5 Things to Do for a Happier and Healthier New Year

happy-new-year-1063797_1280In a couple of days, we will celebrate the arrival of 2016. And for many of us, a new year means following the tradition of making new year resolutions. Now this can be great, because anything that helps to makes our lives better is fabulous is my book! But I like to take a different approach. I make a list of just a few things that I would like to do more of in the new year. And best of all, I give myself permission to do as much or as little as I want AND, very importantly, I don’t beat myself up if I don’t do everything on the list. I have found that this gives me a sense of freedom and actually makes me feel more positive about doing the things on my list. How about you? What would you like to do or accomplish to make your new year healthier and happier? Here’s a list of six things to help get you started.

Eat More Green, Red, and Yellow Vegetables

Now we all know that vegetables are some of the most health promoting foods you can eat. But did you now that they contain literally thousands of phytonutrients that can help you build super health? These phytonutrients help protect our bodies against diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And you want to eat what I call “the rainbow”. That means including lots of green, red, and yellow vegetables in your daily meals. A great way to do this is to make a soup. They are so easy to make and will help you to easily get your vegetable intake up. CLICK HERE to read about how easy it is to make soup.

Establish a Morning Planning Routine

Having a morning planning routine helps to start your day off right. It helps you to prioritize things so that you accomplish what’s important to you that day. This does not have to be a big production. For example, I take a few minutes to plan my day while I’m having my green tea. And I find that it helps if I prioritize the two most important things that must be done that day so that they get done first. This immediately makes me feel very productive, which is a great frame of mind to be in at the start of the day. Try it!

Be Creative

Think you are not creative? Sure you are, you just may not know it yet! That is, until you try. So, this year, I want to challenge you to do something creative. It could be something as simple as doodling. Doodling? Yes, doodling. In fact, doodling was the start of a whole new, rewarding career for my friend, Sue Kreitzman. CLICK HERE to read all about it. Creativity is a great thing for all of us because it helps to make us aware of God given gifts that we may not have known we had and research has shown that being creative is a health booster. Who knows where creativity could take you? Want to know more, CLICK HERE.

Move More

This next year, try to move more. That could be as simple as taking a daily walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. If you sit at a desk all day, try to get up out of your chair every 30 minutes or so and stand for a few minutes. Did you know that sitting for long periods can have the same deleterious effects on your health as cigarette smoking? Better yet, take a walking break if you can. In my former office building, I used to speed walk around an indoor atrium whenever I could. I think you’ll find that talking standing and walking breaks will help keep your energy up during the day.

Create a Home Paradise

We all need someplace to unwind and de-stress. My solution was to come up with a place in my home that I could retreat to in order to unwind. For me, it is my garden. What could it be for you? Maybe you could set up a space that reminds you of your favorite place. That’s what my friend Melisande did. CLICK HERE to read all about how to create your home paradise.

As we get ready for a new year, many of us may feel that we are not where we want to be in life, especially if we are on the flip side of 40. But, I want to say to you, “Be encouraged, not discouraged”! You never know what opportunities could come your way this coming year. And if you are concerned about get older, don’t. Embrace it! Getting older is, I believe, a gift. CLICK HERE to read more about the gift of years.

I want to wish you and yours a very blessed and happy new year! To your good health!

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