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Stress-Free New Years Resolutions

Welcome to the new year! 2012 is here and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to make some resolutions. It can be difficult to pick a resolution, and even harder to stick to it.

The key is to choose a resolution that will be challenging but not impossible. By picking something that you genuinely want to change, you’ll have an innate motivation to follow through with whatever you pick. Find a problem that is unique to you or that you truly care about. Then set up a plan for changing yourself or kicking your bad habits.

Here are a few resolution ideas and some pointers that will help you accomplish your goals while staying stress-free:

Lose weight

Yeah, we’ve all said we want to lose weight, but that’s a loaded statement. Be more specific. How many pounds do you want to lose? Do you just want to lose weight or is there a deeper goal to be healthy and get in shape?

The gym isn’t the only place to shed pounds. Make losing weight a by-product of a resolution to spend x-amount of hours each week on a new hobby. Take up hiking, swimming, tennis or basketball and don’t focus so much on the weight itself. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to follow through and actually drop some weight without the stress of focusing on the scale.

Stop Using Curse Words

This is another common resolution, and just like losing weight, it should be a by-product of a deeper goal. Instead of saying “I want to stop using curse words,” try saying “I want to learn a new word every day for the rest of the year.” Dictionary.com has a word of the day that you can check each morning before work.

Then, keep that word in the back of your mind all day and try to use it as much as possible. By focusing on the positive words you can use when interacting with people, you’ll be less prone to cursing.

Focus on relationships

This is a great resolution, but, like the last two, it lacks specificity. Since you probably just spent the holidays with the most important people in your life, take a minute and think about which of those relationships are suffering due to work or other obligations.

Set aside a pre-determined day of the week or time of day to spend with that person doing something you both enjoy. Just make sure you stick to it. If you make time each day to eat lunch or dinner, you can make time each day or week to spend building a relationship with that person.

Relax

This is one we all probably could use. If this is your resolution, then you probably know you need to avoid getting worked up, but you may not be sure how to go about it. Any of the above resolutions will help you with this. You could take up yoga, focus on staying calm (and not swearing) in hectic situations, or spend time with people who mean a lot to you. There’s an even easier way, though.

Research shows that having a clean, clutter free space to come home to at the end of the day helps to alleviate stress and stay relaxed. Go back through these blogs and check out our 6-part-series on de-cluttering.

If you still need help, consider hiring a professional service like College Hunks Hauling Junk to help cleanse your home of stress inducing clutter.

These are only a few of the possible resolutions you can pick. Decide where you could use improvement and what is most important to you. Then, be specific and creative. Once you’ve come up with a plan, you’ll find that accomplishing your goals doesn’t seem so difficult and, if done correctly, can be a great way to relieve your stress.

You will have solved your own problem.

After all, you can’t have a “resolution” without a “solution.”

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