With the arrival of the New Year many people will have been thinking of resolutions to help make their lives a little better in 2014. These suggestions will help you start looking and feeling better – and a happier life means a more productive, richer life!
Go to bed earlier
Don’t worry about watching just one more episode on Netflix, having one more game of Candy Crush or posting just one more tweet – turn everything off (especially the lights) and get to sleep earlier. You’ll feel better in the mornings because you’re well rested, and with the extra energy you have you’ll be able to do all the other things that will make you look and feel better.
This doesn’t mean you necessarily have to join a gym – studies have shown that even getting out of the house for a brisk 20 minute walk is a benefit to your body and mind. If you’re not used to exercise you can always start out gently and work up to more vigorous activity.
Try out a new pair of eyes
Want a completely new look without shelling out loads of money – for an eye-catching change why not try coloured contact lenses? Whether you have a sight deficiency or 20/20 vision, coloured contacts can help you create a completely new look just by changing the colour of your eyes.
Countless studies have shown that getting lost in a book is a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day. If you think you don’t like reading you just haven’t found the right book yet – if you don’t like the idea of spending hours searching the vast collection on Amazon just head to your local bookstore or library and someone is bound to recommend a book that’ll catch your interest.
Change your diet
If you’re looking for a way to make yourself feel better consider making small changes to your diet. Trade in regular pasta for the wholemeal variety, replace red meat with fatty fish, and cut down on processed foods and refined sugars. Not only will healthy eating make you feel better, it’ll also help you start to look better.
Spend more time with your friends and family
If you want to be happier for longer studies suggest you should spend your time with the people nearest to you. With social media becoming such a significant part of our lives many of us are actually spending less time with friends and family
Do a good deed
Plenty of people insist there’s no such thing as a selfless deed – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Look for opportunities to help people, even if it means going out of your way, and you’ll lift your mood and make someone else very happy.
Drink more water
The benefits of keeping your body hydrated are practically endless – and yet many of us simply aren’t drinking enough water. Replacing high calorie drinks with water can help you lose weight if combined with an active lifestyle and healthy diet, but drinking water also has a positive affect on the mood.
Researches from the University of Kansas have shown that even faking a smile can boost your mood and help reduce stress, proving that simply turning that frown upside down can be a great help. And smiling doesn’t only make you feel better –it also makes those around you feel better.
Have a spring clean
It might still be winter, but having a spring clean and clearing any clutter from your home is a straightforward way to get your life in order for the following year. Throwing out junk you’ve held onto for the new year can make you feel as if you’re in control of your life and looking forward.