We’re into a new year now. Happy 2016! If you’re not the resolution type, that’s okay. You don’t have to make a huge change or go on a “diet” just because it became January. However, a new year does resemble a fresh start. You can make a few small changes slowly over the next year. These changes will dramatically improve your health and mood. Trust me, I know from experience. After a few months of small changes, I began to feel much better all around.
Purge Unused Clothing & Unwanted Items
Unused and undesirable items collect the negative energy you emit when looking at them. It’s true; it’s one of the main theories behind Feng Shui and other beliefs. From the way your furniture is placed to the color of your walls, everything is crucial. Purge clothing you won’t wear and items you don’t use to promote positive energy for the New Year. The extra space will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Make a Commitment to Exercise Regularly
Even if you’re not interested in going to the gym every single day, make it a point to be active for at least an hour. When we’re up and moving, we create positive energy in our bodies. Not only will it help keep you in shape, but it will also boost your mood. You don’t have to do anything rigorous if you’re just not into that lifestyle, but even going for a walk is good for you. Get up and do something for at least an hour. After a few weeks, you won’t be able to imagine your life any other way.
Choose Healthier Meals/ Eat Out Less Often
Don’t consider this a “diet”. Diets often fail because people have a mindset of “I can’t eat this, this, and this for the next four months”. Make yourself realize that you have to spend most of your life making good food choices. If you want to live a long, healthy life, you can’t eat garbage every single day. However, we’re only human and sometimes we need that cheesecake stacker from Checkers/Rallys. Sometimes you just want to go out for a burger and a beer. When you teach yourself that it’s a once-in-a-while treat, you end up eating healthier for the rest of your life. Plus, you’ll enjoy that burger more. I usually stick to a healthy meal plan for 5 weekdays. I give myself a little more freedom on the weekends, because that’s “me time”. As long as you eat right MOST of the time, you CAN have that candy bar. You CAN have pizza. You just can’t feed yourself food like that all the time. Once you accept this, making better choices will be easier.
Drink More Water
Most of us don’t get nearly enough water. Dehydration can take it’s toll in a variety of ways. From mood swings to nasuea, dehydration will get to you. Make sure you have several 8oz glasses of water each day. This is not a myth, it’s proven to help promote good moods, productivity, and weight loss.
Take The Right Vitamins
If you lack iron, vitamin D, or another crucial element, make sure you’re taking supplements to adjust. We need the right levels of amino acids and vitamins to maintain a healthy, happy life. Talk to your doctor to see which vitamins would be good for you to take. Everyone can benefit from fish oil and a daily multivitamin, so consider starting with those.
Take a Few Minutes for Some “You Time”
Earlier I mentioned that weekends are “me” time. It’s important that you give yourself time to relax and do the things you want to do. For one day (or both) allow yourself to live without the restrictions of schedules, diet, and work. Sundays work for me, but everyone is different. Pick a day that is YOUR day, and spend that time pleasing yourself and not others. For the most part, we care about our family, freinds, and job. So we spend our time making others happy. It’s important to be a little (emphasis on a little) selfish once in a while. You must care for yourself as you care for others.
Make Time for People
Similar to the point above, you have to find time for the people you care about. Too often we cancel or flake on plans because we’re busy, broke, or whatever. Love is an important part of life and without it, days have a little less color in them. Make a point to see the people who make you smile. Even if you just have a lazy movie night.
Take a Technology Break
Our phones and computers can stress us out like never before. They’re our metaphorical leashes. Yes you need them for an emergency, yes things are important. However, for a little while, the world will go on in your absence. Most things CAN wait. I usually put up a status that says “taking a technology break for a little while, I’m not ignoring anyone. I’ll respond tomorrow”. Most of the time people will respect that and I’ll have maybe, one message by the time I check my phone.