Hello 2017. If you know me at all you know I’m not into new year resolutions. However, I do find the start of a new year a great time to set some positive, maybe not overly specific, goals. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. This time of year can also be crazy busy with children going back to school, winter sports starting and work piling up after a few weeks of relaxation. I know I totally went into shut down mode over the holidays when it came to work and I have to say it was really, really nice. But now it’s time to get back into the swing of things.
Here are four simple changes that could turn into life-long habits.
- Healthy homemade lunches: Making lunch for your family can feel like a huge chore, but buying lunch regularly is expensive and often leads to unhealthy choices. Start 2017 off right by preparing simple and delicious meals ahead of time. Doing small tasks to prep, such as cutting up vegetables on the weekend, will make the process quick and ensure healthy choices are made during the week. Getting your family involved can also make prepping food more fun and helps your children understand the importance of making healthy decisions.
If you need a little inspiration check out my post on homemade school lunches and snacks.
- Keep your hair healthy: Washing your hair too frequently can strip out natural oils and cause split ends. And if you have naturally curly hair like I do you know just how bad that can be on your curls. This new year, start washing your hair every second or third day to maintain healthy and natural looking locks. Using Batiste™ Dry Shampoo Original between washes will help to eliminate excess oil and grease, leaving hair looking clean and fresh with added body and texture. No water required! This always goes into my camping bag too!
- Drink water: After a month of indulging start the year off right by challenging your family to drink more water. Try switching your evening pop, or morning fruit juice, for a large glass of water. This may be difficult for the first few days, but after a week you will feel rejuvenated and have healthier hair and skin. Staying well hydrated is also important during this cold and flu season. When you’re not feeling well you often don’t even recognize how thirsty you really are.
- Unplug and recharge: Getting a good night sleep can be difficult. There are always new emails to be answered and a list of chores to do; however, it is important to understand the need for a good night’s sleep. Sleep can boost productivity, improve your memory and help maintain a healthy weight. This year, turn off the television, computers and smart-phones one hour earlier. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try Vitafusion™ SleepWell. Each SleepWell gummy is made with 2.5 g of Melatonin, a hormone that helps increase total sleep time. As always, when considering taking a new supplement check in your with doctor or pharmacist to make sure it’s right for you and doesn’t interfere with any medications you might be taking.
Starting a new habit can be daunting! What healthy habits do you want to start this year?