2016 is hardly a week old, and with the holidays behind us, it’s typical to get into thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you like to make resolutions or not, it’s almost impossible to avoid the mindset of “new year, new you.” Once January rolls around, it seems like every other commercial has to do with eating better, working out, and saving money. Hey, it’s natural to think about self-improvement when it’s all around you!
That said, there’s a number of reasons that I try to avoid making “resolutions” at this time of year. First, there’s a lot of pressure and negativity around the longevity of starting a new diet or exercise program in January. It can be pretty tough to make a change when there’s a stigma (and facts to back it up) that most people don’t stick with their New Year’s Resolutions. Second, it’s January. I don’t know about you, but I’m much more likely to start a new exercise plan when it’s warm enough to play outdoor sports and bright enough to go for a walk after dinner. I also get more inspired to eat healthy food when I can go to the Farmer’s Market and embrace local produce. If you already have habits like working out and eating well, it’s much easier to keep up with them in the winter than for someone just starting out because they feel like they “have to.”
When it comes to making changes to my life, I make the changes when the time feels right to me. I had been unhappy with my subtle weight gain that started after college, but it wasn’t until May 2015 that I finally chose to make the proper changes to my diet that would allow me to shed some of the unwanted pounds. It had absolutely nothing to do with the time of year and just felt right to me at the time. It also helped that no one was watching and waiting for me to fail.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t think about ways to improve my life and overall health at this time of year, too. I just try to use this time as an opportunity to reassess some of my broader goals. Even though I don’t like to formally make New Year’s Resolutions, I do think it’s a good time to remind ourselves of some general habits that lead to living a better, healthier life. I’m talking the types of tips that are so general, I’d hardly call them “resolutions.” These are things I keep in mind all year, and you should too!
Scroll down to read my 3 tips to help you live better:
THREE TIPS TO HELP YOU LIVE BETTER:
ONE. DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
There’s a reason we’re told “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It’s good for your body and your metabolism to get some calories (aka – energy) into your body when you wake up. It helps to wake you up, even before that first sip of coffee.
Hint – find a breakfast idea that you really love!
I literally eat the same thing every single day for breakfast and as boring as that sounds, I always look forward to eating it! I eat Greek yogurt, cereal or granola and fresh fruit. It’s delicious, nutritious and (usually) helps motivate me to get out of my warm bed.
TWO. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
I know as well as anyone does that when things get busy, it can be very hard to get enough sleep. Even though it’s easy to forget, I try to remind myself how good my bed feels, and all of the benefits of getting enough sleep. Sleep helps improve your skin, keeps you feeling more energized and aware during the day, and even helps your immune system.
hint – some people recommend that you unplug completely before you go to sleep.
Yes, it’s definitely better to put your phone away before you go to sleep, but I find that if I have trouble sleeping, I just play a couple of rounds of Candy Crush and I’m out like a light. That said, I do try to stay off social media, because it makes my mind race too much.
THREE. DRINK MORE WATER
This is such an obvious tip, but I’m always forgetting to drink water throughout the day. I don’t know why it’s so hard to remember! Staying hydrated is important for how you feel during the day, and like sleep, helps to keep your skin looking it’s best.
hint – get yourself excited to drink water!
Use a fun straw, or add some sliced lemon to your water. I also like to use pretty water bottles….especially when they’re branded, since that makes them more fun and special.
Do you set New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Tell me about it in the comments!