5 Healthy Habits to Adopt in the New Year

It's a new year, and with it, we're all expected to make a new “us.” It's just three hundred and sixty-five days, but a year can mean so much more. It offers change, hope, and a chance to change your life for the better. Since it can be frustrating to have to figure out how to reinvent yourself when you're coming off the holidays, here are a few simple and healthy habits that take the thinking out of things.

1. Get Some Much Needed "Me Time"

Stress is running rampant these days! Nobody seems to have time, and it's challenging to focus on taking care of yourself when you are so busy taking care of the countless people around you. It's imperative to think about yourself, even though some people can feel guilty for doing it. You deserve to be happy and take some time to relax.

Treat yourself to some cupcake bath bombs, listen to an audiobook, and just let yourself relax for at least an hour a week. Think of it as an appointment you can't drop. If you can't sit still that long, there are also the options of hiking, playing video games, or even just letting yourself have a relaxing heavy nap one afternoon a week. Do what you need to feel happy and de-stress, because mental health is just as important as physical health.

2. Watch What You Put into Your Body

Just because junk food can be cheap and convenient doesn't mean what it's doing for your body is any good. If you invest in yourself and take a little time and shop around for deals, you can quickly find a lot of healthier alternatives that can help your lifestyle.

Try adding more whole foods into your daily meal plan. Spinach instead of more cheese on a sandwich, a cup of cubed pineapple instead of sugary candy--it's easy to upgrade what you eat.  Consider oatmeal and fruit for breakfast instead of sugary cereal or doughnuts.

Also, it may seem like old news, but switching soda for water is still a great idea. Be kind to your body, and it'll be easier to enjoy all the things this next year will bring.

3. Take Care of Your Skin

Another year has passed, and it can be hard realizing that you're aging. Nobody wants to think about getting older and leaving their beautiful years behind. To lift this stress off your shoulders, consider trying out a Dead Sea mud mask that can help circulation and fill out any wrinkles. Also, be sure to moisturize, and if you can't stay out of the sun, consider wearing sunscreen if possible. Your skin has been through plenty. Taking a couple of minutes a day will help ensure you put your best face forward in 2020.

4. Move Around!

Take up dancing classes, join a group gym class, do something active with other people! By surrounding yourself with people with common goals, you can make sure that you want to return again and again. You'll be able to make friends out of these classes, and will also reap the rewards of being physically active a couple of times a week.

If you're worried about exercising around other people, you can also consider looking up videos on YouTube and following along while someone instructs you. All you need for easy workouts is a couple of five-pound weights and a cheap yoga mat. It's easy to find courses for almost any kind of physical hobby these days. Don't be afraid to give yourself that chance!

5. Keep Moisturized

Winter can wreak havoc on skin and nails. With dry air cracking your knuckles, it's easy to forget that your lungs and nose are getting punished, too. All that hard, cold, dry air can really wear your body down. Put some humidity back into your lungs and skin: try a cool mist humidifier--it’ll ease up all of your dry-air symptoms and allow you to focus on more important things. While you’re at it, you can even slip in some essential oils to make your whole home smell like a spa--what a bonus!

Although these ideas can seem huge when you're staring them down in one place, keep in mind that you don't have to do this all at once. Take gradual steps with each goal you have this year. You're worth the investment of time and patience. With just a little touch of thoughtfulness and work, you can make this next year healthier than any other.