Self-Love New Years Resolutions For A Healthier & Happier You

A lot of New Years resolutions are about “betting yourself” but they’re often unachievable, or a little toxic, such as the diet industry using as it as a chance to exploit people who are insecure to “get skinny” (and nothing about health) so I wanted to create a list of self-love resolutions that encourage bettering yourself while also being kind to yourself. So here are my self-care New Years resolutions below:

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Self-Care New Years Resolutions

Eat More Fruit & Veggies


I have no intention of steering into diet culture world but it’s always a good thing to eat more fruit and vegetables for your health. You can improve your diet without needing to go on a ridiculous restrictive diet, and if you eat more nutritious foods, you’ll feel better. Maybe have some smoothies every now and then or sneak extra veggies into your meals.

Make A Journal Jar

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I’ve doing a journal jar every single since 2014. The purpose of a journal of a jar is to write down the happy moments of the year as they happen and open the jar up on New Years Eve to reminisce. After the year we’ve had, I think now is more impotant than ever to really focus on the positives.

We tend to only really remember the bad so this self-care New Years resolution will remind you that even during the worst years, there are still nice moments.

Practice Gratitude

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The next of these self-care New Years resolutions is to practice gratitude. This also ties in with the point about the journal jar about finding ways to help you to look on the bright side. Practicing gratitude is exactly what it maens; taking a moment (whether making a mental note or a physcial note) to list a few things that yuot’re grateful for.

Again, you might not be where you want to be in life but it’s about looking on the bright side. I’m grateful for an education, a roof over my head, a job etc.

Check out this Celebrate Your Wins Journal.

Treat Yo Self

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We only live once, and this one of the self-care New Years resolutions on this list is probably in start contrast to the New Years diets that are no doubt floating around the internet. Life is too short to never treat yourself! If you want a takeaway on a Friday to pat yourself on the back for a long week at work then get it! If you want to get a “fancy” coffee in Starbucks then get it!

You can be healthy and financially responsible this year but it won’t be sustainable if you just deprive yourself of everything fun. Also dark chocolate isn’t just good for the soul, there are some health benefits.


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I’m a big believer in manifestation (and actually working towards your goals).

Ask yourself what you want to get from this year. What are you goals both personally and career wise? Where do you want to be?

Envision it. Repeat it. Take conscious action towards it. Every night before I go to sleep I say what I want three times and low-and-behold when I started manifesting that I wanted to find the “perfect writing job” before Christmas I landed one within weeks!

Check out this manifestation journal.

It’s Okay to Rest

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Being productive and motivated is an admirable trait! However, hustling all the time is a one-way ticket to a break down so this next item on this list of self-love New Years resolutions is about letting yourself rest and relax sometimes. (Trust me, I’ve been there and burned myself out).

Money/hustle Twitter, as well as fitness groups on social media, can promote things like “I rest when I’m sleeping,” and “grind grind grind,” but you’re only human. You’re not a loser because you came home after working 9 to 5 and then put on Netflix. If you work on side projects while you’re exhausted the work you’re gonna put out is gonna be crap! You need to balance work and play.

Social Media Detox

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Social media gets toxic very quickly which can, in turn, have a negative impact on your mental health whether it’s cyberbullying, self-confidence, or FOMO. Life is already brought enough so why let something that’s optional to use bother you?

This is the year to hit the unfriend, mute, unfollow, and block buttons for anyone who brings you down.

Take Risks

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We can’t always grow in our confort zone so one of the most challenging things on this self-care New Years resoltuin list is to take risks if there’s something you need or want to do. I don’t want all of these self-love New Years resoltuions to basically involve wrapping yourself in cotton wool and dirnking tea; you need to be tough on yurse,f sometimes love has to be though love.

So, bit the bullet. Take a risk – but be smart about it. Don’t want up tomorrow moring and quit your job for a passion project with no plan, but if you’re side hustle is booming than maybe its time to pull the chord on everytihng else and pursue that full time?

Mind Your Own Business

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One of my pet peaves is people who can’t mind their own buisness. Why do people I went to school with and haven’t spoken to in years feel entitled to know what I’m doing with myself so they can look down on me? Why do acquaantances or distant family firneds peek their noses in where theyre not welocme?

Focus on yourself this year. Everyone has their own path. Everyone’s life moves at their own face so worry about what’s really important instead. The gossip is only a momentary for whatever void some people are trying to fill. Do something productive instead.

Make Time For Your Hobbies

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I am a very busy person and I often feel like I don’t have time to do anything I want but on a busy schedule even if you can just squeeze in 5 or 10 minutes of Me-Time you’ll feel much better! Whether it’s a short workout, or reading a few pages of a book, or a quick doodle. After all, isn’t art what makes life worth living.

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What do you think of these self-care New Years resolutions? Do you have anything you want to achieve next year.

If Veganuary is on yours New Years agenda then check out my Veganuary Survival Guide!

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Reader Comments

  1. Britt K

    Making time for hobbies is one that I have slacked on FAR too much over the years. That being said, I have decided that 2021 is the year that is going to change. I dug out some of my supplies for a few different hobbies that I love (cross stitch and crochet, for example) and I am going to make time to enjoy them!

  2. Sophie

    I love that more people are finally realising it’s okay to rest and say no! I love the idea of a journal jar and really want to try manifestation this year. And simple health goals like eating more fruit and veg are far better than traditional diet culture messages x


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