5 Small Changes For A More Healthy And Happy 2017

A new year often means a new start. Many people press the reset button and have a chance to be whoever and whatever they want. But change, especially big changes, can be daunting and difficult, hence why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail. Here are a few changes you can integrate into your new year that can make a big difference for you in the health and happiness department.

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Drink More Water

Water is a lubricant for all your organs and joints. Your entire body needs sufficient amounts of water to function properly. Lack of water can cause constipation, lethargy, dehydration, bladder issues and a whole slew of ailments that you don’t need in 2017. Men should drink about 3 liters a day and women about 2 liters a day. Take into account that if you eat foods high in salt, sweat during exercise or are a person that has the tendency to get kidney stones, you should increase that amount.

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Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a vital component to a happy, healthy life. Lack of sleep can really hurt your brain functioning, slow you down, and even cause you to make dangerous decisions just because you aren’t alert. If you are a person who has trouble sleeping, you may just need to tweak your routine. Start by making sure you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day; this will train your brain to naturally fall asleep at certain times. Make sure you decrease your caffeine intake well before dark, around 12-2pm each day. Avoid electronic devices 2 hours before bed, dim the lights in the house and stop water intake around 6 pm. If you still can’t sleep, take a hot bath or shower, brew a cup of chamomile tea and use cedarwood or lavender essential oil to scent the room.

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Surround Yourself With Good People

“Birds of a feather flock together.” It’s a fine statement if it is working for you, but if you’ve been hanging with “Debbie Downers” or energy vampires that deplete you of your hard-earned happiness, it’s time to create boundaries this year. Vow to only surround yourself with people who exchange an equal amount of energy with you. You aren’t a therapist to your “friends,” there are professionals who make a really good living who do that. Friends are people you should enjoy spending time with and are there for each other. Look at your friend list. Are there toxic or negative people that drain you? Then you may need to sit down and have a talk with your friend about this or just spend less time with them this year.

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Use Your Car Less

This is a change that will benefit you and the environment. Consider riding your bike to work, walking, carpooling or taking the bus instead of driving. It is less expensive, it helps the ozone layer, and it counts as a workout. Save on gas and calories and get a sense of accomplishment for making the world a happier healthier place one less car ride at a time.

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Do It Yourself

There is absolutely no excuse for not at least trying to do something yourself these days. #DIY is such a popular hashtag these days because the Internet makes it so easy for you to learn to do most anything these days. YouTube has 5-minute videos that teach you everything from how to fix your own toilet to how to apply makeup properly. So, start packing your own lunch, making your own smoothies, and brewing your own coffee; you will save about $1000 a year just by skipping Starbucks and making your own latte each day. Plus doing things yourself will save you money and give you a sense of accomplishment.

You see, making changes to your life for the good doesn’t have to be messy and complicated. It shouldn’t be an overwhelming task to make your life happy and healthy. Start with a few small things each day and soon, you’ll be much closer to achieving some of your goals! Good luck this year and know that you are on the brink of a whole new year and perhaps, a whole new life! Happy New Year!!

Sarah Stevenson
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and is a professional writer focusing on the subject of fitness and conscious living. She teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.

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