Written by Michelle Jonna
We are already a month in to 2020! In January, many of us stopped and reflected on what we’ve accomplished in the past year and considered how we can do even better in the next one. While setting major resolutions, like losing weight, saving a lot of money and getting a better job, is common, it often results in disappointment when you fall off the proverbial wagon and give up on those healthy new habits.
This February 2020, what if you looked at how to improve the overall functioning of your life by developing a few new, yet powerful, habits? Rather than eating less, exercising more, and working harder, consider small changes that can make a positive difference for your current and future situation.
Many of us are so busy that we live on a diet of processed, carry-out or frozen foods that don’t really possess the necessary nutrients we need. This year, consider changing your diet to include more whole foods - the kind that don’t come in a box and may require a bit of preparation - and your body will thank you for it. Simply adding a side of fresh fruit or vegetables to every meal will add significant nutrients and fiber that your body needs to stay healthy.
Another way to ensure you’re improving your eating habits to commit to more home-cooked meals. With so many 20-minute meal websites available, finding healthy recipes is easier than ever. Plus, with just a little bit of effort, you’ll be consuming significantly more nutrients and a lot less harmful preservatives and sugar. Plus, you may find you enjoy slowing down to experience the zen of chopping and preparing whole foods. I know I do!
And finally, the best thing most of us can do for ourselves this year is to drink more water. Not diet soda, not fruit juices - just plain old H20. Committing to keeping a water bottle on your desk that you empty at least twice a day, every day, will do wonders for your health. You may be surprised how this one small habit makes you feel significantly better, too. Our bodies need water to function at their highest levels and a lot of people are walking around dehydrated. THAT isn’t good for your body or your brain!
Consumerism is rampant and many of us are trying to figure out how to deal with too little money in our bank accounts and too much clutter in our homes. One new year’s resolution that can help you address your finances and save smarter is to incorporate “no spend” weeks into your monthly calendar. For example, what if, before you went to the grocery store, you committed to eating whatever you already have in your cupboards instead? Get creative and make something with the cans of beans and tomatoes, or dig into the freezer and see what entrees and sides are waiting for you there. Challenge yourself - for just one week a month - to NOT spend any money on anything that’s not absolutely necessary. You may be surprised by how little you can get by on and how much money you save.
Another way to easily add to your financial coffers is, when you’re doing your annual decluttering, consider selling items on Facebook Marketplace. There’s no charge and research shows that you may get more for your used items on Facebook than you would on eBay or Craig’s List. Many sellers add a nice chunk of cash to their monthly income, just by selling items they already have, (and need to purge) to members of their local community. Just be
The beginning of a new year is a great time to focus on your mental fitness for 2020 and beyond. There are so many small things you can do for your brain health, like starting a daily meditation practice, following a healthy sleep schedule, exercising and staying hydrated. Pick one to focus on for 2020 and see if you can make it stick. Check out the Biohacking Guide for Better Brain Health for more tips and tricks for better brain health.
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