Happy 2016 everyone! As we enter a brand new year I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can do and change in my life to be my best and healthiest self. Like many people, I want this year to be even better than the last in all aspects of my life including career, mental and physical health, relationships, eating and exercising, etc. 2015 was amazing. It brought new challenges along with triumphs and I really can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. But I know that when it comes to my health, it’s on me to make things happen.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 20-something years, it’s to do more of what makes you happy. If you find activities you truly love, do them. If you find that something you’ve been doing gives you anxiety or makes you feel down, stop doing it. The same goes for the company you keep, the food you eat and even your daily routine. Change or cut things out that are making a negative impact on your lifestyle, and embrace the positive ones with open arms.
From eating more greens to hitting the books, these are 5 healthy steps I’m taking as we head into 2016.
1. Cook more meals
In order to be my healthiest self, my diet needs to be the cleanest it can be. One of the best ways to make sure you consume healthy meals is making them yourself. This way you know what exactly is in the food you’re eating and you can also alter recipes to your taste buds! If you enjoy cooking, it allows you to take time out of your busy day to do something you love, instead of plopping down in front of the TV with takeout. Don’t get me wrong, I love plopping down in front of the TV with takeout from time to time, but I’m also urging myself to get into the kitchen more often (and this mean I’ll be sharing more recipe posts with you!).
2. Hit the books
I want to read more – more books, more magazines, more online articles. As a writer, my skills can only get better the more I read, and I’m realizing this now more than ever. I need to take time at the start, end and in the middle of the day to read for both pleasure and knowledge, and it’s something that has become so important to me as we head into the New Year. For the first time in my life I haven’t been inundated with textbooks and articles to read for school, so it’s time to start hitting the books I’m really interested in.
3. Do more yoga
I really love hot yoga, but lately I haven’t been doing it as much as I’d like. This holiday season was hectic and yoga was one of the things I put on the backburner. I’ve found that practicing yoga makes me stronger both physically and mentally, and it allows for a much-needed hour and a half of disconnect each week. That’s what I’m aiming for – at least one hot yoga class a week to detox my mind and body, remind me to breathe, and drag me away from technological distractions.
4. Eat more greens
Have you guys heard of 8Greens? It’s a natural supplement packed with greens, vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy body. Dawn Russell founded 8Greens after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, realizing how much nutrition changed her health. (You can read her story here.) The average person doesn’t even come close to consuming the amount of greens we should be on a daily basis (I know I don’t). Greens detox our organs, oxygenate our bodies, and provide us with increased energy – just to name a few benefits. Unfortunately 8Greens doesn’t ship to Canada. I can’t wait until it does! And until then I’ll be upping my greens intake as much as possible.
5. Get to bed earlier
I’ve actually never been much of a night owl – even in Uni I was usually in bed by 11 or 12 when all my friends were up until 2 or 3 (how did you guys do it?). But I need and want my sleep. Getting to bed even half an hour earlier will allow me to open up a book and read until my eyes can’t stay open anymore, and in turn, I’ll be able to wake up earlier and get my day started refreshed! I hate being tired and sluggish throughout the day and I refuse to turn into a coffee person, so this will have to do!
6. Spend more time with loved ones
I am so lucky to be able to (and enjoy) spending lots of time with my friends and family, but I can never have enough of this! My loved ones are such an important part of my life and I want to make sure I spend as much time as possible with them.
What are some of your guys’ goals going into the New Year? I’d love to hear them!