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8 Healthy Habits for the New Year

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gratitude: you're great!

1)    Start a Gratitude Jar

Practicing gratitude is such a great habit to get into, and turning that practice into something physical can help you remember to be grateful for what you have every day. Get yourself a mason jar or a small vase, and every day, write down something that you’re grateful for and stick the paper in the jar.

Your moment of gratitude can be as simple as something like, “Made an amazing pot of coffee this morning!” to bigger things like, “Got a promotion at work today!” Remember to date your moments of gratitude, so you can jog your memory about them later on.

At the end of the year (or when times are feeling a little rough), you get to sort through the jar and enjoy all of the little blessings from the past year. It’s so easy to take those small things for granted, and having them all in one place helps remind us of how lucky we are.

 

learn a skill: making sushi

2)    Learn a New Skill

Have you always wanted to learn how to make pottery or cook Indian food? Instead of just resolving to do those things, sign up for a class!

I know, pottery and cooking classes can be expensive. If you don’t have the money in your budget for a class, spend some time googling and see what resources you can find online. Then, create yourself a structured schedule and block out time each week to practice whatever it is you’re trying to learn. For the Indian food example, maybe you can bookmark a dozen recipes, and try making one or two a week, starting with the ones that seem simplest.

You can also invest in a book, which can be very helpful. Sometimes having a tangible item can help keep you motivated.

get regular exercise

3)    Getting Regular Exercise

As cliche as it sounds, a lot of us do want to lose some weight in the new year, and that’s OK! Focusing on weight loss tends to be ineffective, though. Instead, try focusing on getting regular exercise.

One of the best ways I’ve found to incorporate exercise into my schedule has been…incorporating it into my schedule! Literally. Whether you use a day planner or a digital calendar to keep up with appointments, schedule those workout just like you’d schedule a work meeting or a lunch date.

You can join a gym, but you can also just buy a pair of tennis shoes and head outdoors for your workouts. Walking and jogging outside are totally free activities that almost anyone can do. It can also help to pick up a program, like Couch to 5K, or sign up for an event like a race. Training towards something specific is very motivating!

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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

thanks

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

Thanks

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

thanks

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