You know what the best thing about the New Year is? Setting New Year’s resolutions, goals and intentions for yourself. You don’t have to go big and change your whole life, but setting just a few, very manageable goals can help you have the best year yet.
My motto every year is : New year, BETTER me!
Making New Year’s Resolution for Teens
When you’re picking your goals for the year, be realistic. Make them measurable so you can easily track them. Break down the goal and figure out how you will achieve it. You have an ENTIRE year to accomplish it.
When I create a goal, I figure out if it’s short term or long term goal and when it fits into my year. Not everything has to happen in January. This is just a good time to reflect.
Setting goals is an important skill for teenagers to learn. This allows you to think about what is important in yours lives and what you want to accomplish. It gives teens the ability to plan and figure out the steps that are needed to reach realistic goals.
Here is a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions for teens:
1. Love Yourself
I know this one can sound a little cliche, but it is the most important thing you can do. I remember someone once said to me, “Would you ever say this to your best friend?” I obviously answered with a big N-O. But that made me think - why treat myself poorly when in reality, I have to love myself before I can love anyone else.
Want to know more about how to love yourself? Read our Top 10 Self-Care Tips for Teens.
Here are a few tips on how to love yourself more:
- Wake up every morning and say positive affirmations to yourself
- Focus on the positives in your life
- Put yourself first
- Treat ‘yo self
- Accept (and love) your imperfections - NO one is perfect!
- Be confident about the body you have - You only have one and you ARE beautiful!
- Embracing your period - Let's be real, Aunt Flo visits every single month. We might as well embrace her and be friends. There are many resources and products that make it easier now, like period tracking apps, menstrual cups, and period underwear, like our 'Oh-No' Proof Underwear.
2. Learn Something New
Have you been thinking about learning how to master a new thing? Maybe playing the guitar, taking pottery classes or snowboarding? Well, now is the time to shine!
You never know, this skill could help you in the long run and open up a new door in your future.
3. Get healthy
I think this is usually #1 on most people's list, but you don’t have to be extreme about it. This could be split up into a few categories:
Try not to make an unrealistic goal of working out every single day...especially if you don’t exercise at all. Start with twice a week and work your way up. It’s so important to move and stay active, especially while you’re young so it sets you up for when you’re older.
Find an exercise you really love. It can be anything! Basketball with your friends, snowboarding or a yoga class. The world is your oyster!
You know something else? Exercising is also really good for when you’re on your period, if Aunt Flo’s started to visit. You can read our full list of tips for exercising on your period here.
Making small changes to your diet can set you up for success! Teaching yourself about nutrition while you’re a teenager will benefit you in the future. You don’t have to label yourself - like vegan or keto. Keep it simple and have balance.
Simple changes can include drinking less pop, make healthier options to your favourite junk food - homemade chips, healthy cookies, etc.
4. Be Present
And experience life!!!
We live in a time where we are always behind our phone screens. Getting out, being active and doing stuff is very important for a teen. Keep your imagination and mind open.
Spend time with your family and friends and experience life how it is meant to be!
5. Get a job and make your own money
K we might sound like your parents here, but have you ever bought something for yourself with your hard earned cash? Maybe you had a babysitting gig and you made $20. Doesn’t that feel amazing?!
Step one is getting a job, so start with finding the right industry you’re interested in then create a resume and. Then land the job and save that dough...oh and treat yo self just a little bit.
The new motto for 2019: LET’S GET THIS BREAD!
Tips on How to Keep Your Resolutions
Like we said above, you don’t have to change your whole life to be successful with your resolutions. Here are a few tips to keeping your resolutions:
Write them down
This is an easy and simple trick to keep yourself accountable. If something is just floating in your head, chances are, you will forget about it. You can easily use any kind of journal or a goal setting specific one.
Divide up your goals, like short-term and long-term. Short-term can be a few months, and long-term can be the year, for example. This can be less overwhelming when you start to list them out on paper!
Commit for at least a month
Start small! Work on one of your resolutions for just a month. It is said that it takes 21 days to break or make a habit. That’s only 3 weeks! It’ll be a walk in the park!
Consistency is key! Keep working at your goals little-by-little and you will get there. Some can be reached quickly, like starting your health journey, but others, like saving money to buy something, can take time.
Don’t be hard on yourself
Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t work on your resolution one day. Tomorrow is always a new day to start fresh!
There you have it! Those are some simple and easy resolutions for teens and tips on how to keep them. Here’s to kicking butt in 2019!