With the end of 2022 approaching, it’s time to reflect on the past year and New Year’s resolutions are born.
New Year’s resolutions, traditionally driven by a desire to change behavior from the previous year, leave behind any bad practices in preparation for the year ahead.
As the New Year approached, I found myself thinking about New Year’s resolutions for 2023. My mind immediately jumped to the somewhat clichéd resolutions – typically focused on fitness or wealth or “living life to the fullest”.
I wanted my New Year’s resolutions to be more fun and unusual compared to the typical ones.
So I’ve put together five non-traditional New Year’s resolutions for 2023, and I hope my resolutions inspire you to not take tradition less seriously and think of your own.
Take frequent naps
I know what you’re thinking.
For some reason, napping is usually considered a lazy or negative habit. However, I think the increase in the number of naps I’m taking this year is only positive.
Last semester, I often found myself staying up late completing assignments or mindlessly scrolling through my phone. I did not prioritize my rest. As a result, I became easily tired and moody during the day.
I pushed through the day and told myself I would go to bed early that night to rest. Of course, that never happened.
Taking time to nap or just relax in 2023 can give me the rest I need to attend to all my responsibilities and be a happier and healthier person overall.
Floss every day
I may be exposing myself with this one.
If you’re anything like me, you occasionally forget to floss when you brush your teeth. I feel like every time I go to the dentist I am reminded of the importance of flossing and forget about it as soon as I leave.
Nobody is perfect and that happens.
This resolution is great for my oral hygiene and easy to implement. I know my dentist will be grateful too.
Explore new TV shows
This time of year I always find myself watching the same TV shows over and over again.
My favorite show to re-watch lately is “New Girl” and while I have no regrets, I want to expand my TV horizons this year.
My friends and family keep recommending different shows to me and 2023 will be the year I finally watch some of them.
Use BeReal correctly
This resolution is my personal favorite.
For those who don’t know, BeReal is an authenticity-focused app — it prompts users once a day to take a real-time photo of whatever they’re doing. According to the app, only 23% of my BeReals were on time in 2022.
I like BeReal’s intention to encourage users to be present and let go of the perfection usually associated with social media.
In 2023, I want to purposefully use the app to engage with its message of authenticity by taking photos on time instead of being late.
Listen to more Taylor Swift songs
In 2022, I spent 19,943 minutes listening to Taylor Swift. It’s been almost two weeks.
According to my Spotify Wrapped, I was also in the top 0.05% of Swift listeners.
While it may seem like I listen to Swift’s music a lot, there is obvious room for improvement. You can never listen to too much Taylor Swift.
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