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10 Healthy Habits to Kickstart Your New Year

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Amy Thomson
01.06.16

The American Heart Association suggests adopting routines like keeping in touch with family and friends to help reduce stress levels. This got me thinking, what can you do at home to reduce stress and promote healthy habits this year? Here are 10 ideas!

1. Make One Delicious Meal a Week

The idea here is to focus on eating well at home. If you’re cooking, you will likely start at the grocery store. You can pick up the ingredients you need for your deserved meal and use this time to grab snacks, quick meals and coffee to reduce eating out.

2. Instead of More Coffee, Try a Nap

Be mindful of your sleep patterns. Although you can’t technically “catch up” on sleep, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a Sunday snooze. This will keep you aware of the amount of sleep you’re getting and a reward to look forward to after a busy week.

3. Create a New Storage Spot

If you’ve been putting off installing that shelf in the laundry room or a cabinet hook to hang your hairdryer, take the time to do it this week! It’ll positively affect your health at home. The American Heart Association suggests taking on tasks like this in pieces. Assign yourself one cabinet to organize this Sunday, even though you eventually you want to revamp the entire bathroom.

4. Commit to an Attainable Cleaning Ritual

Setting attainable goals for yourself leads to a warm accomplished feeling (much better than that sad failure feeling). Decide you’re going to wipe down the kitchen countertops once a week or take out the recycling. These types of goals won’t leave you feeling disappointed when you didn’t have time to clean the entire kitchen.

5. Form a Short At-Home Workout Plan

Even if you can’t get to the gym, have a workout plan you can do for 10 minutes before you get in the shower. One BrightNester recommends three sets of planks and squats. You can do this in a flash, and still get showered and looking fresh before you have to be out the door.

6. Treat Yourself to a New Body Care Product

If you’ve been wanting to try a new hair mask or eye cream, now’s the time. Your getting-ready ritual is very important to success in both your social and career lives.

7. Drink 64 oz. of Water a Day

Drinking water prevents overeating and keeps you healthy. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day so you get your suggested 64 oz. intake.

8. Embrace Home Delivery

If you’re tired of running out of toilet paper before you can make it to the store, consider starting one of Amazon’s auto-delivery options. You could also look into a Costco membership if you have the storage to stock yourself with a 6-month supply of dish detergent tablets. Anything you can do to shrink your to-do list is A+!

9. Incorporate Essential Oils

A calming scent is a great way to keep things copacetic at home. Consider a DIY air freshener (learn how to make one here!) with your favorite essential oil. You could also try having some by your toothbrush holder to help start your day off right.

10. Carve Out Time for Yourself Everyday

Set up a personal retreat. It could be as simple as waking up in time to have a cup of coffee by the window. If you have a favorite TV show or book series, block some time on your calendar to read or watch. Being busy is a good thing, you just need to remember to put yourself on your schedule, too.

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