It’s that time of year again where we all crack the bubbly, kiss our significant other at the stroke of midnight (pending we have a significant other) and make a butt-load of resolutions we’re never going to strike off our list.
That’s right, I got you pegged.
The world is full of people who make plans, promise themselves they’re going to finally get done what they want to and then break the plans a few weeks later… or they just forget about them.
Look, I get it everyone does it, so does it really matter? Well, you’re an adult now… even if you’ve been an “adult” for a while now let 2018 be the year. The year of the adult.
01. Get more sleep | It should not come as a surprise to you that sleeping and getting a good night’s rest is good for you. However, in case you need a refresher here are a few things getting a good night’s rest does for you:
- Helps your body heal
- Allows your heart to recharge for the next day’s activities
- It can help you lose weight
- It can increase concentration and productivity
- It helps keep your emotions in check and make sure your social activities go smoother
- It improves your memory
- It helps to spur creativity
So it will clearly benefit you, but how do you do it? Try setting a bedtime – the truth is real adults have bedtimes. Knowing that you’re not going to get it right every night, especially not at the beginning try slowly getting to bed a bit earlier. Let’s say your ideal time for bed is 10 pm, but you currently head to bed around midnight – start small with heading to bed at 11:30 pm for a week, then 11… and continue until you reach your desired bedtime. After a while, it’ll become routine. I personally head to bed at 10 every night and wake up at 4:30 – it seems crazy but it works for me!
02. Drink more water | Much like sleep, keeping yourself hydrated is very important. The average adult should drink about 2L or eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This is, of course, an average I found off the web and you are encouraged to consult with your family doctor to be sure you are getting the proper amount of liquids (you’re welcome, legal team).
Drinking more water in a day does not have to be a challenge (though I admit at times I’m not great at it) but instead of gutting your liquid intake and trying to swap it for all water (which most of us will fail at) try starting with adding in a glass of water when you begin your day. Instead of firing up the coffee maker and having that be the first thing in, try slipping a quick glass of water in there first. Then slip one in before bed, that’s two extra glasses right there and hopefully, it will turn into more when you find out how great it is!
03. Read more | It might surprise you to find out but reading can be good for your health too!
- Reading reduces stress
- Frequent reading is said to decrease mental decline in the elderly
- If you consistently read before bed, the routine can help you fall asleep faster
- Reading is said to be able to make you braver, and those that read about something being done in a book (like climbing a mountain or running a marathon) are more likely to do it
OK, so we don’t have any scientific research at our fingertips to back this one up but our writers are all avid readers and they will all back me up on the sentiment that when they go through periods where they read constantly, they are much happier. When they stop doing that
Reading more doesn’t have to mean spending hours reading a day – as little as 10 minutes makes a big difference… trust me, I read around 15 – 30 minutes a day for me before bed and I experience reduced stress levels, fall asleep faster and sleep better. So try cracking open a book in the half hour before you go to bed, read a chapter or two and shut your book.
New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, but mostly I think it’s because we get excited at the beginning at the year and pile a ton of expectations on ourselves that we’ll never be able to keep simply because there are too much. I suggest trying to make a few small changes instead of pressing reset on your entire life. It’s a new year, not a new life. Give yourself some credit and try one thing at a time.