5 Lifestyle resolutions you can keep this year

Resist that sweet tooth

Nobody is saying give up on sugar completely, but rather cut down your sugar intake in small ways by sweetening your coffee or tea with a sweetener instead of the usual refined sugar and cut down on those choccies, fruit juices (yes they are packed with sugar), and save the indulgences for special occasions. By eating sugars in moderation you will see a difference on your scale, have more energy, clear up any skin problems, improve immunity and get rid of bloating.

 

Be mindful

This means living in the moment and taking time out to be on your own, even if it’s only for a short while. Go for a walk, enjoy a hobby, go to the gym or just sit quietly with a cup of coffee at least once a week. This will give you time to gather your thoughts and promotes wellbeing and mental health.

 

Read more

Books stimulate learning and imagination in our brain. Instead of spending the evening glued to the TV or reading the depressing news in the paper, pick up a book and let yourself be transported into a different world.

 

Spend more time outside

Resolve to spend an hour or more outside per day. This might mean waking up a bit earlier to do a walk in the park before work, spending your lunch break with your feet in the grass, or frolicking in the garden with your kids in the evening. Spending time outside connects you with nature and allows you to make more Vitamin D when you are exposed to natural sunlight.

 

Keep a gratitude journal

Spend just a few minutes before bedtime writing in a journal reflecting on your day and all the good things that happened, no matter how small and insignificant they seem. This will help you wind down from the day and will ultimately put you in the right frame of mind to get a good night’s sleep.