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1. Be more grateful
When life gets hectic and stressful, it’s easy to fall into a downward spiral of negativity and to forget to be grateful for what you have. So how do we change that? It all starts with one simple word – Gratitude! Now you’re probably thinking – “of course I’m grateful for what I have”. And while that might be true, how many of us truly practice and express gratitude on a daily basis? Studies have shown that practicing gratitude and positive thinking daily can actually reduce stress and anxiety, and make us happier people. So, if you want to start being more grateful this year, here are some tips to help you get started:
2. Begin every day with a short meditation
Why is daily meditation so important? It’s pretty simple –
Still not convinced? Try it for a week and observe how you feel. Not sure how or where to begin? Here are some great phone apps that’ll help you start your daily meditation practice!
To help reduce anxiety and stress, many doctors will also recommend meditation for new moms and pregnant ladies.
3. Drink more water
We all know the countless benefits of drinking lots of water! Yet, drinking plenty of water is something we don’t really prioritize. Here are some ways in which you can increase your daily water consumption:
4. Plan ahead of time
Being organized is easier said than done. But, once done, it can truly keep stress away, helping you feel more relaxed. Want some tips on how to be more organized? Click here to read 10 secrets of super-organized Moms.
5. Practice self-care
When was the last time you spent some time just focusing on your own needs? Prioritize self-care. Not only is it good for your own well-being, but taking good care of yourself also helps you take better care of those around you. Here’s some self-care tips to get you going. Pick any one day of the week (weekends usually work best) and take a few hours to simply take care of yourself. Whether it’s taking a long luxurious bath and indulging in some DIY skincare, going to watch a movie on your own, taking a long walk, spending some time at the salon or simply doing anything that makes you feel good, make the time and do it.
Self-care is also particularly important for new moms and can help greatly in reducing postpartum blues. Click here to read our article on post-pregnancy care tips for new mothers.
6. Read a little every day
The benefits of reading books are innumerable. Reading is food for the brain! Read a little every day, even if all you have are a few spare minutes. Join an online book club to get monthly recommendations. We love this one by Reese Witherspoon. Here are some of her top recommendations to help you get started!
If you’re a soon-to-be Mom, check out our list of ’10 helpful books to read while you’re pregnant’!
7. Exercise regularly
Not all of us have the time and/or motivation to hit the gym daily, go to an exercise class or for a long run. But exercise is VITAL and so, here are some tips to help you get some more exercise regularly.
Will you be adopting all/any of these habits this year? Share your own resolutions below.