New Habits for the New Year
There is no better time than the start of a new year to make healthy lifestyle changes
. Many vow to hit to the gym or to lose those extra holiday pounds, but even simple, small goals can lead to a great start of the year. Don’t set unrealistic goals- losing 20 pounds in a couple months is not likely realistic and you are likely going to only feel worse if you don’t meet your goal. Instead think about making attainable goals to incorporate into your everyday life.
Make it a habit at bedtime to think about all the things you are thankful for. This will make you appreciate what you already have instead of reeling over what’s missing in your life.
Make it a goal to get outside! Fresh air and exercise are the best ways to rejuvenate your body and mind. Take a short walk outside every day, even if it’s just around the block- or take the stairs instead of the elevator. These small choices can make a big difference in your life.
Make playlists of songs for every mood. Online music sites like Spotify allow you to create your own personal playlists of music. The right music can make a big difference in your mood. Needing a pick-me-up? Create a list of songs that get you going. Feeling sentimental or needing to relax? Create of list of your favorite calming tunes.
Meditate. We’ve heard it a thousand times yet we still don’t make time for it. Taking even ten minutes out of your day to meditate can reset your mood and make you more in tune with your body.
See a doctor. A new year is a great time to do that yearly checkup to make sure you are healthy. Talk to your doctor about any issues you are having and make sure everything is operating as it should be. A simple thing like an underactive thyroid may be what’s causing you to feel so tired. Addressing those issues will make you feel better and give you peace of mind about your health.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until the new year to make these changes. The sooner you start the better you will feel.