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Alternative New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have had a good one!  We saw ours in,  cosied up in front of the fire, with a few glasses of Prosecco.  Last of the big party animals over here!

As much as I love a cause for celebration, of course, now the bells have rang the new year in I’ve seen various resolutions and “new year, new me” mantras banded around the internet.  And the influx of adverts everywhere you look capitalising on these resolutions – weight loss products, weight loss classes, gym memberships, keep fit gear, and the ilk.

Are you as fed up as I am with all of these trite resolutions that invariably get abandoned a few weeks into the new year?  This year, think outside the box.  I’ve come up with some alternative New Year’s resolutions that instead focus on looking after yourself, others and the environment.

Here are ten ideas to get you started:

Alternative New Year’s Resolutions

alternative new year's resolutions

Get moving

Use your car less.  Walk more.  Cycle more.  Being outside is way more fun that being stuck inside a stuffy sweaty gym.  It’s free, it’s good for the environment, you can do it whenever you like, and mental health wise, being out in nature has been proven to be fundamentally good for you

Cook more from scratch

It’s cheaper, healthier and more rewarding, and you can use up leftovers.  Struggle with time?  Pick a day and batch cook.

Put your phone, tablet or computer down

Spend more time with family, friends and neighbours.  Get to know your neighbours if you don’t.  Spend time getting involved in your local community.  From joining a community council to simply turning up and supporting local events.  If you are religious and non practicing then why not go to your place of worship more regularly.  If you aren’t religious, there are even atheist churches that you can attend.  These are secular congregations where people sing songs, listen to inspiring non religious talks, and create community together.  I’m not religious and haven’t been to one, but I am intrigued.

Donate Regularly

To your local food bank (check first to see if they are any particular items they need), or to any other cause that resonates with you.  If money doesn’t allow, volunteer if time allows, or alternatively see if any items you don’t need can be used by others.  For starters, homeless charities often need sleeping bags and blankets, and your bras can even help girls in parts of Africa.

Get involved

Vote.  Join a political party and/or an activism group.  Lobby your local MPs for changes you want to see.  The Write To Them website is a good place to start to find your local MP, if you aren’t sure who they are.

Read more

The news.  Alternative news.  Books – (affiliate links):  Soil and Soul.  Eating Animals.  No Logo.  The Establishment.  Stuffocation.  Hell and High Water.  Feral.  To name but a few.

Watch more of the good stuff

Blackfish.  Before The Flood.  Cowspiracy.  The True Cost.  Food Inc.  Vegucated.  Again, to name but a few.  And less of the bad stuff – before having kids I’d never really watched Saturday night TV.  Now I know I was never missing out – Ed Balls dancing to Gangnam Style really is the lowest of the low.

Explore

Don’t go abroad.  Explore your own backyard.  Holiday at home.  Visit a part of the UK you’ve never been to before, or an area near your home that you’re not too familiar with.  The UK is full of hidden treasures – you just have to find them.

Practice Kindness

Frustrated by train price rises?  Don’t take it out on the train conductor or sales clerk who has no influence over the price – instead write to your local MP or take it up with the train company.  Disappointed by a meal in a restaurant?  Don’t take it out on the waiting staff.  Check in on elderly neighbours.  Offer conversation.  Embrace newcomers to your town/village/locality.  Help out refugees.

Embrace Green Cleaning

And for the last of my alternative New Year’s resolutions, ditch some of the more toxic chemicals in your home, and give green cleaning a go.  Start by ditching the fabric conditioner (it really is the worst) and then take it from there!

Do you have any alternative New Year’s resolutions?  Have you made any?  Do share, I’d love to hear!

6 comments

  1. Hi Wendy!

    I discovered your blog a few months ago and I absolutely love it! Funnily enough your resolutions are almost exactly the same as mine. I’d add to your suggestions for reading material Slow Fashion by Safia Minney and No Impact Man by Colin Beavan which I’ve just finished. Also Minimalism: A Flim About The Important Things (out on Netflix).

    My additional resolutions are to grow as much of our own food as possible (I already do but would be good to have to top-up less), to create less household waste and to be more mindful. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings and to reading your posts. X

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