New year, new goals, new you! For many, the new year is a chance to transform and better themselves, to dedicate to self-improvement, and to commit to change. Take advantage of your new year enthusiasm by harnessing that motivation to create long-lasting, healthy habits that will ensure that you become your very best self.
Here’s how you can make 2017 your best year yet:
Building confidence has countless benefits, including providing the motivation to accomplish your goals, tackle your fears, and step out of your comfort zone. To build confidence:
Learn a New Skill
A great way to build confidence is to learn a new skill. Whether it’s learning a new language or discovering the basics of photography, adopting a new skill is an excellent way to keep your mind sharp and your self-confidence high.
Focus on Positivity
Sometimes the right mindset is all it takes to win. Start your day with a positive, confident attitude and you’ll be better prepared to take on life’s challenges and turn mistakes into learning opportunities. By focusing on the positive, you’ll become more relaxed, happier, and healthier.
Developing your overall well-being can make you more productive and clear your mind of negativity. To develop well-being:
Get Enough Sleep
Experts recommend that adults get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Research has shown that you’re more likely to achieve your goals, improve memory, and get rid of stress if you get enough sleep.
Try cleaning your home, cleaning out your closet, or getting (and using!) a day planner. Getting organized takes a lot of patience and time, but will make your life more functional and help clear your head of all the clutter. An organized mind can help you recognize your goals and map out a plan to achieve them.
Clean eating doesn’t mean denying yourself the pleasure of the foods you love. There are plenty of ways to eat healthier without sacrificing taste - sometimes all it takes is a few simple changes. To eat healthier:
Add More Whole Foods
Try adding more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins to your routine. Even something as simple as adding a slice of lemon to your glass of water will have you feeling energized - and the vitamin C will help boost your immunity.
Drink smoothies as an alternative to calorie-rich snacks. And if you can’t fight your chocolate cravings, dark chocolate is a much better option than milk chocolate. It’s rich in antioxidants, can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and even improve brain function.
Focus on Fitness
Becoming more fit is easily one of the most popular resolutions to ring in the new year. Aside from the tons of health benefits that come with getting fit, fitness has a huge role in building confidence and increasing happiness. But getting fit is no easy task. So if fitness is a goal this year, it’s best to find ways to make your workout more enjoyable. To focus on fitness:
Build Your Workout Playlist
Such a simple task, but what a change! According to The Journal of Sports Sciences, listening to music can make even the most grueling workouts more bearable. So make a playlist of your favorite songs, hit the gym, and have fun.
Find a Routine that Works
The reality is that any form of exercise requires hard work. It means working out when you don’t want to and committing beyond just a couple of weeks. The good news is that there are many forms of exercise, and at least one best suited for you. For starters, there’s barre, Tone It Up, yoga, pilates, and tons of at-home workout routines. It might takes some a few weeks of experimenting, but finding a routine you enjoy will help you to stick to exercising regularly.
A few small steps can add to a big change. Make a promise to shine this year. 2017 brings new opportunities and new challenges, but with the right mindset, you’ll be able to make this year your own.