6 Ideas to Reset Your Routine for a Healthy New Year
The new year is always a great time to think about what habits and routines you want to take with you — and which ones you want to kick to the curb. If you are stuck in a rut, try these six simple tips for refreshing your routine for a happy and healthy 2022.
1. Get Outside
With most of our jobs requiring us to be glued to a computer, many people don’t spend nearly enough time outside — especially in nature. This year, try making a goal to get outside every day (even if just for a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood) and to get out in nature once a week (or more!)
2. Cook Through a New Cookbook
We also tend to get into cooking ruts, making the same things each and every week. If you’ve been wanting to try a new style of cuisine, buy a cookbook in that theme and start cooking your way through it.
3. Try a New Workout Class
If you always run or do spin classes, switch your workouts to include yoga and pilates. If you tend to gravitate towards lower-impact exercise, try popping in something more strenuous, like HIIT or strength training. Our bodies (and muscles) don’t like to do the same thing all the time!
4. Set a Morning Routine
Our mornings determine our days. Setting up a calming morning routine, whether it’s for 5 minutes or an entire hour, can set the tone of how you want your day to go. Some ideas include starting a meditation practice, stretching, journaling, walking outside, or reading.
5. And an Evening Routine
And, don’t forget about your evening routine! This wind-down ritual can help you get to sleep faster and clock more quality hours of shut-eye. Try shutting off all of your screens an hour before bed and using the time to read, take a bath, or enjoy time with your loved ones.
6. Declutter Your Space
A home with too much clutter can significantly impact our mood and even our productivity. This year, aim to declutter all of your spaces — one at a time if it seems too overwhelming. Studies show that decluttering reduces stress and anxiety, improves productivity and focus, and even benefits our relationships.