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Skip The New Year’s Resolutions & Do These 7 Things Instead

January 10, 2022

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Tired of making unrealistic New Year's resolutions that are impossible to stick with? This year, scrap the whole idea of making sweeping changes, and focus instead on adding these 7 lifestyle tweaks that will make a massive difference in how you feel about yourself and your life on a daily basis. It is much easier to add a few positive habits than it is to overhaul your entire life. In this blog, I will cover how you can build the health routines that will give you the results you are looking for, in a realistic and totally doable way.

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Add Gut-Healthy Foods And Beverages To Your Diet

Instead of going crazy with restrictive diets that feel like punishment, start adding foods and drinks that nourish the health of your gut. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi contain beneficial probiotics. High fiber foods like kale, celery, and fresh apples help keep your digestive tract moving. Gut-healthy drinks include kefir, kombucha, fresh celery juice, and teas such as puehr, mint, and ginger. 

Read about the connection between your diet and inflammation here

Check out these two gut-friendly tea recipes: Cardamom-Ginger-Rose Milk Tea and Golden Milk Chai

Best Loose Leaf tea blends for gut health include Stomach Soother, Smooth Jazz, Sleek & Slender, and Coffee Quitter. 

 

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Move Your Body Every Day

If you never exercise, it's unrealistic to think that you're going to start going to the gym for an hour every day. Instead, get started by committing to get up from your desk on an hourly basis and do a few squats, jumping jacks, and stretches. Do a 10 minute dance workout on YouTube. Keep it simple, and make it fun.

Read: How Exercise Makes You Smarter

One of the most important things to remember when getting started with exercise is to start slow and easy. Here is a set of lightweight dumbbells for beginners. You might also want to invest in a yoga mat like one of these; they are relatively inexpensive and come in 39+ designs. 

 

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Practice Deep Breathing

This is one practice that will get you through even the most stressful times of your life. Try this simple breath: breathe in and out through your nose slowly. Breathe in to the count of four. Hold in to a count of four. Exhale to a count of four. Hold for the count of four. Repeat several times.

Read also: 7 Ways To Manage Anxiety Naturally

 

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Get Into A Journaling Habit

Journaling is one of the most effective ways to manage your mind. It is one of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself on a daily basis. Simply write out your thoughts without censoring yourself, and you will discover how cathartic this practice is. Journaling is also a wonderful way for insights and breakthroughs to happen.

Here is my very favorite type of journal by DesignWorks Ink

And here are my favorite metallic gel pens for journaling

 

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Start Cutting Sugar Out Of Your Diet

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 25 grams of sugar per day, the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar. A can of Coke contains 39 grams of sugar, so if you’re a soda drinker, you’re already over the healthy limit after a 12 oz can. The good news: you can retrain your palate to not want sugar in 7 to 21 days.

Learn more about getting free from a sugar addiction here

Loose Leaf teas to break the sugar habit for good:

  • Sleek & Slender curbs the craving, while improving digestion and metabolism
  • Sugarproof tea is more of a medicinal tea blend that blocks the sweet flavor and also gets rid of the craving with regular use

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Make Sleep A Priority

Healing happens when we sleep. Build a healthy sleep habit by going to bed and waking up around the same time every day to retrain your mind and body into a regular sleep cycle.

Check out Nitey Nite tea to drink before bed to help you unwind and get your body and mind relaxed and ready for slumber. Lush Lavender is less sedating, but also effective at helping prepare your body for sleep. 

Read The 10 Tips To Get The Sleep You Need

The type of bed sheets you use matters. Here is a set of my favorite ultra-smooth and cooling sheets made from sustainable beech tree fibers.

This eye pillow is filled with lavender and flax to soothe your eyes and block out light. 

 

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Cultivate A Daily Tea Habit

Teas of all kinds are full of health benefits. Whether you drink traditional green or black teas, flavorful fruity teas, or healing herbal blends, tea is high in antioxidants, is hydrating, and contains zero calories when you drink without milk or sugar.

Read 12 Easy Ways To Drink More Tea And Feel Amazing

Shop Loose Leaf bestselling teas

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Get the Cadillac of tea brewing accessories: the Breville

 

If you enjoyed this, read How To Start Healthy Habits

 




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