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New Year’s Resolutions 2023: Some realistic and unconventional goals for you to consider

Although time is a social construct and it’s unlikely that anything will magically change overnight for you or the world, the end of each year and the inevitable arrival of the next can be a good reminder to think about your habits and plan for some positive changes. Of course, no one (except your ex) is saying you need to change anything or that you should do it ASAP. And as adults, we know that what we want to do is not necessarily what we will do. But in life, there are many ways to lose yourself and find yourself again. Here are some ideas for 2023 New Year’s resolutions that will help you with the latter.

New Year’s resolutions 2023 – Stay the same

New Year's resolutions 2023 - Some realistic and unconventional goals to think about

The start of the new year may make you feel like you should drastically change or improve your life. But what if you like your life the way it is, at least for now? Don’t let the holidays make you question things you know you’re happy with. It’s okay if you like staying home. And it’s also okay if you like to get drunk on the weekends. If everything is going well, acknowledge that and continue to be who you are.

Start caring about something

There’s a lot going on in the world and a lot of things are constantly changing. Some of these things will prove important in five or 10 years, others will be a waste of time. Pick one thing and resolve to care about it, no matter how overwhelming or even hopeless it may feel at first. Maybe it’s the climate crisis, the economy, local and international politics, or cryptocurrency. In any case, you will learn something new.

Stop worrying about anything

Many people carry around the burden of expectations, their own or others’, real or imagined. It would simply be better if they left them behind. Is it really that important to have the latest designer fashion if you can’t afford it? What good does it do you to worry about the number of likes for a post on social media? It doesn’t get you anything, in fact, it robs you. Of your time and of everything that is worth it and real. So stop obsessing and let it go.

New Year’s resolutions 2023 – Keep something just for yourself.

Keep something just for yourself in 2023 - a pristine beach or a favorite bar

The best things in life are shared with others, but there are also things you should keep for yourself, at least for a while. That secret bar that no one knows about? Enjoy a few drinks by yourself before inviting a group of friends. That great new restaurant? Let it become your secret spot for a while and share intimate encounters with just your loved one. The pristine beach? Leave it untouched.

Call your family only as often as you want to

Yes, you should spend more time with your family, but not if it means upsetting them. There’s nothing wrong with setting some boundaries so you appreciate them more and vice versa. Don’t wait until someone is sick to visit them, but don’t visit them either if it only puts you in a bad mood for a week.

Work as much or as little as you want (and can afford).

Work as much or as little as you want to (and can afford to)

Aside from the work you need to do to survive, it’s up to you to decide when to work harder and when to take it easy. Toxic productivity is one thing, and if it’s truly toxic, it should be avoided. But having a job you enjoy and getting ahead in your career is also something you should value.

New Year’s resolutions 2023 – Embrace bad moods.

No one is happy all the time. And even if someone was happy, it doesn’t mean you have to be. Feel your feelings and take as much time as you need to overcome negative emotions. Wanting them to not exist will only make things worse.

Learn to shake off situations

Learn to shake off situations


You have a right to feel the way you feel, but few people actively try to insult, offend or hurt you. So do what you have to do, just let it wash over you and don’t give it a second thought.

All the usual reminders about health.

We all know these things already, but we still need a reminder: drink more water, sleep better, exercise occasionally, get out in the sun, take vitamins, get a checkup.

New Year’s resolutions 2023 – Forgive a few people.

New Year's resolutions 2023 - Forgive a few people

There are reasons why we are angry and disappointed, but there are also reasons to forgive. Maybe it was a bad breakup or a friendship gone wrong. If you’ve learned your lesson and changed, forgiving someone can feel good for everyone involved.

Need some inspiration for your 2023 New Year’s wishes? Here are some that are always relevant and you can use to greet your friends, colleagues and family!