New Year’s resolutions—we’ve all been there, and we’re likely a touch weary about making them. It’s so easy to make a great list and dive full force into those goals for the first couple weeks of January. If you’re like me, however, you may soon realize that you just don’t have the time to keep up with all these—failing to hit these goals can also cause our morale to take a hit. The thing is, I’ve realized over time that I don’t have to buy that infamous January gym membership to start living a healthier life. It’s for this reason that I’ve come up with manageable New Year’s resolutions to improve your health.
1. Standardize Your Bedtime
Between kids, work, and social activities, who has time to sleep anymore? Neglecting to carve out enough time to get our beauty rest will affect us physically and mentally. We need to prioritize getting the rest we need to efficiently carry out our day-to-day activities. If it’s possible, do your best to go to bed at the same time every day. Doing this will help regulate your schedule and improve the quality of your sleep.
2. Improve Your Diet
You don’t have to start some sort of crash diet with fasts and cleanses, but you can certainly take the steps to improve your eating habits. I’ve found that even the slightest adjustments can make a huge difference! Our diet can hugely affect how each part of our body functions, including things such as our skin’s appearance and our bladder health.
3. Walk More
To reiterate my earlier statement, you don’t have to invest in an expensive gym membership to stay in shape. It doesn’t take much effort to walk more, and it can make a huge difference! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stand up every hour or two at work to take a lap around the building. There are so many smart watches on the market that will allow you to keep track of your progress.
4. Less Screen Time
If I’m completely honest, I get antsy when I hear my phone ding and can’t pick it up right away. When we stop and think about it, just how much anxiety do these little devices cause us on a daily basis? The constant dinging and urge to pick up our phone to snapchat our entire life gets tiring! Sometimes—especially before bed—we need to just turn off our phone. Concentrate on a book or something else you find calming.
5. Focus on Wellness
No matter how busy life gets, don’t forget to care for you. I find it so easy to forget my own needs among the hustle and bustle of other activities, and I have to stop and remind myself that I matter just as much as everything else in my life. Take time to decompress and do what makes you happy, be it walking through a store or taking a bit of time at the spa. You’re important, and you’ll find that dedicating some time to focus on your own needs will do you worlds of good in the long run.