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“What are the healthiest habits to adopt in the New Year that can improve your quality of living?”
Do a Cleaning Purge
Regular clean-outs are a great habit to build this year. After moving recently, I came to realize that the things I was holding onto were not serving me and just creating clutter. I found stuff that I hadn’t seen in years. This prompted me to schedule a monthly clean out, where I get rid of 5–10 items that I never use. This regular habit should ensure that when it comes time to move again, I have far fewer things to sort through. In today’s consumer economy, remember to clean out your things once in a while. You’ll thank me later.
Dan Potter, Co-Founder, CRAFTD London
Keep in Touch With People
Keeping in touch with people is a wonderful way to enrich your life in the New Year. Whether it’s people you’ve met more recently or people you haven’t spoken to in ages, maintaining communication with those you care about can be very emotionally healing.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to procrastinate with this, especially for friends or family members who do not live in the same city as you. So how about pushing yourself to call up a long-lost friend? We all get so addicted to social media that comments or “likes” substitute actual conversations. Let’s bring back genuine connections and heart-to-hearts. You may not realize how much you need it until you make it happen. -- Maegan Griffin, Founder, CEO, & Nurse Practitioner, Skin Pharm
Figure Out What Self-Care Looks Like
Self-care is the best new healthy habit to adopt in the new year that will improve your quality of life. The beauty of self-care is that it is unique to the person. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all because we are all nourished and supported differently. For some, self-care could be a morning run before work, while journaling and meditation could be exactly what the doctor ordered for someone else. The important thing is for people to do some inner work to figure out what they need and commit to doing that in the new year, and they will see a significant improvement in their quality of life. -- Ann McFerran, CEO, Glamnetic
Get Outdoors and Travel More
With the onset of remote work allowing us to work from just about anywhere in the world, it’s the perfect excuse to get outside and travel more. Aside from immersing yourself in new cultures and cuisines, travel enables you to expand your mind to new ways of living — and it also makes you smarter and more resourceful. All in all, a great way to get a healthy dose of the outdoors while exploring the abundance that this earth has to offer us! -- Guy Sharp, Relocation Advisor, Andorra Guides
There is a strong correlation between gratitude and happiness. By practicing gratitude, you feel more optimistic and better about your life. This promotes an innate sense of positivity that fuels healthy relationships, communication, and engagement with those around you. Gratitude can be practiced in a wide variety of ways, including giving back to your community, or even a family member, or friend, proudly talking about your blessings rather than dwelling on what you lack, and writing a letter of gratitude to a loved one, or someone significant in your life, among many other ways. Remember to be patient with yourself as you ingratiate these habits into your daily life in the New Year. Don’t fret if you forget to perform a habit now and then. Instead, have a strategy in place for when you come up short and move forward. -- Andrew Chen, Chief Product Officer, videeo.live
Schedule Regular Medical Screenings
For healthy habits, people focus on issues connected with diet, exercise, sleep schedule, or generally speaking, all things lifestyle. Still, one more important custom we should all take up is getting routine medical tests regularly. It does not take a lot of effort, is often within your medical plan or the benefits provided by your employer, and can be the single most beneficial thing you can do for your health. Early detection can be key in curing various diseases. So do not wait — book your 2023 tests right now.
-- Piotrek Sosnowski, Chief People & Culture Officer, HiJunior
Write Your Short-Term Goals
You can still make overall goals for your year, but it really helps to write your short-term goals first. That way, you can see yourself crossing off each step that’s needed to accomplish the bigger picture. By writing it down, you can feel that sense of accomplishment while ensuring you hold yourself accountable throughout the year. -- Lionel Mora, CEO, Neoplants
Purchase a 64 Oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Drink more water. We’ve heard the advice for decades, but it’s hard to implement during a busy workweek. To make this habit easier, purchase a 48 oz or 64 oz stainless steel water bottle that will keep your beverage cold all day. By purchasing one of these jumbo sizes, you only have to fill it up in the morning and you’re done. If you buy a high-quality one, you won’t have to worry about your water becoming room temperature. Drinking enough water each day will improve the complexion of your skin, increase your energy levels, flush out toxins, aid in digestion, and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Kim Walls, CEO & Co-Founder, Furtuna Skin
Choose Your Affirmation
A positive mindset is a non-negotiable aspect of improving one’s quality of life. Shifting your mindset can be challenging. However, it yields significant benefits once you finally achieve it. Choose an affirmation to focus on in the New Year. Write it down on a piece of paper and plaster it anywhere, and everywhere you will see it often, such as on a wall, in your mirror, your refrigerator, or in your wallet. This will help train your mind to think positively. There are plenty of affirmations to choose from to align with your current wants and needs. A few affirmations to consider include: I am healthy, I am courageous; I am strong, or I am bringing abundance into my life every day. Whatever you choose, say it out loud, recite it, and memorize it, as you use it as motivation to improve your quality of life in the New Year. -- Dakota McDaniels, Chief Product Officer, Pluto
Learn to Say “No”
Learn to say, “No” to things that are shiny objects and distract from your big goals. Filter your RSVPs and commitment to projects through a big-picture lens. Make sure you prioritize spending time working towards your dreams. Saying yes to too many things not only leads to unfulfilled ambitions but unhealthy stress and overwhelm as well. Just say, “No.” -- Kenneth Lin, CEO, BOOP Bakery
I hate diets. So, last year I took a long course in intuitive eating and adopted it. While associating with food, so naturally this takes a while. It gives you a chance to connect with your body and achieve more. Soon I could tell when I was truly full, I felt more energized, and I trusted my food intake a lot more than before. Definitely continuing with this tradition the next year!
Uttiya Roy, Marketing Manager, Wise Leap Technologies
Clear Your Energy at the End of Every Day
Every day, we encounter other people and thought forms that can linger within our own energy field. The energy that is not yours can slow you down. You may start feeling a certain way and not know why. You might start having thoughts that don’t really feel like “you,” yet you believe they are yours. Whether you live with other people; go out in public and walk past strangers; or simply think about other people — you are encountering other energies all day long. By taking a few minutes every day to deliberately and intentionally return to sender and call back your own energy, you’ll notice how much lighter and happier you can feel on a consistent basis. -- Kim O’Neill, Authentic Confidence & Interview Coach, Kim O’Neill Coaching
Begin Your Mornings With a Glass of Water
Start your day with a glass of water. People are dehydrated first thing in the morning, as your body naturally loses fluids overnight. Getting into the habit of having a glass first thing in the morning will help you be more awake and alert. Proper hydration is key for a healthy lifestyle, so making that a habit for 2023 is a great way to improve. -- Carrie Shaltz Haslup, Founder & CEO, Tabeeze
Strive for More Deep Sleep
Sleep is one of the most achievable New Year’s resolutions to adopt. Who doesn’t want to get more quality deep sleep? Plus, it’s a well-known fact that sleep is vital for the body. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to so many poor quality of living outcomes. There are so many easy ways to improve your sleeping habits. Simply start by looking at your bedtime routine and make some basic changes. -- Marc Werner, CEO & Founder, GhostBed
Live in the Present Moment
Living in the present moment is probably the single most healthy habit one can adopt to improve their quality of life. What does it mean to live in the present? It means being 100% focused on whatever is happening right now, right in front of you, at the current moment in time. Being present means giving 100% of your focused attention to the matter at hand. For example, if you’re out to lunch with a friend, being present means enjoying the taste of your food, listening to your friend’s stories, and sharing your own. It means enjoying the moment to its fullest by being 100% “there,” as opposed to worrying about what may have happened earlier that morning, or thinking about everything you still have to do after lunch. It also means putting away your mobile device! (just while you’re living in the present moment with your friend). To learn how to do this, I would recommend two books. The first is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and the second is The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. -- Chris Klein, Founder, AstroRover
Limit Alcohol Consumption
While it’s okay to enjoy an occasional drink, it’s important to limit your alcohol intake in order to reduce your risk of health problems, such as liver disease and certain types of cancer. If you drink thrice a week, you can start by reducing it to twice a week and then slowly to once-a-week drinking. -- William Toro Quientero, Sports & Nutrition Editor, Welcyon
One healthy habit to adopt in the new year that can improve your quality of living is getting regular exercise. Exercise has many benefits for physical and mental health, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases, improving sleep, and boosting mood and energy levels. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
By making exercise a regular part of your routine, you can improve your overall quality of living and enjoy the many physical and mental health benefits that come with it. -- Virginie Glaenzer, Fractional CMO, AcornOak Agency Cooperative