Every year, I make the same New Year’s resolution: to lead a healthier life. I have the best intentions on January 1st, but I start to fall off the wagon a few weeks later. However, last year I promised myself that 2019 was going to be my year—and it was. I stayed on track and made some significant lifestyle changes. Now, I’m stronger and healthier than ever. Read my tips for staying healthy in the new year—I promise all your hard work will be worth it in the end.
Stick to a Healthy Diet
My first tip for staying healthy in the new year is to try and stick to a healthy diet. I know the struggle is real with this one. I’ve tried every diet known to man; ask my husband if you don’t believe me. It wasn’t until last year that I realized patience is the key. There are no special tricks that’ll help you lose 15 pounds in two weeks. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is eat healthy foods consistently. Slow and steady wins the race! If you’re like me, the problem with sticking to a diet is the lack of variety. I got so sick of eating grilled chicken every day. Luckily, I’ve found a way around this. You can add a multitude of low-calorie spices and flavors to healthy dishes to make them less boring. Go ahead—add some spice to your life this year. You won’t regret it.
I’ve always dreaded any type of exercise. Even the thought of going to the gym exhausts me. However, I promised myself I would exercise more in 2019, and I did just that. Once I began forcing myself to go to the gym, I found that I actually enjoyed it. Half the battle was in my head. I love working out now! Going to the gym is now my favorite part of the day. I release so much stress when I’m exercising, and I sleep better at night. Before I started working out, I would toss and turn all night long. Now, I get a full eight hours of sleep. If the gym intimidates you, start small. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and play outside with your kids as much as possible. I promise, once you get into a routine, you’ll feel so much better.
Seek Out Support
Wellness shouldn’t only pertain to your body. Make sure your mind is healthy in the new year, too. Recognize when you need to take a mental break if you’re feeling stressed out— Don’t push yourself to the limit and burn yourself out. Take a step back when you’re stressed, and ask for support when you need it. I used to be so prideful. I never admitted when I needed help or when I was at my breaking point. I had a breakdown before I finally realized I wasn’t okay. Now, I’m more communicative with my family and friends, and I see a therapist as well. Please, make sure your mind is at peace in the new year. If you feel more supported and if you’re open about your feelings, I promise you’ll feel like a whole new person.