5 Alternatives for New Years’ Resolutions to Protect Your Health

Cass Polzin
4 min readFeb 25, 2023

Everyone approaches the new year as a time for starting fresh. We often have big aspirations for what we’ll accomplish in the new year, often near the point of entirely reinventing ourselves. Unfortunately, while we may approach the first week of the year with extra zeal, it tends to fizzle out before the end of January.

If you’re looking for a new way to approach resolutions you can achieve, while protecting your health and healing in the year to come, you’re in the right place.

1. Think of the New Year as a Time for Rebirth

At its very core, the winter season is a time for introspection. The colder weather creates the perfect backdrop for turning inward and evaluating not only what you’ve accomplished, but who you hope to become.

Before diving into all you want to achieve in the new year, take time to reflect, ask yourself a few questions:

  • What am I most proud of from the past year?
  • What brought me the most joy over the past twelve months?
  • Why did those accomplishments bring me pride and satisfaction?
  • How can I create opportunities to feel that way more often in the new year?
  • Where did I face the greatest challenges?
  • What obstacles prevented me from accomplishing my goals? Did I anticipate them?

Armed with that personal insight, you can make educated decisions about the goals you should set for yourself and the new habits to implement.

2. Be Practical as You Envision Your Future

Building a vision board is a great way to see the future you could accomplish and put more meaning behind the goals you’re setting. It changes your mindset from accomplishing a task to reaching a new version of yourself.

Set goals on your vision board that will be practical to fit in your daily routine. You can’t work out for 3 hours daily — you have a job. A practical alternative is waking up a little early to do 15 minutes of yoga before you start your day.

3. Build New Habits