Top 7 New Year Resolutions of 2020
By: Mr Write-ster
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The new year is always an exciting moment for it represents a new beginning. It offers people the opportunity to start over or to begin a new life. In less than a week, you can expect to see postings of New Year resolutions on social media platforms with hashtags like ‘#newyearnewme #newyearresolution #newyeargoals’. Setting resolutions for oneself is always a popular thing to do as this is the time of the year where many people feel determined to make use of the next 365 or 366 days to do better, or for that matter achieve something that they couldn’t the year before.
New Year resolution is all about making changes to your lifestyle. While some may think setting resolutions are impractical because it’s only a matter of time before they give up on committing and succumb to their former undesirable lifestyle, it nevertheless feels good to know that some are still enthusiastic about experiencing a new life change. That being said, for those who are keen at improving your existing lifestyle for the new year, Rilex-Lah has taken the opportunity to list down the top 7 New Year resolutions of 2020 that you can set.
1. Lose weight
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Needless to say, this is the most common New Year resolution that people have in mind. It’s also probably the hardest one to achieve. This is because calories are the biggest culprits of weight gains. As we all know lah, Malaysia is a multiracial society. When you live here, the variety of mouth-watering foods and drinks become a part of your lifestyle. So, how to lose weight like that leh?
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A common misconception on losing weight is by starving yourself. DON’T DO THAT! Instead, eat healthier meals with balance nutrient. The first effort to losing weight is to be conscious of your diet. Be mindful of what you eat. We won’t deny that it’s going to be tough with all the temptations. But if you can pull this off, you can expect to see some amazing results on your weighing scale and in front of the mirror!
2. Exercise More
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This resolution also plays a big part in the previous resolution. As adults, sometimes we got carried away in the pursuit for wealth that we forgotten our health is as equally important. With that said, this New Year resolution could help you commit to living a healthier lifestyle.
For starter, train yourself to take the stairs more often. A healthy lifestyle entails exercising at least three times a week. Go for a jog, cycling, swimming, hit the gym, do some cardio exercise. Alternatively, you can exercise at the comfort of your own home. Learn some exercise routines from YouTube videos.
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If you are up for a challenge, train your endurance with the High Intensity Training (HIT). But be warn! While the 10 – 20 minutes fat-burner routine is perfect for those who wishes to get into shape, first timers should never underestimate this short but intense workout. Happy exercising!
3. Learn Something New
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When it comes to learning new stuff, it’s not unusual for some people to give excuses like “I don’t have time for this” or “I’m just too tired after work”. Of course, it’s relatable that working can be exhausting, but are you truly going to let your 9 to 5 job limit your self-development?
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Life is more than just repetitive cycles of working and resting. By committing to this New Year resolution, you get to explore your personal interest. Belum cuba, belum tahu, kan? You’ll begin to realize your true potential when you’re willing to open new doors. So, in 2020, sign up for a night class or online course, learn new languages or handy skills or even as simple as picking up new recipes online! Be willing to cast aside all excuses that limit your growth.
4. Spend More Time with Your Family
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When my grandmother passed, the abbot of the Siamese monks who performed the ritual delivered an inspiring and deep message. He said “embrace and kiss your parents while you still can. When they are gone, you won’t be able to do that anymore.” This is nothing new. Life is short. We already know that. Yet, sometimes we still take our families for granted. Before we know it, we’ve lost a lifetime to truly be there with them.
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So, take the New Year as an opportunity to spend more time not just with your parents, but also your siblings, spouse and children. Put those phones away. Spend some quality time with them. Talk to them. Laugh with them. Hug and kiss them. Tell them you love them. Most importantly, cherish every single moment with them for time and tide wait for no man.
5. Start Saving Money
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This is another easier said than done resolution. People said they’re going to start saving money but seldom succeed. It’s because sometimes we’re tempted to spend when we receive our salary. Then, we ended up blowing those hard-earned pay checks.
So, how do you save money? A good practice is to place a portion of it into the fixed deposit (FD) the first day you receive your pay check. When that portion of money is untouchable, it would force you to get through the month with what you have left. This would train you to minimize your expenses and cut on unnecessary spending.
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Bak kata pepatah… Remember that Bahasa Melayu idiom that goes “Sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama jadi bukit”? Every single cent counts. If you save RM 50 a week, you’d have saved an additional amount of RM 200 monthly. And that’s RM 2400 you just saved per year! Stop spending and start saving now.
6. Learn to Control your Emotions
Whether it is at home or at work, you know how sometimes even the smallest things could just irritate you and put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day? Or maybe an emotional outburst that caused you to act recklessly or make impulsive decisions?
Behaviours are linked to emotions. This New Year resolution helps you to experience the “New Year, New Me” sensation by committing into becoming a better person, emotionally wise. When emotion is in control, you learn not to let people or insignificant events upset you. You are likely to make better judgment and rational decisions in a calm manner. Remember, it’s not the situation or event that causes your emotional responses. Rather, it is how you perceive the situation or event that affects how you feel. Keep calm and control your emotion! =)
7. Go to Bed Early and Start Your Day Earlier
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Many people suffer from the ‘night time can’t sleep, morning can’t wake up’ syndrome. Okay, guilty as charged! Even the admins themselves are night owls who enjoy staying up late. While it is suggested some people are more productive at night, there’s no denying that persistent late-night sleeps could have detrimental effects to the body.
Committing to this New Year resolution could bring about some benefits. During deep sleeps at night, the body repairs your muscles, organs and cells. By sleeping early, you allow for the restoration of your body to happen while you rest. Your body would appreciate that. Next, you would be more alert and productive during the day. You wouldn’t need to depend too much on caffeine or sugary stuff to keep yourself awake. So, for this New Year, resolve to breaking the poor sleeping habit by pledging to sleep early and start your day earlier!
Of course, there are certainly more New Year resolutions than we could talk about here. We shall list some of them here, hoping this would spark your eagerness to pursue them in case the ones above aren’t the resolutions you’d like to commit into. Here are some of the resolutions that we had compiled but didn’t make it to the top of our list:
- Meet New People
- Travel More/Go on a Trip with Friends (make it happen, don’t ffk [break promises])
- Be More Productive
- Learn to be grateful/Count Your Blessing
- Treat Yourself Better
- Stop Procrastinating
- Play with Your Pets More Often (furry creatures need lots of attention)
- Set Aside More Time for Yourself
- Learn to Make More Money
- Find a Significant Other (if not aunties will ask none stop during CNY)
- Quit Unhealthy Habits (smoking, drinking, eating too much fast food/instant noodles)
- Keep in Touch More Often with Family and Friends
- Be More Assertive
- Love Yourself Unconditionally
While all these may seem like ideal resolutions to pursue, one needs to bear in mind that one should always be realistic when setting New Year resolutions. Manage your self-expectation by avoiding from saturating yourself with too many resolutions. This is because when you’re unable to fulfil them, it may backfire on you and could potentially lead to demotivation and a sense of disappointment.
However, do not be discouraged if you’re unable to achieve your goals by a certain time. Remember, this is not a race. Everyone walks their own pace. After all, your resolutions are meant for you to become a better person.
From all us at Rilex-Lah, we wish all of you a great start for the New Year. May 2020 be a fruitful year where you achieve your dreams and goals. Happy New Year and best of luck in committing to those resolutions!