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December 21, 2018

New Year's Habits

Let’s be honest… we all make new year’s resolutions that slowly fail. How can you make those goals stick for 2019? Focus on small, monthly habits that can help you reach an overall resolution. From your Health & Wellness Committee, here are some suggested monthly habits to develop over the next year for your overall health & wellness:

  • January: Bring your lunch to work every day. If you plan ahead, you’re more likely to make healthy choices. You don’t have to eat the same thing every day. Use the internet to help you plan your lunches week by week.  
  • February: Consciously drink more water. Determine how much water you should consume daily and designate a bottle to drink from every day. Don’t forget to set up a cut off time to have all your water consumed by so you aren’t up throughout the night.
  • March: Meditation is essential. Can you meditate every day in March? See Easy Office Meditation from November 2018 Health & Wellness tip.
  • April: Develop a sleeping schedule. Determine how many hours you need to feel rested the next morning and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • May: Consume fruits and veggies daily. How many fruits and veggies does your body need daily? Set a specific amount to consume daily. Incorporate them into each meal.
  • June: Move your body! Can you commit to moving your body 3 times per week or 30 minutes per day? Go for a walk, ride a bike, or even play chase with your kids (or friends). It all counts!
  • July: Cut ONE thing from your diet. Trying to cut out sugar, processed foods, and fried foods all at one time is overwhelming. Instead, identify one unhealthy eat habit you can cut and focus on that everyday this month.
  • August: Phone/Tablet/Social Media Detox. Set specific times to unplug each day. You can start small and build up time as the month goes on.  I promise your Facebook feed will still be there. 
  • September: Stretch every day. Can you commit to 30 days of yoga? It can be at home or at a studio. Purchase or stream a video or focus on 5 stretches to do every day.
  • October: Walk daily. This doesn’t have to be a 5-mile hike after work. This could be a five-minute walk around your office every hour, a 30-minute treadmill walk during lunch, or a power walk in the morning.
  • November: Reduce stress and focus on self-care. Make time for your specific self-care needs weekly. Value your alone time, take time to rest and schedule your weekly self-care needs.
  • December: Love your body. You just spent the year focusing on your overall health and wellness.  Enjoy the holidays with friends and family and start thinking about next year’s monthly habits
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Jennifer Hostetter

Co-Chair, Health & Wellness Committee

Brian Karpf

Co-Chair, Health & Wellness Committee