New Year, New Me, right? … We can let that saying die in 2015 along with some of our bad habits.
January is, as I like to call it, “Crunch Month” – the time of the year where you make a serious push to get your ass back in shape after “treating yourself” during the holiday season. It’s also the time that you start creating good habits and kicking the bad ones.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for indulging with family and friends and celebrating the many reasons that we’re so blessed year round, but I also know that my body feels different … And not a good different. I feel that I’m a bit more lethargic and certainly a little fuller than I was in the summer months. I’m the first to say that New Year’s resolutions are corny, but they do serve a purpose – they’re how you’re choosing to set the tone for the year ahead. Consider January as the month to give the rest of your year a jump start with healthy habits. So, here are five of my resolutions to set the tone for my year going forward.
January is Henceforth Known As: CRUNCH MONTH
1. Saying goodbye to pasta and cheese.
Don’t have any intentions of making this permanent… However, you should try to make a substantial difference to kick start your healthier eating habits again, and you know where your weak points lie. Instead, you should replace these things with brown rice, sweet potatoes, and more green leafy carbs. Choose your weakness and tackle it head on – chances are that after three-four weeks… you’ll find that you don’t even crave them as much anymore.
2. Waking up 20 minutes earlier than you need to.
One of the things that many people do consistently (and it’s completely frustrating) is that waking up in a blind panic from staying in bed too long. It starts your day off on such a stressful note and leaves you feeling frantic. Instead, start setting your alarm for 20 minutes earlier than I actually need to, so that you can wake up gently and clear your mind before the day that lies ahead.
3. Reading books you normally wouldn’t.
Most people are suckers for the classics or the new trending book… but you probably find that there are certain genres that you simply neglect altogether.
“This resolution was inspired by my older brother recommending a book to me that I never would have even considered before – The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. I realized that I’m severely limiting my mental capacity and my ability to be more well rounded by having such a stunted reading range.” (Dana Crispi- CL contribitor)
4. Stretching before bed.
This is such a small resolution that it almost seems silly, but it is so incredibly important. Caring for your muscles is a huge part of caring for your body as a whole, especially if you have a job where you sit for the majority of your day. Stretch in the shower after the warm water helps relax your muscles, or do some stretches right before bedtime. You can even do many stretches IN your bed! It will help you to decompress and sleep better after a long day.
5. Spending more on experiences… and less on “things.”
This is the biggest resolution for 2016. If you’re a compulsive spender… so much so that you forget what you already own. You’ll always be able to justify buying the new bag, lipstick, necklace or shoes… but spending the money on experiences is truly a worthwhile investment. Take weekend trips to cities you haven’t visited before, save up to go on the trip of a lifetime, backpack across Europe, or make a point to go to awesome festivals that are now mere Instagram dreams. Once you stop buying things that you don’t need, you’ll realize how much money you have left over to fulfill the nagging wanderlust within you.