With the New Year quickly approaching, we are all thinking of ways that we can better ourselves and start the next year out on the right foot. Everyone is making promises to be healthier, happier, or more financially stable in the fresh new year. But there are plenty of ways to start the New Year out on the right foot, with just minutes every day. Those minutes add up, and you’ll start to see changes that you’ll love. Plus, with changes that are so simple to make, you won’t feel that oh so common sense of overwhelming dread either!
Ditch the soda in favor of water in the New Year – This is a simple change that can make ALL the difference in how you feel overall. Pick up a reusable bottle, and you’ll also be helping to do your part in order to help out the environment. Keep the bottle full of water and sip all day. You’ll feel better and, without all the extra sugar, your waist will thank you as well. Plus, you can save some cash on soda or other sugary drinks. More water can also help to control appetite and also help to keep your skin healthy. It’s a win-win situation all around.
Commit to a sleep schedule – We all know someone who runs on just about zero hours of sleep a night, and while that might work for a select few, we can all use more sleep. Set a time to wind down, put your phone and electronics on silent for the night, and get the rest that you truly need. Avoiding tech a few hours before bed can also help to quiet the mind. Plus, this is a great time to disconnect and relax. Who doesn’t want to get more sleep?
Schedule more time for yourself – With the holidays, we are all running about, trying to get everything done for everyone on the list, with little worry for ourselves. However, scheduling out a little me time in the New Year can help to keep you feeling refreshed, and on top of your work. Even an hour with a book here or there, or another activity that you love, can help to keep those burnt out feelings at bay and keep you at your best.
Communicate more openly with loved ones – This one is a big one for so many of us. Stress and misunderstanding can sprout from lack of communication, in both our relationships and also our work commitments. Making a point to communicate more openly can help to cut down on that unneeded stress and help to make yourself clearer in the New Year as well. It may be a challenge for some, but it will help to eliminate miscommunications and unneeded extra stress.
Take time to eat fresh foods – When you eat food that isn’t good for you, you feel it. Taking the time to pack lunch for work or cooking a meal ahead can make all the difference when it comes to health. Committing to a few more home cooked meals a week can help you to get more whole foods into your diet and boost up your overall health as well. Know you’ll be busy on certain days next week? Prepare a meal ahead of time, and you’ll come home to a meal you are excited to eat.
No matter what your goals are for the New Year, they are well within reach! A little change here and there can make all the difference, without the added stress. Small steps can lead to you achieving your larger goals, and with lifestyle changes like the 5 above, you’ll certainly be feeling better for the New Year.