Swimming is often a more reasonable choice, especially once you consider that most of the comfy, yet elegant swimming costumes are often on sale during winter, whether you’re looking for something flashy for yourself or you’re looking to buy kids’ swimwear for your little ones.
Cut back on smoking and drinking
Smoking is a nasty habit and one that’s really hard to let go of. Using tobacco and smoking are not only bad for your skin, teeth and lungs, but they can also affect your mouth, throat, trachea and lead to some nasty disorders such chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema, so the sooner you stop, the better. Drinking, on the other hand, might be more socially acceptable, but it is equally bad for your teeth and skin and can really do a number on your liver. A small drink (or few) a day is not that big of a deal, but alcohol abuse is a serious issue, so try to limit your use as much as possible.
Eat less processed food
Processed food is not only bad for your health and physique, but it also leaves a very large carbon footprint, as it requires quite a lot of fossil fuels for it to be grown, made, transported, processed, packaged, etc. These days, it’s more important than ever to learn about where your food is coming from and how healthy it actually is for you. This, of course, does not mean you have to change your entire diet or alter your lifestyle choices, but simply to try limiting the number of fats, sugars, and sodium you eat by relying more on whole foods, home-cooked meals and organic produce.
The thing with goals and New Year’s resolutions is to take the time to accomplish them. Real results take time, effort and dedication, but you also have to be honest with yourself and respect your own limitations. At the end of the day, we’re only human and we’re bound to make a mistake here and there. But what’s important is to get over your shortcomings, learn from them and keep your head high.