It’s the beginning of the year and that probably means you are trying to overhaul your lifestyle and get healthy and organized. While we all might have the best of intentions, the truth is that most New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside before February even arrives. If you’re committed to making some changes and getting this year off to the right start, use these easy tips to help you stay on track and achieve success all year long.
1. Sleep More This Year
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that getting more sleep is easier said than done. There’s always so much that needs your attention and getting to bed early often takes a back burner. This is the year to change that. Lack of sleep can interfere with good overall health. To help you get to bed sooner, stick to a schedule. You might need to delegate or let some things go for the sake of your slumber, but you’ll be so glad you did.
2. Health Experts Say to Eat More Fish
The American Heart Association encourages people to eat at least two servings of fish each week. That’s because fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for proper brain and heart health. Salmon and trout are particularly great choices. Serve fish baked, grilled or steamed to keep fat and calorie intake under control.
3. Drink More Green Smoothies
Green smoothies combine good-for-you fruits with leafy greens, thereby boosting the nutrient content and giving your smoothie a fun color. Try adding spinach or kale to a smoothie with kiwi, bananas and apples. The sweetness of the fruit balances the bitterness of the greens and gives you a smoothie that will fill you up and that you can feel great about drinking.
4. Let Yourself Spend Some Time Being Bored
In this day and age, the common theme is go, go, go. This isn’t good for your body, mind or soul and experts are saying this is the year to let go and schedule some downtime. Being bored is sort of like meditation. Give yourself some time each day to just sit in a comfy chair and be. You’ll find that you look forward to this more than anything else in your day.
5. Go outside Every Single Day
Not just as you dash from the car to the office or vice versa. Studies show that spending time outside in nature is good for your mental health, which can improve your mood and self-esteem. Make it a habit to take a quick walk at noon or play out in the backyard with the kids in the mornings. Even when it’s cold, getting outside is great for you so make sure it becomes a natural part of your year.
6. Download an anti-Anxiety App
Technology is the way to go these days and there’s no getting around that. Use it to your advantage by downloading an app that can help you control your anxiety and destress, no matter what’s going on in your life. Knowing you can turn to your smartphone when the day gets hectic is a great way to use the device for more than just updating your Facebook status.
7. Buy the Gear You Need to Get Healthy
Because we all have different health goals, the items you need to get there might differ from the next person. Chances are you’ll be filing your taxes soon and getting back a refund, so budget that cash to gear up for good health. Maybe that means a new set of kettlebells or a home juicing machine. Whatever it is, once you have the gear, the chances that you’ll meet your goals goes up.
8. Eat an Apple a Day
There's a reason why "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apples are low in calories, but high in fiber. This magical combination helps you fill your belly for extended amounts of time without overdoing it on calories. Studies also show that apples improve fat burning. In addition to apples, be sure to eat other healthy, fiber rich fruits and vegetables to help you stay at a healthy weight and promote good overall health.
9. Be Optimistic
Research proves that having a glass half full attitude is better for your health and well-being. When you stay optimistic, you're more likely to notice and be open to new opportunities and possibilities in your life. To do this, make time each day to do the things you love. It might be playing with your dog, having dinner with your kids or reading a novel before bed. Whatever it is, spending time being happy is a self-fulfilling prophesy, which will translate to every area of your life.
10. Get a Massage
As if you needed a reason to get a massage, right? Massage is a great way to reduce your stress levels, but it may also have other health benefits. Experts say that a massage can relieve anxiety, control chronic pain, lower your blood pressure and boost cognition. If you don't have time for a full 60-minute massage, even a 10-minute session has mega benefits. Book a regular massage and this will be your best year yet.
What are your health goals in the upcoming year? What habits will you be implementing to get you there?