We love how New Year’s resolutions are always set with a bright and determined outlook, but why not think of your resolutions this year as permanent lifestyle changes, rather than spontaneous and temporary goals?
Because many of us often fall into the trap of not getting to our resolutions in the way we had originally hoped with all our renewed New-Year’s vigor, we say, we want lasting change now! Make a few simple “reformed resolutions” now to improve your entire outlook on life, and you’ll find that you’ll take joy and even more commitment in setting—and achieving—even loftier, more leisurely goals. Take care of your health and happiness and everything else will follow.
Here are five steps to becoming a healthier, happier and very best you:
Making a commitment to move more will not only benefit your health and body weight, it will also boost your spirits. If you don’t exercise at all now, just start by taking 15-30 minutes a day to walk, jog, work with light weights, do some yoga or even just some simple stretches. You’ll find that as time goes on, you’ll want to move more and more, and you’ll be in a great mood about it!
2. Eat Better
From food recalls to new research and food movements, many of us have become more aware of what we eat. Whether it’s cutting something out of your diet, or adding something in, eating more healthfully and more consciously can be done easily and enjoyably. Start simple with actions like being aware of hydrating every day and adding another piece of fruit to your daily routine. If you want to focus on eating more consciously or sustainably, start buying your produce from the local farmer’s market, and you’ll not only be eating according to season, but you’ll also be eating better quality food and supporting your local community.
3. Embrace Your Talents and Passions
We all have hobbies and things that pique our interest, things that make us happy. But how much time do you really give to these things, whether it be golfing, spa-ing, knitting or crafting? Make a commitment to spend some time doing the things you love. If you’re the productive type, find a new way to put your talent and passion to use – find a local golf group to join, look for spa events to check out or open an Etsy shop. Indulge a little in the things you love, and you’ll not only be enriching your life, but the lives of others as well.
4. Be Grateful
It’s easy to focus on the negative (which is what New Year’s resolutions seem to revolve around), but try to look at the positive in your life and take time to acknowledge and be thankful for it. Maybe your goal is to have a four-pack by summer for that sunny vacation you have planned, but maybe you’re also eating really well and exercising regularly, too – don’t forget to recognize the good things you are doing and be happy that you are able to do them. For those who find optimism difficult, start by writing down one thing that made you happy or thankful for that day before you go to bed.
5. Surround Yourself
Your surroundings are just as influential in your health and happiness as what is going on within you. Be conscious to make sure positive and supportive people and things surround you every day.