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.
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!