Making healthy New Year resolutions on the first of January is easy. Actually seeing them through until the thirty-first of December is another thing altogether. To help you make resolutions you can actually keep, start thinking of these promises to yourself as more of developing a habit and less of a lifestyle change. Here are some simple ways for you to do just that.
Drinking more water is one of the easiest habits to take up in the New Year (once you get the hang of it, of course), and it also comes with some major health benefits. Not only will swapping a couple of cups of coffee or tea a day with water help you stay hydrated, but it will also make you feel more sated and reduce food cravings. A great side benefit when you’re just coming off the indulgent season of sugary baked goods and candy.
January is the perfect time of the year to plan how you’ll spend, and most importantly, save more money. Start recording how much money you earn on an average month and list down the essential items you need to pay for in order to live. Hint: a look at your recent bills and bank statements can show you how/where money comes in and goes out. It’s only when you understand your financial health that you can start actively building up a rainy day fund and putting money aside for traveling abroad, renovating your home, or even buying a new car.
Perhaps the best thing about making your bed every morning (besides creating a warm, cozy place to snuggle up at nighttime) is the sense of accomplishment you get from successfully completing such a simple task. For some people, that sense of pride can actually motivate you to do another task, and another, and another. And before you know it, you’ll have worked through your to-do list for that day. So maybe your parents were right after all when they told you to make your bed!
The third Friday in June may be the National Take Back the Lunch Break Day but why not make it an everyday ritual? When on the job, most workers tend to sacrifice their lunch for the sake of productivity, choosing to eat at their workspace if they remember to eat at all. But in reality, taking a proper lunch break presents opportunities for you to recharge. Your lunch break is not just about taking time to eat (hopefully healthily), it’s also about taking care of your mental health.
Turn on the do not disturb setting on your phone, take a walk to the nearest park, enjoy your veggies outdoors, and watch how much your after-lunch focus improves and reflects in your work performance.
This one is a two-fer: listening to audiobooks during workout sessions allows you to accomplish both your resolutions to read and exercise more. Whether you’re walking, stretching, cycling, running, doing yoga, or going to the gym, combining the movements of any physical activity with the sedentary nature of reading can go a long way in improving your mental and physical health. Go on and listen to that funny romance, and the StairMaster time will fly by.
With benefits like alleviating symptoms of stress and depression, purifying the air we breathe, and giving you an excuse to step away from your screens for a moment, becoming a plant owner is always a wonderful addition to any New Year resolution. Plus, if you see yourself as a “plant killer” because of one or several bad experiences in the past, you can always get any of these kill-proof plants to help you work on your green thumb.
Booking all your dental appointments at the start of the year means you’ve already done half of the work. All you have to do now is show up at your dentist’s office in Reading, MA. Your oral health professional will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque and stains, leaving you with a healthy mouth and dazzling smile.
So open your calendar app ( or your day planner) right now and schedule the two recommended annual dental checkups with us. It’s one of the best New Year resolutions you’ll make towards a healthy lifestyle!