How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions About Your Health and Home

It’s the New Year, and like millions of others, you’ve made some resolutions. From health and fitness to household organization, it’s best to not go into these things without some idea of which way to go, and even an idea of where to start. If you’ve never dabbled with home organization or healthy living, it can seem to be a bit of a mountain to climb.

From having the right products and tools to having or making the time; starting a resolution to stay organized and to be in good health is a task, but not an impossible one. If you say you can, then you can. It’s all about preparation and mentality, because with both, anything can be achieved.

You have the power to take on the world, or maybe just your kitchen pantry and freezer. Whether you’re fighting a lifetime of spices or challenging your little ones to eat spinach instead of macaroni at dinner, we at Wide Open Eats believe in you, and want to be a beacon of light with you on your journey.

After all, goals and resolutions are easier to stick to when you have someone in your corner. Why yes, we’d love to be in yours! First things first is putting pen to paper and writing it all out.

1. Make a Plan

When you make a plan, you’re making a written contract with yourself, verbalizing what you want, why you want it, and how you’re going to get it. Better yet, get a planner that has a weekly goals section in it for each month, and write your goals down there.

Do you want to entirely clean out and re-organize one room a day? Great! Write it here.

Do you want to go from eating out to eating in four out of seven nights a week (and make it something healthy, too)? Perfect! Just write them down as your weekly goals and carry them out from there.

2. Don’t Think

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Thinking too much can often ruin how you perceive the moments you are in, thus wasting the energy and effort you could’ve been placing on the things you had goals set out for. Rather than overthinking about what you didn’t get accomplished in a days work, reflect on what you did check off your list.

Did you clean out the Tupperware cabinet in your kitchen and the bottom drawer of the fridge, but not make it to anything else? That’s great! Did you walk 2.5 out of the 3 miles you intended on running? Good for you! Why? Because you got out there and did something.

Don’t forget these little milestone victories on your pathway to fulfilling these resolutions and goals, as they’re what will tide you over when you find yourself thinking too much.

3. Be Kind

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We tend to be the hardest on ourselves rather than others, and the same can be true even when our goals are just to remain more organized and conscious of healthy living decisions. Just because you didn’t get the house cleaned or hit the treadmill as hard as you normally would’ve wanted to doesn’t mean you’re lesser of a person, it just means that you’re human.

You’re no different than any other human on this planet in that sense. Sometimes we’re tired and just need a break, sometimes life can be mentally exhausting and you need a little bit of Netflix therapy to get back into the swing of things.

Being kind to yourself,  practicing self love – that’s how you truly accomplish your goals and resolutions. That’s the key to success. Be kind, and forgiving and generous with yourself.

The world won’t end if the floors aren’t cleaned today and you have to get to them tomorrow, and the earth won’t fall of it’s axis if you skip leg day. Just get back on with your motivation once you take care of your inner health—that’s all any of us can really do.

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