Tuesday has arrived with New Year's Day and people everywhere are ringing in 2013 with new resolutions.
The New Year is a good time to kick off a commitment to change, whether the reform may affect your personal or professional life. As a time for new beginnings, New Year's resolutions are often lifestyle changes than benefit the person making them.
While New Year's resolutions can vary, the most frequently made commitments include those surrounding health and personal life. This year, The Christian Post has compiled a list of the top 13 New Year's resolutions to consider in 2013.
1. Drink Less Alcohol
According to the USA.gov, the most popular New Year's resolution made by those participating each year involves abstaining from alcohol.
2. Quit Smoking
Similar to those resisting alcohol, smokers who are striving to improve their health often vow to quit using cigarettes on New Year's Day. In doing so, their chances of heart disease and many other ailments believed to be caused by smoking.
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3. Lose Weight
A very common New Year's resolution for people around the world includes weight. This could mean beginning to exercise or working out more often and changing your diet.
4. Eat Healthier
Eating habits directly affect health, and many people who aim to improve their well being first look toward their diet around New Year's.
5. Save Money
Often times the beginning of the year brings a renewed sense of responsibility and motivation that leads people to take their finances more seriously. According to USA.gov, managing debt is among the top goals of those making New Year's resolutions each year.
6. Improve Career
As 2013 gets its start on Tuesday, many people will look to their professional lives and make promises to advance. Making a specific plan to reach your career goals will bolster productivity and make you a better employee.
7. Plan a Trip
With the New Year in full swing, many are looking to their future and making plans to take the trip they have always wanted. Start by picking a place and then budget your expenses in order to cover travel costs and boarding.
A good way to spend spare time is while helping others, and New Year's resolutions often include aspirations to volunteer or donate more often. For information on volunteering, visit Volunteers of America.
9. Improve Education
The New Year can mark a time to take up a hobby or skill that you have an interest in, and even enroll in classes to further your education. Another way to improve your education could be achieved by committing to reading more often.
10. Make New Friends
Meeting new people is among the top goals of people who want to challenge themselves and learn more about others. The New Year marks a good time to join a book group or local sports team and build or expand your network.
11. Try Foreign Foods
Becoming more adventurous in 2013 would make a good New Year's resolution. This could mean sampling certain foods for the first time or learning how to cook a different meal.
12. Manage Stress
Preventing or managing stress can lead to many health benefits to those who suffer from anxiety or high-pressure jobs. By making small changes such as going to bed earlier or investing in aroma-therapeutic products, stress levels will likely see a decline.
For more ideas on how to manage stress, read about five daily activities you can do here.
13. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This year, minimizing waste and becoming conscious of the environment would make a great New Year's resolution.
In buying used goods or searching for products that use less packaging, you are able to prevent pollution, save energy, save money, and help sustain the environment for future generations, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on how to reduce waste, visit here.