6 Ways to Live a Healthier and Happier Life

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The first full week of February is almost officially over, and I can’t believe how fast time is passing! Wasn’t it just the beginning of 2018 a minute or two ago?!

As with the start of every new year, I’m sure most of you have set some goals for the next twelve or so months, and these goals undoubtedly include some health and fitness aspirations, am I right?

Though it’s already the second month of the new year, I’m still feeling super inspired to really keep my resolutions for 2018 to be healthier, both physically and mentally, because I’ve broken my goals down in to more achievable “smaller intentions” that I know will help me eventually achieve everything I want to this year!

In focusing on smaller, actionable changes, bigger resolutions aren’t as scary or daunting and can be distilled in to something that I can work on daily! Here’s a look at some of the little adjustments I’m going to be making to my life this year to help me live more healthily and happily! Hopefully, my resolutions will inspire you to up your health game in 2018 too!

1. Dedicate Some Type to Exercise Every Week

As many of you may know, I’ve been working full time for the past few years, and I work in a very fast-paced, stressful environment, so I often have little to no time to exercise during the week. However, in 2017, I didn’t let this be an excuse to not pack in some movement. Instead, I dedicated one day of the weekend to exercising, carving out at least an hour to an hour and a half where I tried to workout as much as I can to make up for my lack of movement during the week.

This year, I’m hoping to continue this, as well as take more walks during work. Whenever I get too busy in the office, I often forget to take my breaks, but I know that packing in some light movements, even if it’s just for a five or ten minute walk down the stairs or around the building, will make all the difference. After all, some movement is definitely better than none, right?

2. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables on a Daily Basis

I’m sure this one is no surprise, right? Though I love my fries, ice cream, and cookies, I also know that if I do decide to indulge on these treats, I will have to balance it out with some healthy elements in my diet as well.

This past half year, I’ve started opting for meals that have more vegetables and less carbs, and opting for less sugar in drinks such as coffee or tea too.

In 2018, I’m hoping to continue improving in this department by consuming more raw vegetables through salads and more raw fruits through smoothies and juices! If you have any good recipes, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments! πŸ™‚

3. Sleep More

I admit that in 2017, I was burned out, mostly because I was trying to juggle too many things all at once. More often than not, I only got about six hours of sleep per night on average, and I know that isn’t healthy in the long run. There were times that I was so exhausted I fell asleep while I was sitting in my bed, with my laptop in my lap, and I wouldn’t jolt awake until almost dawn.

This year, I really want to make an effort to rest more because I noticed that I was more irritable and less focused whenever I didn’t get enough sleep. Not only will it make me more productive on a daily basis, I know that sleeping more is good for my health as well!

4. Live a More Balanced Life

Piggy-backing off of the last resolution, I’m hoping to lead a more balanced life as well. Last year, because I was taking on so many things at once, I lost my balance and burned myself out because of the stress from my corporate job, which caused me to unconsciously put some more important things and people in my life on hold, which is something that I hated about 2017.

At the end of the day, no matter how hard you work for any company, it’ll never be yours, and it’s not worth it to estrange yourself from the people closest to you because of it. And that’s why I’ve decided that it’s time for me to focus on myself, on the work that I actually love, and most importantly, on the people closest to my heart.

5. Read One Book per Month

Last year, due to my crazy work schedule, my work-life balance was definitely thrown off track. One of the areas in which I suffered the most was self-improvement. Prior to working my current full-time job, I remember reading at least three books a month, but last year, I was either too busy or too tired to really take the time out to sit down and enjoy a good read. And it honestly made my feel so guilty.

It didn’t matter if I was reading fiction, non-fiction, or self-help books in the past, reading alone just made me feel like I was always improving, learning more, doing things to expand my knowledge. So when I stopped doing that, I felt like I was stuck.

This year, I vowed to improve in this area, and I’m going to start small by trying to read at least one book a month! If you have any great recommendations, please drop the titles in the comments!

6. Get Regular Check-Ups

And last but definitely not least, I really need to be better at getting regular check-ups. Even if everything seems all right, getting regular check-ups is so important because there are a variety of more serious conditions that don’t have any real symptoms beforehand, so having semi-annual or annual physical exams can help yourself be more aware of what’s going on inside your body.

Here’s an even more detailed infographic that Hims, a company that believes in preventative care and overall health, generously shared to highlight some interesting statistics, engaging tips, and mindful advice for living your best life this year. I love how detailed it is!

Hims Health Checklist

What are some of your health and fitness resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments because I always love hearing from all of you!

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