5 Helpful Habits to Start off 2015 Right

Does the thought of making a New Year’s resolution make you cringe? Forgo making a grand, sweeping goal this year — like losing 100 lbs. or organizing every inch of the house. Instead, try adding simple, healthy habits to your everyday routine. You’re more likely to stick to small changes than pushing toward an unusually lofty annual goal.

5 Helpful Habits for Women

Eat more whole, healthy foods

Try adding a piece of fruit or a vegetable to your favorite meals. For example, if your go-to breakfast is oatmeal with brown sugar and butter, try topping the hot cereal with fresh blueberries and a drizzle of honey instead. Is pizza delivery on the menu tonight? Make a colorful side salad as an appetizer so you fill up a bit and eat less calorie-heavy pizza.

Sneak exercise into your day

Next time you head to the shopping mall or grocery store, pick the farthest space from the doors. Then, spend a little extra time browsing and walking around the store. Each extra step you take helps keep you fit.

Dust off a hobby

Has it been weeks, months, or even years since you picked up your knitting needles or experimented with a new recipe just for fun? Try replacing just a half hour of television watching or Internet surfing in the evenings with working on a hobby to keep your creativity and happiness elevated.

Do something for others

You don’t have to commit to long volunteer hours at a local organization to do nice things for others. Send a friend a thank you note, pick up the tab for the person behind you at the coffee shop, or shovel the snow off your neighbor’s sidewalk to pay it forward.

Schedule more “me” time

Women get busy. Between family commitments, work, and caring for a household, things get a little crazy. Never apologize for adding a relaxing weekly yoga class, card night with girlfriends or weekend lunch with your sweetheart to the calendar.

What are you waiting for! Get started today. Since you’re not making one huge change, it’s easy to start adding these simple ideas to your day. Tell us in the comments below what you’re doing today!