How To Start The Year Off With A Bang
There is a lot of pressure that comes along with ringing in the New Year. We often lose sight of the little things we can do to be happier and healthier because we are so focused on the big “resolutions”, some of which are actually detrimental to our global health. Here are five simple steps you can follow to ensure that you start the New Year off with a bang. Which one will you try?
Drink lots of water
Water has so many benefits for our health. Our skin, energy levels, and digestive functions are all better regulated when we are hydrated. In addition, drinking water prevents headaches and muscle cramps, promotes weight management, and flushes out any toxins that have accumulated in our systems. Water is not always our first drink of choice, but try carrying around a water bottle with you, and get into the habit of reaching for the bottle (instead of that cup of coffee!) when you are thirsty. Your body will thank you for it.
Create action plans for your goals and resolutions
I prefer goals over resolutions, but regardless, both need to be accompanied by action plans. It is not enough to simply say: “I will workout more in 2019”. How will you do so? What steps do you need to take to accomplish that goal? Will you join a gym, or walk and run outside? Will you exercise in the morning, or after work in the evening? Be as specific as you can, and break your goal down into manageable steps.
Have you heard of SMART goals? The same principle applies with resolutions.
Realistic (or relevant)
By keeping the SMART goal principle in mind, re-formulate your goals and resolutions (if necessary), and include the specific details you need to properly catapult yourself to success.
Get crafty and make a vision board
Putting our dreams on paper is a surefire way to remain focused on what our heart desires. Gather a board and a stack of old magazines and craft away by pulling out any text or image that is inline with your vision for 2019. You don’t have to be artistically talented to make a vision board - the magic is really in the process. Hang your vision board where you will see it frequently so that you are constantly reminded of what your goals are, especially when things get tough.
Do a deep clean of your living space
I’m someone who believes that we should do a deep clean at least once per season, and winter is no exception. I recently gave my apartment a good cleaning - I vacuumed, dusted, mopped, and organized my closets, and it feels amazing. We always talk about “fresh starts” in the New Year, and I personally think that a clean living space provides us with the same kind of mental clarity. Although deep cleaning may not be the most enjoyable way to spend your weekend, I promise you you will reap the benefits of a fresh, clean space.
Get moving (even though it’s cold!)
Winter can be difficult because of the cold temperatures. We are often tempted to stay indoors where it is warm, but let me tell you, it doesn’t take long to get cabin fever. Despite the cold, it is crucial to get out and get moving. Whether you workout indoors at a gym, or prefer to go for a brisk walk outdoors, it is incredibly important to keep your body moving in the winter (even though it may be a bit more of a struggle).
There you have it! Which healthy habit will you try first? Let’s make 2019 a great year!