Though it’s generally regarded as one of the biggest going-out nights of the year, New Year’s Eve is pretty easy to plan for. Sparkly dress? Check. Champagne in excess? Check. There’s not much else you need beyond that to bring in the new year. After the ball drops, however? That’s when the real work starts. Once you’ve come out of the initial post-holiday fog/hangover, it’s time to make good on all that “new year, new you” talk. Yep, we’re talking New Year’s resolutions.
Truthfully, when it comes to resolutions, there’s never a bad time to get started—but there’s something about January 1 that makes it seem so official. The first day of the year always feels like a clean slate, and the perfect opportunity to turn resolutions into reality; whether that’s simplifying your life, giving back to others, or making a commitment to your health (major or minor). No matter what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2017, the first step is setting attainable resolutions. Here’s some New Year’s resolution inspiration from the Kopari team that we have set for ourselves.
1. If you aren’t already, become a morning person
It’s cliche, but studies show that the early bird really does get the worm. Aim to wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier, and then use that time to get in a good workout, read something inspiring or just enjoy the peace and quiet. Still not convinced you can do it? Our recipe for Coconut Oil Coffee might help.
2. Unplug an hour before bed
We’re all guilty of getting into bed and then avoiding sleep while scrolling the ‘gram for hours. Phones, tablets, computers and TVs all emit blue light, and when you’re getting too much of it, your sleep schedule gets thrown out of whack. Make it a priority to unplug from all your electronics an hour before bed for a more restful sleep.
3. Learn to meditate
Once you’ve mastered the art of becoming a morning person, use at least five of those minutes to meditate. Meditating daily can reduce stress levels and helps to set the tone for the day. Not sure how to start? Check out the free app Headspace.
4. Find a cause you believe in and contribute
As important as it is to take time for yourself, it’s equally important to give back to others when and where you can. Here at Kopari, we give back by helping to improve the livelihoods of farmers in the Philippines (which is where our coconuts are sustainably sourced from). We’ve also partnered with organizations that share our values, like Waves For Water, to help bring clean water to those who need it most.
5. Declutter your closet
If you’re anything like us, chances are good you’ve got a ton of clothing and shoes you aren’t using. Take inventory of your closet, and donate anything you haven’t worn in over six months. If doing it all at once seems daunting, aim to get rid of 3-5 items each month.
6. Simplify your beauty routine
Earn yourself more time, make more space in your medicine cabinet and spend less money by simplifying your beauty routine. One jar of organic Coconut Melt can last months, and has a myriad of uses. Here are just a few of them.
7. Less texting, more calling
The easiest way to make Mom’s day? Calling her! Whenever you find yourself with a few extra minutes, pick up the phone and call someone you care about. A phone call always means so much more than a text (that goes for dates, too)!
8. Eat more meals at home
Eating healthier might be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. One of the easiest ways to do so is by preparing and eating more meals at home. You’ll always know what goes into your food if you’re the one making it. If you’re not the most skilled cook, start slow with this recipe for Kiana’s Coconut Acai Bowl.
9. Make your bed every morning
A small task with huge rewards. Making the bed can help to give you the motivation to accomplish other tasks, improve productivity, and sleep better later on. Here’s proof.
10. Save money for an awesome experience
Studies show that the average American spends over $1000 annually on coffee alone. This year, skip out on costly cappuccinos and rein in your retail habits—then use that saved money to finally do that thing you’ve been talking about for years.