January 1st is a great day to leave those bad habits behind and start fresh with our 25 Healthy Habits For The New Year.
- Put down your phone: This is one I could definitely work on, make people your top priority, not your phone.
- Eat healthy: If you eat healthy there should be no reason to diet. Remember healthy foods not diet foods. Think of the 80/20 rule.
- Doctor appointments: Don't skip your annual appointments, including, but not limited to yearly physicals, gyno, mental, and dentist appointments.
- Water intake: Drink the recommended daily water intake. It helps if you add a little lemon or fill up water bottles at night or in the morning. I know a fun water bottle always helps me increase my water intake.
- Exercise: Make it a habit and priority. That doesn't mean you need to take a few hours out of everyday to do it, start at 30 mins a few times a week and work your way up.
- Don't just buy to buy: Make sure whatever you buy you love with no hesitation. Then you will have no problem spending the extra $20 on something you love other than a few things you just like that are going to take up space.
- Family: Remember they should be a top priority in your life. Don't let work and your daily life get in the way of that. Take your wife/husband out and spend quality time with the kids.
- Change jar: Have a change jar laying around your house for those loose coins in your purse or pocket and turn them in a year or two for some unexpected cash in your pocket.
- Cut back on alcohol and sugar: You'll notice a difference in your sleep, health, and money.
- Sleep: Make sure you get enough sleep! I am a night owl trying to go to bed earlier myself. I have so much more energy in the morning when I do.
- If you're sick, take a sick day: Don't beat yourself up over taking a day off, we all need our rest especially if you're feeling under the weather. Listen to your body.
- Read/Research: I don't enjoy reading myself, but I do enjoy researching. Find something you love that will keep you inspired and learning.
- Clean: Choose a few things a week to clean. Working and living in a clean environment will help keep you focused.
- Pets: Don't leave them hanging, take your dog for a walk or play with your pets, they will love it.
- Destress: Do something relaxing for yourself every once in awhile, get a massage or a pedicure or watch that movie you've been wanting to see. Even if it's just doing a home foot soak, you deserve it.
- Don't forget to laugh: People are funny, things are funny, laugh. It will make you feel good. I dropped a carton of eggs out of the fridge the other day and it was a mess but all I could do was laugh (well, and clean).
- Get outside: Breathe that fresh air, go for a walk, ride a bike, go for a swim, fresh air is good for you.
- Friends: Focus on friends that will keep you positive, it's easier to drag someone down than it is to bring somebody up.
- Essential oils: Learn about the various uses of essential oils, the everyday health benefits, and how to incorporate them into your life. There are so many different informative books to help you get started. My favorite is Essential Oils: Natural Remedies.
- Organize: Whether it's your house or yourself, Grab a planner and stick to it or start organizing those counter tops, drawers, and closets. You will feel great when it's done.
- Volunteer: There are so many different organizations that could use you. Your children's school, a local food pantry, Salvation Army, etc. You don't need to put in long hours if you don't have the time, an hour here or there helps.
- Stop criticizing yourself: With magazines and the internet filled with beautiful, skinny, might I add computer edited people, it's easy to start comparing yourself, STOP. You are you for a reason and you are beautiful.
- Don't shop when you're hungry: I don't know how many times I've done this and ended up with junk food in my cart. If you shop when you're full you'll end up with a cart full of healthier choices.
- Listen to music: Make a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs, play your list in the car, shower, or while you're cleaning the house. It's a great way to destress.
- Make plans and stick to them: Make a date each week, coffee with your girlfriends, lunch with your hubby, movie with your kids and stick to it. It's easy to make plans but don't be the one that cancels last minute.
If you have any other Healthy Habits for the New Year you'd like to share, tell us about them in the comments below.
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