Happy New Year! With the new year here, members of a couple may make their own new years resolutions of things they want to change about themselves individually. The problem is, we all know resolutions don’t typically hold strong. Often they fall short because there’s no plan associated with them. Many can also be lacking accountability. Last year, I posed the question of what you can be doing MORE of in the new year. I encourage you to continue using the idea of MORE versus less or restrictions. As a couple, consider setting goals you can work on together to increase accountability and success. As we enter the new year, here’s 10 New Years Goals for Couples to make instead of resolutions that will benefit your health and wellness both individually and as a couple.
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10 New Years Goals for Couples
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Making an effort to cook more at home is the top goal I encourage couples to make this year. There are a ton of benefits to both your wallet and waistline when you make cooking your own meals a priority:
- More control over meals between ingredients and portion sizes
- You will save a ton of money making meals at home (even meals you make at home to bring to work)
- It’s a fun activity to do together on the weekends when you have time
Get more tips on how to get started Cooking More at Home here.
Learning some simple meal planning & prepping skills can go a long way with your goals when it come to cooking more at home, controlling calories, and saving money.
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Stop making resolutions and start setting solid goals. Check out these 10 New Years Goals for Couples
A few simple steps of planning, prepping, and cooking more at home can significantly help when it comes to cutting food costs.
Need more motivation to cut food costs? Save your receipts for a week and add up how much you’re spending a week on food (grocery shopping, takeout, restaurants). Then multiply by 4 for how much you’re spending a month. Then multiply THAT number by 12 to see how much you’re spending a year. If that’s not sobering and motivating to start cutting back on food spending, I don’t know what is.
Learn How to Cut Food Costs here.
It’s no secret that animal-based proteins can be higher in price point compared to plant-based proteins. And consuming more plant-based meals helps to increase sustainability of agriculture and help farmers to meet more demand. Plus, getting more fiber, nutrients, and plant sterols and stanols can help lower cholesterol, increase heart health, obtain more antioxidants, and manage weight.
Check out these Sunflower Meat Tacos for your next meat-free meal
How to Eat More Plant-Based Meals:
- Meatless Monday – it doesn’t have to be Monday or all day, but pick one day a week to eat less meat or have a meat-free meal.
- Blenditarian – use mushrooms, beans, pulses, or nuts in place of half the meat a in a recipe
- 1 Meat Meal a Day – aim to only have meat at one meal per day and experiment with swapping other sources of plant-based proteins at meals.
5. DEDICATE TIME TO BE ACTIVE TOGETHER
All that Netflix & Chilling you and your Significant Other may be doing can be having some negative impact on your relationship and health. All that sitting during binge watching is time you’re not moving. And watching shows and movies takes away conversation time. Aim to schedule time at least once a week to get out and about with your significant other to get active and get talking.
How to Be More Active Together:
- Dedicate one day/time slot a week to go for a walk together
- Go for a run, walk, or bike ride together or to a specific destination
- Check out different spots you can go hiking
- Check out your local park to walk, hike, and maybe even good around on the playground
- Have a family pet? Take the dog to the park to run around and play
- Take a class together at the gym or try out a new fitness studio
6. BE MORE PRESENT AT MEALTIMES
Meals are one of the few times in our day we can dedicate to be together. During this time, be more present and have more conversations with each other. Aim to eat all your meals together at a table and limit the distractions at mealtime:
- Eat at a table
- No TV during meals (and aim not to have one where you eat)
- Make mealtimes “Device-Free” time
- No loud music or soft instrumental music
- Avoid negative talk or stressful conversations – make mealtime positive time
Learn how to DITCH THE DISTRACTIONS AT MEALTIME.
7. DO MORE MEDITATION
The idea of meditation may sound weird, scary, or something only hippies do. But as a Corporate Wellness specialist, I can honestly say more and more companies want to offer on-site meditation to their employees to teach them more relaxation techniques. This can start at home by practicing together with your significant other. Taking a few moments to breath in silence can actually increase your connection with your partner by learning how to sync breathing together. Yes, believe it or not, meditation can even be considered a form of foreplay!
HOW TO START A MEDITATION PRACTICE
- Deep Breathing – simply close your eyes and take 3 big, deep breaths several times during the day. A great practice to do first thing in the morning and again before bed with your S.O.
- Meditation – from simply focusing on the breath, breathing exercises of holding and retaining breath, to guided meditation, there are tons of methods to give the brain a break
- Helpful Apps:
8. PLAN 1 DATE NIGHT A WEEK
Just because you may have a more serious relationship and aren’t in the “dating phase” anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still have date nights. In fact, the longer you’re in a relationship, the more important date nights become. Life gets busy and sometimes couples can become ships passing in the night – or at least passing out next to each other in bed at the end of the day. Dates are important to maintain a strong connection and time together.
- Set aside one night a week to get out
- Go to dinner, check out a concert, or even make plans to catch up with friends
- Can’t get out or trying to save money? Plan an at-home date night (but skip the TV!). Break out your nice china and glassware, set the table all fancy, and enjoy a romantic night in.
Read on for the Importance of Date Night.
9. DO SOMETHING NEW EACH MONTH
It’s easy for couples to fall into a rut. Get up, go to work during the week, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat. Weekends may involve chores, grocery shopping or meal prepping. Break this cycle by planning to do something new and difference each month. It can be checking out something local or maybe taking a much-needed vacation.
- Check out a local activity or hotspot
- Take a day trip to your nearest city
- Check out a play, sporting event, or concert
- Take a vacation, from a weekend getaway to a week or two away
10. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
As important as it is to spend time together, spending time APART is equally as important. Taking some time for self-care helps to maintain independence and give each other time to enjoy your own activities and interests. Plus, sometimes you just need time for yourself. It’s not selfish – it’s self care!
Learn how to take a MEkend for yourself!