With every new year comes a chance to reflect on things you’ve done well and areas that still have room for improvement. We love the new year and the fresh start it offers when trying to become a better person than we’ve been in the past. If you feel the same way, you’re probably thinking about new year goals. We’ve compiled a quick list of new year goals to consider that may help you to jumpstart your self-improvement journey. Keep reading to get some ideas on ways to enhance your life by improving your health, relationships, and mental state.
1. Get More Sleep
Getting quality sleep can do a world of good for your health, mental state, and happiness levels. Doctors usually recommend adults shoot for an average of 8 hours of sleep each night, but some people may need slightly more or less. Find your sweet spot and commit to sleeping the full amount you need each night in order to feel rested. You can drift off more quickly by avoiding screens and having a wind-down ritual.
2. Put a Smile On
Smiling when you’re not in the mood may seem silly, but there’s great power in simply turning up the corners of your mouth. This is the ultimate “fake it ‘til you make it” situation, where the act of smiling can actually enhance your mood until you feel like smiling on your own. Smiling also makes you seem more approachable, friendly, and likable, so you may improve your relationships with those around you—or even start a new one.
3. Take a Nutritional Supplement
Whether you’re the biggest health nut on the block or a junk-food lover, nutritional supplements can do big things for your health. Find supplements to meet your individual health needs. For example, those looking to lower bad cholesterol or repair intestinal lining should consider taking SIBU’s Omega 7 Support Soft Gels.
4. Meet Up with Friends
Research shows that face-to-face contact with friends is important for our health, and can even help us live longer. These benefits aren’t replicated when we interact with friends through social media and texting, though, so you’ll need to socialize with friends in person to truly reap the benefits. Plan a weekly lunch date, standing monthly movie night, or some other activity to ensure you’re getting facetime with those who lift your spirits.
5. Put Down Your Phone
Smartphone addiction is harming our society in big ways. As we just mentioned, phones are no substitute for human interaction. They’re hurting relationships by detaching us from others, and even from our selves. When we replace moments of boredom with a scroll through our phone, we lose time for self-reflection and creativity. So, carve out phone-free time each day or week. As an idea, have “screen-free Sunday” or charge your phone outside of your bedroom.
6. Slowly Swap Out Unhealthy Foods
We’ve all been there—year after year you make an ambitious goal to lose 20 pounds, stop eating sugar, or quit fast food. But year after year, that goal has gone out the window by February. This year, make a goal you can stick to and slowly start swapping out unhealthy foods for more nutritious choices. You may not be able to quit sugar for life, but you can switch to desserts made with natural sugar cane or honey. And you may not stop going through the drive-through anytime soon, but you can start ordering a lower-calorie option.
Start Working Toward Your Goals Today
There’s no time like the present to get started on your goals. After reading this list of New Year goals to consider, take the steps you need to becoming a better you in 2019. By recording your goals and making a plan of action, you’ll be sure to get off on the right foot to achieve the goals you have in mind. And if you’re looking to improve your health, buy SIBU Omega 7 Support Soft Gels.