If you’re one of the 60 percent who makes New Year’s resolutions each year, chances are you want to get healthier and happier in 2019. From starting yoga to cutting out refined sugar, you’ll seek out all kinds of ways to improve your health and well-being. Read on for some of the top ways to give your life a boost in the new year!
You can decide to become a new person anytime, not just at New Years. Step into it w/a clear vision of who you want to be & exactly how to be that person. The advice “fake it til you make it” actually works. It’s the best way to start a new habit. #newyearsresolutions #motivation pic.twitter.com/QdzFewHBym
— Megan Aronson (@MeganAronson) January 6, 2019
At the top of the list again this year, 59 percent of us commit to exercising more in 2019. Go to any gym in America in January, and you’ll see the place is packed. But how do you stick with it? Studies show that the best way to predict that is how much you enjoy whatever exercise it is you do. Make finding a form of exercise you love your mission. Don’t just tolerate it or tough it out. Find an activity you adore.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Wading through the sheer number of conflicting diet claims and food trends these days is enough to make some of us reach for a Snickers bar! In reality, you’re more apt to succeed in your health or weight-loss goals if you keep it simple. Do your best to cut out refined sugar, avoid processed foods, and seek out nutrient-dense whole foods while using portion control. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by doing meal prep. Whether you’re a vegan or couldn’t imagine giving up meat, explore all the helpful meal prep plans on YouTube for inspiration. This is one great way to eat well, save money, reduce stress, and even lose weight if that is your goal.
Statistics show that saving money is right up there with exercise and diet when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. According to Larry Kubiak, Ph.D., director of psychological services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the more detailed you can be, the easier it will be to stay focused and succeed. For example, rather than saying, “I want to save money in 2019,” say, “I’m going to save $30 a week by eating out one fewer time.”
…rather than saying, “I want to save money in 2019,” say, “I’m going to save $30 a week by eating out one fewer time.”
Tend to an Often-Overlooked Health Goal
Because your mouth is a primary entryway into your body, your dental health affects your whole body. But how many of us put “dental health” on our list of New Year’s resolutions? The fact remains that when you neglect your oral hygiene along with regular dental checkups, you’re at risk for not only bad breath, bleeding gums, and achy teeth, but some very serious consequences, such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Oral cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
Only you know what’s holding you back from getting the dental care you need, but make 2019 the year you make it your priority. Whether you need to change dentists or get a different insurance plan, do whatever it takes to check this off your list.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
Nothing gives that feeling of a fresh start better than having a clean, organized house. Real Simple magazine went to professional organizer Jeffrey Phillip for some New Year’s advice. He considers the kitchen to be the most cluttered room in people’s homes. One of his sanity-saving tips for cleaning it is to start with an area that will give you a quick win, like your utensil drawer. When you approach cleaning this way, you build the momentum to continue to every drawer and cupboard in your kitchen. Don’t stop until you’ve cleared and cleaned every room in your house, and then commit to the old adage of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
Don’t hesitate too long.
Don’t love too late.
Don’t expect too much.
Don’t appreciate too little.
Don’t give up too soon.#NewYearsResolutions
— Daniel Goddard (@DanielGoddard) January 7, 2019
No matter what your goals for 2019 are, have a plan. The best way to achieve whatever you set out to do is to be specific and use SMART goals. Write them down. Share them with your friends. And don’t forget to reward yourself along the way! So you’ve meditated every day for one month? Treat yourself to a beautiful meditation cushion or indulgent bath oils. Before long, your new habits will become routine for you, and you will be well on your way to having the best year of your life.
There you have it, some straight forward tips and resources to make 2019 your year! We would love to hear what else you have added to your new year’s resolution list and how you plan on conquering them. Leave your thoughts and comments below. Happy 2019! ??