13 New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Do in One Minute or Less

Check out our latest video all about New Year’s Resolutions!

In our first video for 2018, Amanda and Sarah demonstrate 13 New Year’s resolutions that you can do in one minute or less. If you are tired of kicking yourself for failing at your more far-reaching resolutions, or if you need some baby steps, check it out.

Find about more about our motivations behind each resolution below! Oh, and Happy New Year!

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1. Drink More Water

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Why do this?

Because hydration is an important part of our health, and you should always make drinking more one of your resolutions. In fact, water helps ensure that our bodies are working at optimal levels, it keeps our skin looking healthy, and it can even help with your other New Year’s goals like eating less or losing weight. How much water we need to drink varies greatly depending on a lot of factors like our size and how much we exercise, but on average, women should drink about 72 ounces per day, so about 3 24-oz water bottles each day.

2. Write Someone a Letter

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Why do this?

Handwriting is actually good for your brain magic. Writing something by hand activates some of the same areas in your brain that meditation does, it may increase our positive thinking, and helps us add a little mindfulness to our life. Plus, putting a little time into expressing your feelings for something will make both of you feel awesome. Here’s to more resolutions that do that!

3. Compliment a Friend

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Why do this?

There’s no denying that compliments and kindness often make you feel good, but did you know there’s science to back that up? According to the Greater Good Science Center, scientists have found a link between compassion and the vagus nerve. Basically, the science suggests that doing acts of compassion, like complimenting a friend, can help regulate your heart and reduce inflammation. Not bad for WAY less than one minute!

4. Organize One Drawer or Container

 

Why do this?

Organizing is good for you. In a study, scientists found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Also, studies found that women who described their home as “cluttered” were more likely to have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. So there are great reasons to get cracking on your resolutions to finally tidy things up. However, attempting to totally overhaul your house right after the new year could totally overwhelm you. So, we suggest starting small. Start by organizing one drawer or container. Simple, right? Tomorrow, or in a few days, move onto the next one. Then the next. Then maybe take on a closet. Then another. Before you know it, you’ll have a clean, organized closet without all the stress.

5. Meditate for One Minute Every Day

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Why do this?

Think that in order to reap the benefits of meditation you need to do it for a long time each day? Think again! Just one minute has enormous benefits, plus even those newer to meditation will find that one minute isn’t too hard to accomplish. You can reap the benefits of calming your heart rate, getting more oxygen to your brain, and focusing your mind in just a simple one minute per day. They key is quality, not quantity. So sit in a quiet, comfortable space, and for one minute, concentrate on your breath. Try to release all other thoughts from your mind, and just breathe in, and breathe out.

6. Read a Poem

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Why do this?

If you haven’t read poetry since your high school or college days, you’re not alone. Poetry reading has declined sharply in the last quarter century, but that shouldn’t be the case. Because science shows that poetry activates a special part of your brain, and it gives you chills. Plus, poems are shorter than books, so if you need a little literary burst in your day, a poem might be perfect.

In our resolutions video, Amanda is reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, which you can find on Amazon.

7. Floss Every Day

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Why do this?

We all know how important flossing is for our health, and yet many of us skip it. According to the American Dental Association, 20% of Americans never floss, and only 40% floss every day. So use your resolution minute to do something good for your teeth.

8. Update Your Resume

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Why do this?

The new year opens up a whole new set of possibilities, and it gives us time to analyze our lives and what we want. So if you want to make changes, we say now is the perfect time. However, confronting massive changes like “finding a new job” can feel daunting, so start with small steps, like updating your resume. With small steps one at a time, you’ll soon have everything you ever dreamed of.

9. Go to Bed Early

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Why do this?

If you want to be more productive, you should go to bed early as one of your resolutions. When you try to stay up late, even if it is to get things done, your work suffers. And if you don’t get the right number of hours of sleep per day, your brain won’t function at its optimum levels. So do your brain and your life a favor by going to bed early starting in 2018.

10. Donate to Charity

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Why do this?

Of course donating money is a good deed, and it’s great for your karma. But did you know that generosity is also good for your health? Research has found that generosity is linked to a lower rate of early death, because it helps reduce stress. It also improves your mental health and has been linked to lower incidences of depression. So not only will a quick donation be good for the world, it will also be good for your health.

11. Eat More Fruits & Veggies

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Why do this?

So many of us want improve our eating habits in the new year, but changing everything about the way you eat all at once can be both difficult and stressful. So why not take small steps? Make a commitment to eat more fruits and veggies – start small with 1-2 servings per day, and work your way up.

12. Take a Break From Your Phone

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Why do this?

Are you reading this on your phone? Okay, finish reading, make sure to subscribe, then put your phone down. Can any of us deny that we probably stare at our phone screens too much? And putting down your phone can help benefit your health in the new year. Research suggests that cell phone use correlates to emotional instability, and that’s not what we want! Plus, social media can contribute to feelings of low self-esteem and using your phone too soon before bed can give you insomnia. So start by putting it down for a purposeful minute each day, and gradually increase until you’ve lessened your phone use.

13. Stretch

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Why do this?

Plenty of us try to bump up our exercise routines in the new year, but are we adding stretching to that equation? Stretching helps maximize our range of motion and undoes a lot of the damage that sitting all day does to tighten our muscles. So take the time to stretch today, and for the rest of the new year.

What are your new years resolutions? Or did you try any of ours? LET US KNOW in the comments below! 

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