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New Year, Better You

Although it seems quite a bit warmer than normal this time of year, the crazy weather doesn't keep the days from coming, going, and passing right by. Whether we like it or not, it is that time of year again that everyone starts setting their New Year's Resolutions, and we thought we would not only just give you some not-so-cliche ideas, but some health benefits, for a healthier you, behind these ideas. Enjoy!

Try one new recipe a week- trying out one new recipe a week not only gives you a well deserved reason to call yourself a self-taught chef, but cooking actually gives you a "eustress", which is a beneficial stress, giving you a sense of fulfillment.

Do something for yourself once a day- Take this year to focus more on you, not in the self-absorbed way, but in a better-yourself type way. Try doing things like taking a relaxing bath, taking 10 minutes out of your schedule to just be by yourself to relax, meditate, or reading your favorite book.


Start a new hobby- Finding a new hobby is a great way to bring in the new year. All the time you focus on other people for the last two months can leave you exhausted and self deprecated. Finding a hobby is a great way to do something nice for yourself, now all you have to do is find your niche!

Cut down on tv time-  Being mentally present and aware these days is rare due to the overwhelming amount of technology and distractions that are so common in our every day lives. Spend more time being in the moment and with friends and family that will create life-long memories instead of watching a show that gives you satisfaction for an hour.

Lose that last 10 pounds- This one doesn't even need an explanation! If you have been putting off losing your last 10 pounds through the holidays, now is the time to start chugging that water and hit up that gym card you "lost" a few months ago.


No more cokes-  We all know that cokes can lead to liver damage, diabetes, ect. But, opting for water instead of something that has the same pH level as toilet bowl cleaner may just be the best thing you ever do for yourself!

Go to bed earlier- This is one of the BEST things you can do for yourself in more ways than one. Did you know that getting into bed earlier can help you worry less, get along better with people, be more productive, maintain your weight better, keep you from getting sick, and even help you get to work safer? Why not give it a try and see what life-changing results can stem from it??

Stop buying lunch- Start your year off on the right note by saving money and saving your diet. Taking your lunch with you every day to work gives you control of your diet, keeps you aware of what you're eating, and keeps you from paying for overpriced food that is unsatisfying.

Take more photos- Remember the days that in order to find a picture from your childhood, you would have to go digging for it in the boxes and boxes that are buried deep in closets and attics just to find it? The youngest generation needs to find their baby pictures somewhere other than in a photo gallery on a phone or computer. Take the time one day to print those sacred memories.

Read a book every month-Studies have shown that reading is the most effective way to overcome stress, beating old favorites such as listening to music, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and even taking a walk!

Put your spouse first- too often we let things including work, kids, and every day tasks get in the way of the relationships we value the most. Try keeping in touch with your spouse/other half throughout the day, try new things together, and go on those dates like you did when you first met to remember why you chose him/her to spend your life with.

Keep your house tidy- Studies show that when you keep your house cleaner, you are far more likely to be in a happier, stress-free mood than if you had a cluttered home. Plus, the more organized you keep your house, the less amount of time it takes to prepare for company coming over!

Make your own coffee- I know, I know... We all love the barista with that super smooth voice that sings to us on our way into work every morning, but if making your own coffee can save you up to about $1,000 a year, would you think differently about your beloved coffee shop?


What will be your New Years Resolution(s) this year? Tell us in the comments below!


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