New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Health
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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Health

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A new year offers a new beginning and an opportunity to set an intention for the months to come. Many people forget about the goals they set by the end of January, and perhaps this is because they try to achieve unrealistic goals or don’t actually do anything to manifest the change they wanted to implement in their lives for the months to come.

Setting a huge goal is not always the best method as we often overlook the small steps it takes to actually get there. There are a number of small changes we can implement in our daily routines that will lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle in the long run with less stress along the way. The following are some new year’s resolution ideas that you can use as a guide for a happier and healthier 2019:

  1. Form a morning routine to kickstart your day in a healthy way
  2. Make it a habit to stretch, meditate, or read every morning before checking your electronics
  3. Hydrate more often, particularly first thing in the morning
  4. Incorporate more steps into your day, whether that means walking for 30 minutes a day, taking the stairs, or taking short breaks throughout your day
  5. Meal prep once a week or make time to prepare a few homemade meals throughout the week
  6. Clean out your pantry and toss out junk food and unhealthy snacks
  7. Prepare healthy snacks to take with you to work to help curb cravings and give your body nutritious energy
  8. On that note, practice mindful eating by focusing on your food rather than electronics or other distractions during meal times
  9. Try a new workout for a month, whether it’s yoga, running, swimming, and incorporate a buddy to participate with you and hold you accountable
  10. Practice self-care as often as possible by scheduling time to exercise, nap, get a massage, or have an at-home spa day
  11. Volunteer a few hours every month, which has proven mental health benefits
  12. Practice daily gratitude by writing down thoughts in a journal or thinking about what you are grateful for upon waking up and before bed
  13. Make an effort to maintain a healthy relationship with friends and loved ones and see them often
  14. Keep up with your regular doctor’s visits and checkups
  15. Exercise your creative health by practicing an activity you enjoy or trying something new and enjoy the mental benefits it brings
  16. Establish a sleeping schedule, go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day in order to regulate your circadian rhythm
  17. Form a night time routine and practice sleep hygiene, including cutting down on electronic use and stressful or strenuous activities before bed
  18. Turn your bedroom into a relaxing oasis where you can unwind and decompress after a day of work

Little by little, making small changes will form long-term habits with lasting impact. It doesn’t matter whether you’re implementing multiple changes or just one, as long as you are taking a step toward bettering your wellbeing for a happier and healthier you!