If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that body positivity is trending harder than a set of washboard abs. So in the name of self-love, we’re presenting five totally doable New Year’s resolutions that’ll have an enormous impact on your health goals and overall well-being, but won’t have you obsessively calorie counting or stressing over the scale.
1. Spend More Time Outdoors.
2. Eat At Least One Plant-Based Meal Every Day.
TIP: Choose a meal that you have a bit more time to plan. If mornings are too busy to make anything other than eggs and bacon, swap your usual lunchtime turkey sandwich for a hearty vegan salad. Focus on getting protein from a variety of sources such as legumes, whole grains, seeds, and nuts.
3. Reduce Your Screen Time.
If the idea sounds daunting, you don’t need to go cold turkey right away. Start by shutting down at least 30 minutes before bed and finding other quiet activities to keep you occupied. Try taking a warm bath, reading a book, writing in a journal, or some light yoga and meditation.
4. Read One Book a Month.
5. Re-Organize Your Space.
Not only does it feel completely satisfying walking into a clean, organized home, but people in organized spaces are healthier and more well rested, according to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Female participants of the study who described their homes as “cluttered” or as having “unfinished projects” had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which has been shown to lead to fatigue and unhealthy choices. Another study found people who worked in a clean office for 10 minutes were more likely to choose an apple over chocolate than those who worked in a messy office for the same amount of time. Disorganization stresses the brain, which can often lead people to turn to coping mechanisms such as comfort food.