journal-thumbGoodbye 2015, Hello 2016! It’s a new day, a new year and a clean slate – a second (or third) chance to stick to all of those resolutions that you slipped up on last year. Does anyone ever really stick to their New Year’s resolutions, anyways? Well, anything is possible, right? It’s pretty common for people to make resolutions that aim to improve their overall health and happiness, so we’ve got some ideas for you. Most of us need all the help that we can get – am I right? Let’s gear up for a happy and healthy 2016, shall we?

Keep a Journal

Journaling is a great way to not only spend quality time with yourself, but also to document your journey to whatever it is that you are trying to accomplish. If you are trying to eat healthier, exercise more frequently or just manage your stress, spending 10-15 minutes per day reflecting and writing down your thoughts can help you achieve your goals.

Incorporate a Daily Walk into Your Routine

Even just 15 minutes of exercise a day can make a huge difference in your health and your happiness. If you haven’t incorporated any exercise into your daily routine, then now is the time to start. Where to start? A daily walk is a great way to ease into an exercise routine and you will be amazed at how quickly you will start to notice a difference in your overall mood and how you feel day to day.


Adopt a Pet

dog-walking1Have you been toying with the idea of becoming a pet owner? Pets most certainly have a way of making us happier people, but did you know that owning a pet can also improve your health? Studies have shown that interacting with our pets can lower our stress levels and even our blood pressure. So, kill two birds with one stone in 2016 and adopt a pet from your local shelter!

Discover the Power of a Routine

Speaking of adding activities into your daily routine – do you even have a daily routine? Life can become a little bit chaotic when you don’t have somewhat of a daily routine that you follow. Starting with making an effort to wake up around the same time each day and also retiring to bed around the same time each night. Just these small things can improve your overall health and happiness. Your body loves a good routine, so that’s a great start.

Make “Me Time” a Priority

Spending time alone can actually do wonders for your health, especially when you make proper use of that “me time.” Set aside about 10-15 minutes each day and dedicate that time to reflect and simply spend time with yourself. You can choose to do whatever you want with those 10-15 minutes – catch up on reading or journaling or simply spend 10-15 in complete silence, reflecting on anything you wish.


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