- Resolve To Drink More Water and Less Caffeine
Staying hydrated sounds simple enough, right? But most of us are chronically dehydrated. And chugging caffeinated beverages doesn’t help.
Resolve to drink more water. Purchase a good water filtering system and a solid reusable container that you can carry with you. Your kidneys and lymph nodes need to filter daily. By buying your own home filtering system, you are contributing less to cluttered waste for the earth.
It may seem like a small goal, but staying hydrated can have drastic positive effects on your overall health, from more energy to better skin to increased productivity at work.
Swapping that pre-meeting cup of java for some H2O may boost your energy and improve focus instead!
- Sleep Better
Lack of sleep is often the underlying cause of many of our health issues, including stress and anxiety, weight gain and low immunity. But sticking to a rigid sleep schedule can be tricky, especially after the holidays when we’re all recovering from disrupted bedtime routines. So in the New Year, we can vow to start small.
Getting black out curtains or masking any light with electrical tape are all good starts. We may also want to consider eliminating screens from our bedrooms, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol before bed, and aiming to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
- Practice Mindful Eating
Just because I’m not looking to lose weight doesn’t mean I’m ruling out ways to improve my diet and habits around food. Eating mindfully can mean stopping the habit of digging into a bag of chips in front of the TV or eating lunch at my desk.
It involves slowing down while we eat and paying attention to our body’s appetite, hunger and fullness signals. One of the primary focuses of mindful eating is to help us learn how to feed ourself when we are hungry, and stop when you are full.
Ask these questions when you are choosing what you might want to eat: What does my body need to be nourished? What am I craving? Will I enjoy eating it? How will my body feel after I eat it?
- Pay Down Debts
With the vast majority of us living paycheck to paycheck, many of us can benefit from dedicating more effort into dealing with our finances, which undoubtedly add stress to our lives that can affect our health and happiness. (In fact, 65 percent of Americans lose sleep over financial stress.)
We’ve all heard it’s good to pay more than the minimum on credit card and auto loan debt, but we don’t always think of paying extra on our mortgages, and we’re missing out on the bigger savings.