2016 is coming to an end and the new year is upon us. However, that doesn’t mean you need to jump on the “New Year, New You” bandwagon. What if you just tried a “New Year, Healthier & Happier You”? We’ve come up with four simple and realistic New Year resolutions to make 2017 your best year yet!
- DRINK MORE WATER
We all know we need to drink it but do we drink enough of it every day? The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking water flushes out toxins and keeps your body hydrated, resulting in healthy skin, a better mood, and less fatigue. Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you throughout the day and have a glass of water with every meal. See and feel the results in a short amount of time!
- READ MORE
“The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss
Think of the last time you voluntarily read a great book. In the spring of 2016 the Pew Research Center did a study on reading in America and found that 26% of Americans had not read a book in the last year. Reading can be an easy and inexpensive way to relax your thoughts and is mentally stimulating. Set a personal reading goal for yourself; you can plan to read one book per month or one book every week!
- GET MORE SLEEP
We’re sure you’ve heard this one before but how often do you get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep? Probably not often enough! Make the effort to get to sleep sooner. Unplug from the electronics an hour before you plan on going to bed. During that hour you can pick up the book you’ll be reading from resolution #2 and de-stress to help get a good night of sleep! Wake up feeling refreshed (with a glass of water at your bedside) and say goodbye to the fatigue of not getting enough Zzzz’s!
- BE MORE PRESENT
Technology has brought about some amazing ways to escape from reality, but let’s work on not getting too far gone in 2017. Put down the phones and step away from the television. Unplug from your devices and work on being more present with friends and family. Not only will it make them feel better that you are more mindful but you will feel better when you see the impact it can make on your relationships with others.
Keeping up with your resolutions can be tough so set realistic goals and cater them to you and not to what others are doing. Good luck with whatever your resolutions are and may 2017 bring you gifts of health and happiness! Happy New Year!