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Ugh. New Years means everybody and their brother is making some sort of resolution. To be better with money, to exercise more, to lose weight – you know the drill. Aside from the fact that 80% of resolutions fail by February, creating drastic, life-changing goals isn’t something most people can just do. Instead of trying to completely change your life, do things in increments that can make a difference.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to make any resolutions at all. But if you’re thinking about it, here are a few ideas:

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Say Yes More Often

My natural inclination is to stay home, watching TV, away from everyone. I’m not the only one who feels this way. A few years ago, I decided to say yes to any opportunities that came my way. It resulted in more options for me in both my personal and professional life. I don’t recommend going all-in like that. You can say yes to things you might normally just skip. It could be as simple as saying yes to going to an event you normally wouldn’t.

This pushes you outside of your comfort zone from time to time and can be positive. In my experience, I found this was the case more often than not.

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Focus on Self Care

It’s so easy to get caught up on the monotony of work and daily life that you forget to take time for yourself. This year, focus on self care. From going to get a massage or a pedicure, to taking the time to see a movie or try a new restaurant – self care encompasses things large and small. Bottom line, take time to enjoy yourself by doing things that make you happy.

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Saying No More Often

Earlier I mentioned how saying yes to everything made a big difference for me. The following year, I realized that saying no to things is just as important. Overextending yourself means that you’re less apt to do any one thing well, and that can wear on you. Pick and choose how you spend your time and do the things that matter to you. It comes down to being more thoughtful about how you spend your time.

Become Less Reliant on Social Media

Over the last few years, this one has become more important. From the ramifications of social media on your mental well being, to Facebook and Google+ scandals, limiting your social media intake can make a big difference in people’s lives. A good portion of what you see on social doesn’t actually represent people’s real lives (and can make you feel like less, when you really aren’t).

It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing on social media and let that affect you. Pulling back a bit and taking in less can be really positive.

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Enjoy the Real World

Along the lines of the last suggestion, unplugging and focusing on the real world can be good. I’m not saying forsake the people, communities and connections you’ve made online, but look at ways to extend those things offline. Meeting up with people, traveling, going to events, and getting out in the world in different ways can make a difference in your mental health and the way you feel in general.

Are You Making any Resolutions?

Do you plan to make any resolutions for the new year? Tell us about yours, why you do or don’t make resolutions, and more in the comments below. Happy New Year!

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