It’s officially 2018, y’all! I hope everyone brought in the new year with good company and better champagne. For so many of us, a new year means a new chapter and serves as the perfect opportunity to better ourselves. More often than not, this means doing something to change physically.

Don’t panic. I’m not pointing a finger because I’m right there with you. I love hopping on all the deals for workout classes and diving headfirst into the overly packed gyms. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to slay, okay! However, before the new year arrived, I made a promise to better myself as a whole, not just on the surface.

If you need inspo for your resolutions, here are five ideas that don’t require counting calories or excessive cardio:

Do some good

I think when it comes to giving back, people are often scared of overcommitting and letting others down when they can’t give as much time, energy or resources as they initially agreed to. However, volunteering or donating doesn’t have to consume your life. In fact, some organizations require as little as four hours each month to be considered an active volunteer. Research the causes you’re passionate about and find a way to give back that works with your budget and work schedule.

Live in the present

As ladies in our 20s, it’s pretty much impossible to not compare our lives to those of our colleagues, friends, people you follow on Instagram, etc. Your social media feeds are filled with engagements, baby announcements and people announcing their “big moves” across the country – but you know what? You are doing YOU, and there is nothing wrong with that. Make 2018 the year you focus on your life and your goals, your over-analytical mind will thank you.

Listen to your body

Your college days are over and it’s time to leave its habits behind, too. Gone are the back-to-back-to-back days of binge drinking cheap tequila through a bendy straw. This year, make it a goal to treat your body how it needs to be treated. Try getting to a solid eight hours of sleep to minimize your caffeine intake or cooking some greens instead of ordering take-out for the third night this week. Your body (and bank account) will thank you.

Try something new

Getting out of the 9-5 routine can be a challenge, so aim to branch out and try new things this year. This could be as simple as testing new lunch spots near your office or more adventurous like taking a weekend trip to a place you’ve never been. If you need ideas for this one, check out Lifehack’s list 30 Things You Need to Try at Least Once While You’re in Your 20s.

Enhance a skill (or learn a new one)

Take initiative in your professional life by learning new skills or expanding on one’s you already have. For example: strengthen your account/client management skills by offering to assist with new projects or earn an analytics certification so you can help complete quarterly reports. No matter what industry you’re in, there are various skills that can help you shine. You can get an idea of what skills can help you excel by reading this article from The Balance.

Are you ready to make 2018 your best year yet? Comment below to tell us what your New Year’s resolution is!

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I’m Alexis and I'm fluent in English and memes. When I'm not on the 9-5 grind as an account coordinator I usually think about working out, but end up at the nearest happy hour instead. I graduated with a degree in strategic communications and am always looking for ways to improve as a newly professional #millennial. Once I settle down, my goal is to establish a career that is flexible so I can double as foster mom for my local animal shelter. Until then, I'll be taking weekend trips and going the extra mile for a good Insta.