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6 Positive New Year Habits

Wake up early, exercise, smile and other simple ways to feel better fast in the new year.

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A brand new year lies ahead; it’s a time where many people set big life goals. Maybe you plan to run a marathon or start a graduate program. But you don’t need major life changes to improve your mental and physical health. Small tweaks to your daily routine can make a world of difference. Try incorporating some of these new year habits into your own life and see how you feel after a week or two. We bet you’ll be surprised at the results!

Woman makes tea in the morning as her new years habit

Wake up early and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in silence.

One of the best ways to start the day is by waking up early and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea in silence. This gives you time to reflect on the day ahead, to connect with God and to take a moment to be grateful for what you have. The peace and quiet of the morning can help you to center yourself and to prepare for the challenges of the day ahead.

Woman walking at sunset for her new years habit

Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day

It is a well-known fact that exercise is good for your health. It can help to improve cardiovascular health, increase strength and flexibility, and even boost your mood. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to fit in a workout. If you are struggling to make exercise a part of your daily routine, schedule it in the same way that you do your faith-based activities. Just as you set aside time each day for prayer or Bible study, carve out 30 minutes (or more) for a healthy walk, jog, or bike ride. Not only will you reap many physical benefits, but you can also enjoy some much-needed alone time in the fresh air. Plus, you may even find that your faith becomes stronger as you make time for regular exercise.

Man eats breakfast by his window for his new years habit

Eat breakfast every morning, even if it’s just a piece of fruit or some yogurt

Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day. But why? Nutritionists often report that eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism and provides essential nutrients. But there’s more to it than that. Breakfast is also a time to reflect on the day ahead and to give thanks for the blessings in your life. It’s a time to connect with your loved ones and to set your intention for the day. In short, breakfast can be viewed as a sacred ritual that nourishes body and soul.

Woman reading a book in bed as her new years habit

Take time to relax and read before bedtime

Just like our bodies need time to rest and recover from the day’s activities, our minds need time to wind down as well. One of the best ways to promote relaxation is to read before bedtime. A 2009 study found that just six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68 percent and promotes better sleep. When we take time to relax and read before bedtime, we’re giving our mind and body the opportunity to recharge so that we can start the next day refreshed and ready to face whatever comes our way. Many people report that reading the Bible before bed helps them feel closer to God.

Woman sitting alone on a dock by the sea for her new years habit

Make time for yourself each day, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes

It is important to make time for yourself each day, even if it is just 10-15 minutes. This time can be used to meditate, focus on your relationship with God, or simply to be quiet. When you take this time for yourself, it allows you to recharge and refocus on what is important. It also allows you to avoid burnout and maintain a healthy balance between work and play. If you are having trouble finding the time, take the step to put your alone time in your daily planner so you never forget!

Man smiling outside for his new years habit

Smile at a stranger

It has been said that a smile is the universal language of compassion. In a world where so many of us feel disconnected and alone, a simple act of kindness—like smiling at someone—can make all the difference. When we reach out to others with a smile, we are reminded that we are all connected and of the divine presence that exists within each one of us.  So the next time you see a stranger, take a moment to give them a smile. You never know what kind of impact you may have on their day.  And it’s good for you, too. Scientific studies have shown smiling can cause the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, both of which can naturally boost your mood.


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