Gay Wellness
Posted 12/29/2022 in Self-care

15 New Year’s Resolution for a New Start in 2023

15 New Year’s Resolution for a New Start in 2023

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in taking your life to the next level in the new year. Many gay men are looking for an opportunity to reset and use 2023 as an opportunity for a new beginning and a chance to set things right. We get it. We’re feeling the same way.

Oh, and by the way, what’s up with New Year’s Resolutions - are they helpful? Or are they irrelevant, because a lot of us don’t keep them anyway? Well, one perspective is this:  New Year doesn’t HAVE to be, but CAN be, a great opportunity to seize the moment and try to make some personal changes to our lifestyle. 

Maybe we succeed, maybe not, but well… at least we can give it the old try!

We’ve rounded up some tips from some gay wellness practitioners and asked them to share their top new year’s resolutions and tips for achieving them. Here’s what we've got:

1. Resolve to make your resolutions doable.

When you resolve to make a change in your life, keep it simple. Complexity is the biggest barrier to change. Map out a specific, step-by-step plan to achieve your goal. Include benchmarks and measurements to track your progress.

2. Resolve to add one additional fruit or vegetable serving at each meal.

Studies have shown that a plant-based diet is a healthy one. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables has been proven to prevent disease, keep weight under control, enhance wellness and promote longevity. Adding an extra serving of a fruit or vegetable per meal isn’t difficult and it could be the first step toward a total vegan diet. Ha! You never know!

fresh vegetables from the market

3. Resolve to use green and healthy hygiene products.

Ask yourself:  can products full of chemicals actually make you look good? Probably not. Make it a point in the new year to replace chemically-loaded shampoos, skin creams, and shaving products with green and clean ones as they run out. This will keep you from having to spend a lot on the transition all at once and you can see the benefits of better products over time.

4. Resolve to meditate for ten minutes every day.

Even the busiest gay man can find ten minutes a day to make their lives better. Youtube, Amazon Music, and iTunes are excellent resources for guided meditations. Commit to ten minutes a day when it’s convenient for you and be patient until you find a meditation guide that centers you and leaves you feeling better. The time you put in will reward you handsomely in peace of mind. (Also, if you’re looking for a meditation circle, click here).

5. Resolve to get a massage once a month.

It’s indulgent. It’s beneficial. It’s healthy. It gives you quiet time. It provides time alone with your thoughts. It allows you to connect. Who can ask for more out of an experience? Try implementing it on a monthly basis and see how it affects your overall stress levels, and remember to try out various different styles to see which one best suits you.

6. Resolve to carry a healthy snack with you at all times.

Whether it’s fruit, seeds, raw vegetables, popcorn, protein bars, or other healthy treats, having them on hand will prevent those trips to the store for chips or chocolate bars. All it takes is a little advance planning to avoid a whole bunch of bad snacking.

7. Resolve to use natural household cleaners.

It’s not just the things you put in and on your body that impact wellness, it’s also what you use around it. Traditional household cleaners are among the most toxic substances people keep in their homes. Substitute things like vinegar, baking soda, and natural cleaners for the unsafe things you’re using now. Check out this list of natural cleaning products you probably already have here .

8. Resolve to add one new healthy food to your diet each month.

There are so many healthy diet options written about, podcasted, and promoted each and every day. It really can be overwhelming! Take it slow. Try just adding one new healthy food a month. For example, start with kale, and see how that goes. Then move on to fish, then asparagus. Usually, the best way is to take time to figure out if certain things are good for us. 

9. Resolve to be active every day.

If you aren’t moving, get going! You don’t have to become a gym rat on day one. It all begins one step at a time. Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily, such as taking a walk with your boyfriend, partner, or dog. You can even break it up throughout the day. Consider doing 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes during lunch, and 10 minutes after getting home. 

10. Resolve to drink more water.

When your body is dehydrated, it can’t run efficiently. Drinking water provides many benefits. These include increasing energy levels, flushing out toxins, improving your skin (making you look better!) and boosting immunity (something we all need right now). Try adding one more glass of water a day each week during the first few months of the new year. If you don’t enjoy drinking water, simply add some flavoring.

11. Resolve to cut alcohol use.

Many people started drinking more during the pandemic. And they kept on drinking even as it waned. Resolve to cut your alcohol by one cocktail, beer, or glass of wine a week until you return to pre-pandemic drinking levels. 

12. Resolve to find a workout buddy.

Having someone to work out with gives you a person to set goals with and keeps you on track toward reaching them. It will also make fitness more fun. Of course, it’s possible to get fit on your own, but it’s a whole lot more enjoyable with someone else (especially if he’s cute!).

13. Resolve to create your own personal space.

Give yourself the gift of a few minutes each and every day to recharge. Create a space in your home or office where you can be quiet and get centered. Take a few moments to pray, meditate, or journal, and give yourself a few minutes to “just be.”

14. Resolve to improve your sleeping habits.

You can’t function well without good sleep. Make it a goal to go to bed at the same time every night and to wake up in the morning. It is so important for all of us to have a quiet, dark, and comfortable space that feels restful. There is an art to creating and enhancing an environment that feels nurturing, homey, and that actually rejuvenates you. 

Another sleep killer is drinking caffeinated drinks after 3:00 pm. And of course, although sometimes easier said than done, try to avoid looking at stimulating entertainment prior to going to bed. All these things will help you sleep more soundly and perform better every day.

15. Resolve to do something kind every now and then.

Random acts of kindness can shift our perspective from focusing exclusively on ourselves to paying attention to others. It may help us connect with people we wouldn’t normally interact with, which broadens our perspective. Start by doing something nice for someone you know or a stranger once a week.

black gay man with rainbow wall

FINALLY:  Resolve to set new measurable goals monthly.

Treat the start of every month as the beginning of a new journey. Don’t wait until the beginning of 2024 to make new resolutions. Set a new goal each month. It will keep you focused on health and wellness and help you keep improving throughout the year. It will set a rhythm and pattern of ongoing self-improvement in your life.

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