Staying happy and healthy in the New Year is about more than just food and exercise to me. I’m planning to take more of a holistic approach to staying healthy in 2015 than I have done in previous years. Lately I have learned that being healthy is about more than just how many calories you eat and how many sweat sessions you can pack into your week. Being healthy is also about feeding your soul, so to speak. It’s about doing things that make you a happy and more aware person.
That being said, I’ve come up with a few things I want to focus on in 2015 to be the best version of me!
Here’s how I plan to stay happy and healthy in 2015:
- Pick a word of the year
I’m sure you’ve all heard of picking a word to represent an idea to fully embrace in the coming year. It’s along the lines of a New Years’ Resolution, but it’s meant more to guide, transform and inspire you, than to hold you to a particular action. I’ve got my word choices narrowed down to two, so I’ll be sharing mine with you all as soon as I pick one!
- Add more variety to my workout routine
I was recently reintroduced to Bikram Yoga and TRX classes, thanks to ClassPass, and loved how trying outside of my normal routine reignited my passion for fitness and I was actually excited to do something other than attend spin class for the first time in a very long time. I like exercising because it makes me feel re-energized afterwards and it seems to have some sort of master power for changing a bad mood into a good one, but it shouldn’t be something I dread carving out time to do.
- Do more things for others
This doesn’t mean grand gestures or lots of time consuming projects. It could be something as simple as running an errand for a loved one to help make their day a little easier. I already started implementing this in my life toward the end of 2014 and it was amazing to see the shift my interactions with others took for the better. People always say “You get more flies with honey!” and it couldn’t be more true!
- Spend time with people that make me happy doing things that make me happy.
In the past, I’ve always been the “Yes” person and ended up over committing myself frequently to work projects I didn’t have the time for or personal commitments that I didn’t have the time for or even wanted to attend. I have a problem with saying no, so I ended up stressing out over deadlines and packing my calendar with social obligations I didn’t have time for and ran myself ragged. This year, I’m choosing quality over quantity and saying no to things I don’t want to do to make room for the things that really make me happy in life, whatever that may be.
I decided to save the best for last with self-love. You don’t have anything to offer anyone else unless you’re full first. This doesn’t make you selfish or greedy, it just means you have to take care of yourself first so you can give others access to the best version of yourself when you’re with them. Some things I’m really going to work on in 2015 are taking time for myself, slowing down and not over booking myself, like I am often guilty of doing for fear of FOMO.
Questions of the Day:
How are you planning to stay happy and healthy in 2015?
What is your word for 2015?