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8 Healthy Habits for the New Year

self care: take a tea or coffee break

7)    Practice Self Care

Self care is all about taking the time to care for your own emotional needs. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day that we neglect our own mental health. When you practice self care, you not only improve your own happiness, but you set yourself up to approach the rest of your day with a more positive attitude and more energy.

Practice a little self care every day, and when you make this resolution decide what that means to you. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It could be as simple as taking the dog for a walk while you listen to your favorite podcast or spending 20 minutes one evening painting your nails. Just do one small thing for yourself.

Whenever I talk about self care, I like to share this video from Twin Peaks. It’s a little bit cheesy, but I think the point he makes is spot on. Treat yourself every day, and you’ll be happier and healthier.

volunteering at a soup kitchen

8)    Volunteer Your Time

One of the best ways that we can improve ourselves is by giving back to others. Try signing up to walk dogs at the local shelter or help out once a week at the local food bank. Giving back improves your community, and you get to go home feeling warm and fuzzy. Everybody wins!

We are all blessed with so much, and taking time each week or even a couple of times a month to give back can help remind us of how lucky we are.

Do you have a healthy habit planned for 2013? I’d love to hear your healthy new year’s resolutions in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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7:13AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this!

9:12AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

All good ones, thank you! I do some of them already, but would like to incorporate a few more, like volunteering. Loved the video from Twin Peaks and you are right, he is spot on with your topic of self-care. Thanks.

6:13PM PST on Jan 2, 2013


10:50PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

inspiring! thanks, love the gratitude jar

2:09PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

these are all great ideas---especially like the one about treating yourself every day---I'll take that one. Already do most of the others.

7:43AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

let us all try to eat healthier this year. it all starts by smart choices, one meal at a time.

6:46AM PST on Jan 1, 2013


3:06AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Let's start it from the simple and our daily life

1:08AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Healthy habits must be inculcated from childhood.

11:21PM PST on Dec 31, 2012


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