A New Year, A New You – 6 Tips for Improving Your Life

Each January 1st when you make New Year’s resolutions, you are determined to carry out the change longer than you had for any previous year. Your goal is to change in a way that betters your life, and you know that this year is the year you will succeed!

While it’s only a few days since you made that list, how are your resolutions coming along? Are you still on track with them, or have you already broken some of them? If so then you aren’t alone. Some people barely finish the list before their bad habits have already found ways to sneak back into their lives.

Maybe you aren’t the type to make resolutions, and reading this makes you wish that you had. You might feel like it’s time to make some positive changes in your life. Molding your life into something that’s a healthier alternative to what you are used to living can have positive results on both your physical and emotional well-being.

  • Eat breakfast every morning. It may seem like something you hear all the time, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It provides you with the nutrients that you need to kick-start your day. And needless to say, a donut will not provide you with the nutrients needed!
  • Get enough rest. Sleep is vital to the human body. Everyone needs sleep, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that we also need rest and downtime. Maybe there’s a good book you’ve been putting off reading. Or there could be a movie that you’re dying to see. Nobody is going to begrudge you an afternoon dedicated to you once in a while.
  • Improve your diet. Even if you didn’t have a resolution about weight loss, improving your diet can help improve your energy, concentration, and overall well-being. A well-balanced diet not only has essentials like vitamins and omega 3s, but it also includes drinking enough water every day, too.
  • Brush and floss. It may seem like a small task, but proper dental hygiene is a a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Plague seeps from your teeth into your blood stream and causes obvious problems like gum disease as well as less obvious ones like diabetes, arthritis, and even dementia.
  • Get a hobby. When you go out and do something you that love then all of your worries fade away during that time. A hobby provides a great distraction from things like work or family problems. Hobbies don’t have to spend a lot of money, either. For example taking your dog for a walk every night after dinner is an inexpensive hobby that promotes better health for both of you!
  • Forgive someone. It might be a difficult task, but forgiving someone and really meaning it has a cleansing effect on your mental health. You will feel relieved to have the stress of the situation behind you, which allows you to move forward with a healthier, more positive attitude in 2013.

American film actor Robert Redford once said, “Health food may be good for the conscience, but Oreos taste a lot better!” Just because you make a resolution doesn’t mean you can’t ever do that thing again. It’s entirely possible to cheat a little on your resolutions and still lead a healthy lifestyle, but with everything it has to be in moderation.

For example if you resolve to give up soda but then find yourself craving carbonated drinks, maybe you could edit your resolution so that you only have 1 glass of soda as a treat while dining in restaurants. After you’ve drained that first glass, switch to water or unsweetened tea flavored with lemon so that you don’t fill up on empty calories.

Or if you vow to spend an hour working out in the gym every morning, then you might vary up your routine. Instead of spending the full hour on a hardcore workout, leisurely walk some laps in the pool or try your hand at some yoga or Pilates. The important thing is that you stick with your goals so that you aren’t making the same resolutions again for 2014!

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