The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to revisit goals and look for ways to make self improvements. There are a lot of reasons to seek self improvement, but the most important is simply to help you be a better person, and realize your full potential. Selecting goals and new year’s resolutions can be a daunting task, and can easily become overwhelming. Here are a few healthy habit ideas to implement in the new year.
Cook more; eat out less
Most new year’s resolutions revolve around being healthier, or losing weight. These are great goals and aspirations, but there’s more to it than just making sure you go to the gym three times a week. One of the biggest contributors to your weight loss, is making sure that you’re eating healthy. Most people eat out a lot more than they realize. Going out to eat for lunch during work, grabbing takeout for dinner on the way home, and treating yourself to a nice meal out with friends on the weekend; all of this starts to add up pretty quickly. Not only is it not very healthy, it’s also a pretty expensive habit to keep. A great habit to try to implement during the new year, is to spend less money on eating out. Don’t try cutting it out entirely, because that will make it considerably more difficult to maintain. Just cut it back, and give yourself a limit of how many times you can eat out in a week, or rather, how much money you can spend when you eat out.
Exercise is a pretty big part of any healthy lifestyle change. You should absolutely add a regular exercise regimen into your schedule, but your trip to the gym isn’t the only time you should work up a sweat and get your body moving. Having a healthy lifestyle requires an attitude change, and changes to many different areas of your life. Going to the gym a few times a week is a great start, but try to make sure that’s not the only time you get your heart rate up. When you go to work, park at the far end of the parking lot, so you have to walk farther. Or even better, go on a walk during your lunch break. Commit to taking your dog on a walk right when you get home from work every single day of the week. These small excursions will start to add up, and you’ll begin feeling fitter and better.
Improve your quality of sleep
How many times a week do you fall asleep with your phone screen inches away from your nose, the bright white light from your screen illuminating your face and leaving light imprints on your eyes? The answer should be no. If this is a habit you have, the new year is a great time to break it. Try having at least half an hour before bedtime be a screen-free time. Plug it in in a different room, and then wind down and relax. Having a bright light shining on your face as you’re falling asleep isn’t good for your eyes, your brain, or the rest of your body. Your body is used to the light around you getting darker gradually as the time to go to sleep draws nearer. By staring at your phone for hours before falling asleep, you’re confusing your body and making it harder for you to relax and fall asleep when it’s time to. Try and remove any and all distractions before bedtime, to improve the quality of your sleep. Another great way to start sleeping more soundly, is to set up a sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time, and wake up at the same time. Your body thrives when it’s on a schedule, and it helps you be more productive if you have a consistent sleep schedule. In addition to being on a great schedule, you’ll be able to plan your week and the tasks you need to accomplish much better because you’ll know when you’ll be waking up and going to sleep. And when you’re well rested, you’ll be able to be more productive, since you’ll be properly rested.