Have you thought about what you’d like to accomplish in the new year? For many, the start of the year is a chance to reflect upon the things they’ve experienced over the past 12 months and to consider how they’d like to move forward. This, naturally, leads to the creation of the infamous New Year’s resolution, although they, unfortunately, tend to fall by the wayside pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean yours have too, however, and there are some great options to help create significant change in your life without dramatically changing how you live it. Let’s look at some of the small lifestyle changes with the biggest impact for 2019!
Focus on Steps, Not Marathons
If you’ve ever started a project only to look at the end goal and immediately give up, you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes the entirety of a project can be intimidating and scary, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and discouraged before you ever begin. That doesn’t mean that it has to be this way. Instead of looking at the final goal and thinking about how on Earth you’re going to get there, break that goal down into lots of tiny steps. Just put one foot forward at a time and celebrate each victory as you go. Before you know it, that goal will seem a whole lot more attainable!
Increase Your Water Intake
This is something that we tend to ignore until it becomes a problem, but drink enough water is vital for your health. The more water you drink, the better your body functions and the happier you’ll feel. This doesn’t have to be a hard goal, either! One easy way to do this is by investing in a water bottle that has its capacity labeled on the bottle itself somewhere. Carry it with you and keep track of how many times you’re refilling it every day. This will help you determine how much water you’re drinking throughout the week and set goals to increase the number as you see fit. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference a little more water can make!
Improve Your Sleep Quality
Many people know that sleep is important to their health. What they might not know, however, is that quantity alone does not determine how well sleep “works” for you. Eight hours of tossing and turning and frequent upsets, in other words, isn’t going to leave you feeling well-rested the next morning. Six hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep, on the other hand, could very well leave you feeling great and ready to face the day. With that in mind, improve your sleep quality! Find the right mattress for the way you sleep and set a solid bedtime around which you can plan. Wind down your day before bed and enjoy the benefits that improved sleep can bring.
Welcome, 2019 with a smile with these simple, easy-to-make lifestyle changes that can significantly impact your health and happiness in the coming year. They won’t over complicate your life, but they will make it more efficient!