Why is it so hard to keep New Year’s resolutions? You pick an area of your life that needs improving, like your health, and you make commitments to yourself to make the necessary changes. You might stick to these vows for a few weeks if you’re lucky, but after the hype of the “fresh start” wear off, you’re back to unhealthy habits. You want to do right and be a healthier person, but it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
It’s not that the change is impossible, but for some reason, sticking to healthy resolutions can be challenging. When you’re not seeing results or the process doesn’t get easier, you become uninspired and resort back to old habits until the next year when you’ll try again. The real reasons resolutions are often difficult to keep is because change is a transition that takes time. When you’re used to doing things one way for decades and then want to turn things around for the better, you have to take things slow. Small, actionable steps in the right direction are essentially what help you succeed.
Whether you want a less stressful life, a slimmer waistline, youthful skin, or are trying to better manage pre-existing medical conditions, the key is to take little actions, such as those listed below:
Drink More Water
It is recommended that the average person drink half their body weight in ounces of water each day. The idea of gulping down a gallon or more of water in a day when you’re barely drinking a few cups can seem scary. Instead of trying to reach that target right away, simply make an effort to drink more water. If you don’t drink any water, then having a glass when you wake up, with every meal, and before bed is a great place to start. As you get used to this, increase your intake by a cup until you’ve reached the recommended daily amount.
Have a Cup of Tea
Sugary drinks and sodas are packed with ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body, but if you like the idea of having something other than water throughout the day, a cup of tea (hot or cold) would suffice. There are plenty of healing properties to tea. You can mix various blends with a bit of sugar to create flavorful drinks that heal with every sip. Take, for instance…