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5 Healthy Habits to Start in the New Year

Welcome to 2022! Like many people, you may be looking to find some new resolutions for the new year. Many people's resolutions include losing weight, trying to be more assertive, or finally going on that vacation they've been dreaming about. The key to accomplishing these goals is starting out by learning a few new healthy habits that will get you well on your way to doing anything you put your mind to.

  1. Use your most productive time to your advantage - Learning to organize your time will take you far. Many people will say that you should wake up early and immediately hit the ground running. However, realistically, everyone thrives at a different time of day. Identify the time of day that energizes you the most. Use that time to work on the activities that will bring you closer to your goals. During the other times of day, one thing you can do is...

  2. Clean your space periodically - We're all humans. We all allow our personal space to become cluttered by things. It can be hard to find the time motivation to clean up. If you start by tidying up small areas, you'll find that your space will be clean in no time. Several studies have shown that having a clean living area makes you more calm, elevates your mood, and allows you to focus on what's important.

  3. Write down your goals - While it's great to know what your goals are in your mind, writing them down is a great way to make them appear more attainable. Whether it's a big goal, a small goal, a long term goal, or a short one, it's valid. Writing the steps you need to take to achieve them is useful for holding yourself accountable. And once you've achieved a goal, you can write the date of completion next to it. Seeing all those dates begin to pile up over time will feel amazing!

4. Make time for yourself - For some of us, it may be difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves. Some of us have children, take care of elderly family members, have busy careers, and have a host of other things going on in our lives. However, how can we show up for everyone else if we don't have our own selves together? It may be time for you to start telling some people "no", hire a babysitter, and using those paid time off days so you can spend time with yourself. Pick up that book you've been meaning to read, go watch that movie you've been meaning to watch, or just relax in silence with a glass of wine.

5. Be grateful - After the year we just survived, it can be very difficult to find things to be grateful about. Some of us have lost loved ones, our jobs, and nearly our minds. But, we are still here. Finding little things to be grateful for throughout the day is a great way to retain a positive mindset in the midst of everything going on. Start off your day by saying, "Today I am grateful for..." and fill in the blank with something new each day.

Have an amazing start of 2022!

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