New Year resolutions are easier made than done. Most of us unconsciously get back to our old ways sooner than we anticipate. And the root cause of us not being able to shake off these habits is our poor lifestyle choices. Ever wonder what you could achieve if these bad habits were weeded out? A lot more than what you have now, right? Today, I will tell you how you can change your life in just two steps. First, stop daydreaming about your achievements and avoid wasting time on revisiting your resolutions. Secondly, practice the below mentioned steps as a ritual till they become your habits and a part of your daily life.
1. Sleep Tight, Wake Up Bright
Sleep is the most important thing, we all can agree on that. We love to sleep, but still, some of us don’t get enough sleep. The mantra is to get 6-7 hours of sound sleep to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul. Make your bed nice and cozy and crawl into it after 2-3 hours of having dinner. You can listen to soft and soothing music or read a book to help you relax. Wake up early to workout and eat breakfast before you head out to take on the world.
2. Skip Fasting, Not Breakfast
One of the advantages of waking up early is you will get time to prepare a wholesome breakfast. Breakfast is fuel for your brain, muscles, and internal organs. Having a healthy breakfast like oats is the key to a healthy body. Oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They help to reduce the bad cholesterol levels, enhance your immunity, and keep you full for a longer period. Since they are low in calories, they also help you manage your weight. Try the healthy Horlicks Oats with fruits and nuts to boost the nutritional quotient in your bowl and it takes as less as 5 minutes to cook.
3. Workout, Don’t Fade Out
Now, who doesn’t want to look young and stay fit for as long as possible? In fact, research shows that working out regularly can slow down the aging process. Choose a convenient time to workout daily to build muscle mass, lose fat, and build bone strength. Working out can also improve mental health and release “feel good” hormones, which will help you stay positive.
4. Drink Water, Waste Not
We lose water through sweat, urine, stools, and breathing. Drink 2-3 liters of water every day to keep your cells hydrated so that the body can function properly. Water aids proper bowel movement, blood circulation, and maintains homeostasis and organ function.
5. Take A Break Before Breaking A Leg
Like a clogged drainage doesn’t work, a mind with too much to worry about doesn’t function properly. Take a break every once in a while to give your mind the chance to flush out worries. Travel, play a sport, join a dancing class, paint, play your guitar, and learn new things.
6. De-stress With Yoga, Not Movies
Switch off all electronic devices and stay away from all sources of radiations as much as possible. Choose a quiet place and de-stress by practicing yoga. Take the example of Jared Leto, who swears by the powers of yoga. He doesn’t look his age and is tremendously successful in life. Since stress is the main reason for many diseases and medical conditions these days, combat it to live a peaceful life. Yoga helps us to relax and therefore cures stress-induced health conditions.
7. Quit Smoking And Drinking Too Much, Live
It is not really worth doing things that we are told not to do, especially smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Too much free oxygen radical build-up can damage your DNA, alter the cell’s functions, and damage the organs. The worst part is, you will probably transfer your mutated genes to your offsprings. Quit smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Live to fulfill your dreams.
New Year symbolizes a new beginning, a second chance, and limitless possibilities. Times gone by won’t come back, but you can definitely make your future better by taking baby steps today. Have a very healthy, happy, and happening New Year. Take care!