With the start of 2019, many are preparing for the optimism that a brand new year can bring. Additionally, many people are coming up with New Year’s resolutions to better themselves throughout this new year. But as most people know, while many come up with New Year’s resolutions, few people stick to them throughout the year.
In fact, studies show that 20 percent of resolutions are broken within the first week of January, while 80 percent are broken within the first year.1 Because of this, you can honestly use all of the help you can get to stay on track and achieve your goals this time around.
While other habits like managing your time are important for achieving your resolutions, some essential oils also have the potential to create a smoother journey towards your resolutions. Though these potent aromatic compounds can be used topically or aromatically, perhaps the most convenient way to use them, especially if you’re in for a busy year, is in a portable diffuser.
So, highlighted below are different MONQ portable diffuser blends for the most popular New Year’s resolutions in hopes that this is the year that your resolutions all the way to next December instead of fizzling out by the second week of January.
Workout More – Active
According to a YouGov survey, this resolution is the top resolution on most people’s lists, with 59 percent of individuals who are making resolutions designating it as one of their goals.2
Some ways to stick to this goal is to either sleep in your workout clothes if you plan to workout in the morning or put them on as soon as you come home from class or work if you plan to workout in the evening. Psychologically, this makes it more difficult to remove the exercise clothes without first doing some form of exercise.
Additionally, it’s important to set realistic expectations about your exercise progress and remember that though the changes may seem small at the moment, they will build up towards more substantial progress in the long run.
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To complement your goal of working out more in the new year, try Active to get you energized and motivated before your workout. This blend of bitter orange, black pepper, and sage is designed to energize, invigorate, promote positivity, and reduce stress.
Healthy – Eat Healthier
Right behind working out more on the most popular resolutions list is eating healthier, with 54 percent of individuals who make resolutions setting this goal. The reason that this resolution can often go wrong is that people set unrealistic goals for cutting out foods groups or intense caloric restrictions. However, keeping in mind some healthy eating guidelines rather than setting harsh restrictions is more likely to allow for a resolution that lasts.
Make it your goal to eat more omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of hypertension and have been shown to improve mood. These can be found in fish, walnuts, and flax. Additionally, aim for at least three servings of vegetables each day, increase your fiber intake to the recommended 21 to 38 grams, try to cut back on your meat consumption, and be wary of your sugar intake. These small changes all have the potential to make a big difference.3
Get More Sleep – Sleepy
Though a lot of people struggle with getting enough sleep each night, 31 percent of individuals are self-aware enough to make getting more sleep a goal in the new year. This resolution is one of the most difficult to implement because willing yourself to go to sleep might not be enough if your body is unprepared to wind down.
Because of this, relaxing before bed and limiting screen time are especially important if you’re looking to boost sleep quality and quantity in the new year. If you’re still struggling to fall asleep, try Sleepy which contains a combination of chamomile, kava, and lavender designed to promote tranquility and induce sleep.
Practice Self-Care – Zen
With life becoming seemingly more stressful every year, focusing on taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health is becoming increasingly important. Try to do more activities that make you happy. If it seems like you always push self-care aside because your calendar is filled with meetings and work, then schedule self-care into your calendar to ensure that you find time for it.
Be More Positive – Happy
Especially during the winter months when most places are dark and gloomy, it’s easy for individuals to lean towards negativity. However, being positive in the new year will not only improve your mood but will allow you to maintain better focus and motivation as you strive for the rest of your goals.
To help promote this positivity, try keeping a gratitude journal and writing down what you’re thankful for each day or recite a positive mantra in the morning to get your day started on the right foot. To get you in the right mindset, try Happy. This blend of fennel, thyme, and vanilla is designed to promote joy and kindness.
Go On More Dates – Sexy
If you feel like 2018 has come and gone without you really putting yourself out there, maybe 2019 is the year when you want to change that. If you need a little extra push, try Sexy for boosting your confidence.
Learn a New Skill or Hobby – Vibrant
If you have some extra time on your hands or are just looking for something to take your mind off of school or work, then learning a new skill or hobby might be on your list of resolutions for this coming year. Luckily, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to picking up a hobby that you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
Some popular ones include volunteering, yoga, dancing, reading, meditation, photography, running, or calligraphy.5 To keep yourself energized in your new endeavors, use Vibrant. This mix of lemon, ginger, and spearmint is sure to provide you with the energy and inspiration you need to try something new in 2019.
Read More Books – Relieve
After high school or college, many people fall out of the habit of reading books. However, it can be a great way to relax, learn some new information, or simply keep yourself occupied. Whether you opt for teen fiction, classics, or biographies, getting into the habit of reading is sure to provide you with some relief at the end of the day.
Spend More Time Outdoors – Forest
Racing between home, the office, and your local coffee shop don’t really leave much time that you can spend outdoors taking in the sights, sounds, and scents of nature. However, the aromatic compounds found in clean, natural air are very important for human health and well-being. Additionally, nature can be relaxing for many individuals, which is why this resolution is quite a popular one.
Whether you’re looking to complement your outdoor experience or you’re looking for motivation to go to the nearest forest preserve, Forest is the diffuser for you. Featuring black spruce, douglas fir, and sandalwood, this blend brings with it the natural peace of the outdoors.
Travel More – Ocean
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or are just looking for some time away this year, this resolution continues to be a popular one, with about 24 percent of individuals in the United States adding it to their lists.6
For many, this plan to travel will include at least a few days of a beach vacation to relax and unwind. While you’re waiting for that magical week off where you’ll get to relax at the beach, try Ocean to experience the scents of the beach from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you’re looking to enhance your relaxation when you’re actually on vacation, this blend of eucalyptus, lime, and tangerine can help you with that as well.
Live in the Moment – Mountain
With the hustle and bustle of a life filled with pinging notifications and long to-do lists, it’s easy to get caught up in the future while forgetting to live in the moment. This resolution is an especially important one because it’s not exclusive to this coming year: it’s important for the rest of your life. However, it’s much easier said than done.
In addition to practicing self-care or trying mindfulness meditation, try Mountain when thoughts of the future begin pulling you away from the moment. This mix of juniper leaf, peppermint, and scotch pine will help ground you while boosting energy for future endeavors.
No matter what your resolutions are, try making this the year that you achieve them. It’s easy to put off your list of resolutions for next year, but the future you will thank you if you don’t. And, if you’d like some extra help getting through those resolutions, try enhancing your success with one of the MONQ blends listed above. Happy New Year!
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