I couldn’t tell you the last time getting healthier wasn’t one of my New Year’s goals. Who doesn’t want to set goals to feel and look their best?! Health, however, is pretty subjective, and we’re aware of that. Fad diets, expensive workout classes and plans, and self-care trends galore are all big changes and investments in our health that might not even work for us. It’s so easier to stick with small changes and tricks. So, after asking some of my favourite people I am sharing some great ways to make 2019 your healthiest and happiest year yet. Some are beyond easy, some cost no money, and they all affect both your mind and your physical health! Who else is excited?!
1. Stop drinking your calories in coffee
A cup of coffee with non-fat milk and sugar contains about 80 calories. While this doesn’t sound like much, it adds up! You could eat a chocolate chip cookie for that, and honestly, I’d prefer the cookie.
2. Add a quick 10 minute clean to your night routine
You’ll wake up so refreshed knowing your place is organized and ready for you to take on your day!
3. Make it a goal to laugh every day
We’ll still be in cold, dreary weather for the first part of 2019. Bring some brightness to your day with laughter because it seriously is the best medicine. (I know, I know, so cheesy).
4. Find your favorite podcast(s)!
Whether you’re a beauty kinda girl, or can’t get enough of pop culture, there’s a podcast for you. Podcasts put you in the present moment, stimulate your brain, AND are honestly just so fun for a commute or long drive.
5. Give your home a makeover
Had the same coffee table since your first college apartment? Haven’t changed your bedding in years? Need to switch out your wall art? Change up your place. When your home is exactly how you want it, you’re bound to be more productive (or less productive if that’s the theme you’re going for!).
7. Find someone to hold you accountable
My best friend makes certain I stick to all the goals I have set for myself.
8. Take a social media break
Sometimes, you just have to get off your phone. Give yourself some time in your day to swap the social media scrolling for self-care. You could try changing it out for your commute, while you’re on the treadmill, or when you’re taking a bath!
9. Try a new recipe every week
You never know what just might end up on your weekly rotation!
10. Stop caring about what other people think
I know this is easier said than done, but I’m so over feeling like I have to portray a certain persona if that’s not me. Do what you love and be proud of it.
11. Take your workout outside
You don’t have to go hiking in the Hollywood Hills to have a fun outdoor workout. Walk along your street (with pup preferred!), find a trail near your home, or simply pop your yoga mat on your porch, balcony, or backyard — we don’t have to get fancy here.
12. Find your perfect water bottle
If I don’t love the container I’m drinking my water out of, I won’t make the habit of refilling it every day. It sounds weird, but once you find your favorite water bottle, you’ll understand what I’m saying.
13. Stretch before AND after you workout
Just stretching before a workout isn’t enough to stop sore muscles. Stretch before to get your muscles moving and ready for more vigorous activity, and stretch afterward to prevent muscle soreness and help your muscles build and recover.
14. Follow our faves on Instagram
From the best body positive women to follow to our favorite fitness gurus, there’s someone to inspire you to be healthier in both your mind and your body!
15. Start an entire journal for gratitude
With everything going on in our day-to-day, thinking about gratitude can be difficult. Dedicate an entire journal (I’m sure you have like five lying around the house!) to discuss your gratitude every day. It doesn’t need to be in full sentences. Just have at it!