8 Ways to Feel Better for the New Year
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you looking for some ways to feel less stressed, improve the quality of your life and just basically feel better?
Now that the year is coming to a close, many people view New Years Day as a time for turning over a new leaf. And while making New Year’s resolutions are a great idea in theory, even those with the best intentions often have a hard time sticking to them and often find that they are setting themselves up for failure. But there are some simple changes that you can make now to improve the quality of your life that are easy to do. Here are 8 ways to feel better for the new year!
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Here are some tips to help you get more sleep naturally:
1. Avoid Caffeine after 2pm. I start off every day with a huge 24oz tumbler of iced coffee, and there is no way I am going to give that up. And if you love drinking coffee too, you shouldn’t have to either! But if you find yourself having trouble getting to sleep at night, you might want to make sure to limit your caffeine intake after 2pm. This includes soda, energy drinks, and even some over the counter pain relievers like Excedrin that have caffeine in them. According to the website Caffeine Informer the half-life for caffeine in humans is anywhere from 4 to 6 hours on average, which explains why the average energy drink or coffee’s effect lasts about 4 to 6 hours. If you limit caffeine after 2pm, by the time 8pm rolls around, the effects should have worn off leaving time for your body ready to unwind before bed.
2. Limit distractions at bedtime. This is sometimes more easily said than done. It can be especially difficult if you or your partner like to fall asleep to the TV at night and even harder if you go to bed at different times. For example, my husband goes to bed late and he likes to fall asleep with the TV on. What drives me crazy is that he can fall asleep the minute his head hits the pillow! It’s totally unfair. And then to top it all off, he snores like a buzzsaw. Sometimes this makes it hard for me to get to sleep as the light and the sound of the TV (and his snoring) keep me awake. And on nights when I am particularly restless, I purposefully do NOT look at the clock as it only makes me more stressed out about how little time I have left to sleep before I have to wake up for work. But I can still tell how much time has gone by when I hear the closing credits from one TV show to the next. Great…there goes another half hour. So to help me deal with the light and noise, I use a sleep mask every night like this sleep kit from EyeSnug. This kit contains 2 memory foam eye masks and ear plugs so you can even give one to your partner or just have an extra one to keep in your travel bag. This has been a life saver!
3. Try natural sleeping aids. Over the counter sleeping aids can leave you feeling foggy the next day and are often habit forming. But there are alternatives out there that are natural and just as effective. I have been hearing really good things about Melatonin as a natural sleep aid, but I was concerned that taking ANYTHING would give me that awful groggy, zombie effect the next morning. Since I had the opportunity to try out these gummies in exchange for my honest review, I figured I would try it on a weekend night when I don’t have to wake up early the next day. These Melatonin gummies from Nutrabear are perfect for the job!
The first night I tried them, I took the full dosage of 2 gummies. I was surprised at how good they tasted. It was hard to not want to take more. I didn’t really feel anything for a while, but then after around 45 mins, I felt it kick in! It felt like being on a very mild muscle relaxer. And if you have ever taken muscle relaxers, you know the feeling is very pleasant. When I went to bed, I fell asleep in about 10 mins – even with the TV on. And I stayed asleep the entire night. When I woke up about 8 hours later, I felt refreshed and well rested. I did not feel groggy at all.
- I like that these are gummies rather than pills. They are extremely easy to take and you can control how much you are consuming.
- The texture is very soft. You don’t even really need to chew them all that much. You just take a bite and that’s pretty much it. It kind of melts in your mouth.
- They taste really good – like strawberry
- Good for adults and children over 2. I would suggest that you give your child only 1 as they are potent.
- Only 15 calories per serving
- You get a full month supply.
I have been taking them nightly for the past week, even on days I have to wake up early for work and get about 6-7 hours of sleep. I haven’t had any trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. And since I’m not waking up in the middle of the night, I am getting better quality sleep and still no morning grogginess. I think this is a much better alternative to sleeping pills, just remember to take them an hour before bedtime for best results.
Since I have personally started practicing all of the tips above, I swear that I have never slept better!
Have you been feeling a little run-down and under the weather? The culprit is probably your diet. Here are some easy ways to get your diet on track:
4. Check your PH levels daily. When your pH levels aren’t properly balanced, you can experience physical symptoms such as indigestion, fatigue, body pain, and headaches. This means that you probably have too much acidity in your body. High acidity is often the result of a poor diet. But you can take steps to fix this and feel better! And the first step is by testing your body’s pH health with HealthyWiser pH strips. Check out my how to video here:
- Reduce to a minimum or eliminate acidic beverages such as soda, alcohol, coffee, processed fruit drinks, and energy drinks.etc
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If you strive to achieve a healthy lifestyle look into raw food diet or a whole foods plant based diet. That helps eliminate a lot of acidity since all cooked food is acidic. Switching to a raw food diet can dramatically impact your pH level. If you even include 80 percent raw and 20 percent cooked food diet into your lifestyle that already can impact your health and maintain a proper pH balance.
- Reduce stress. The hormones from stress can result in acid reactions in the body. Therefore, reducing stress is vital even if simply by taking ten deep breaths on a daily basis.
- Breathe for more energy. This will also help move the acids out of your body. So that you can concentrate on your breathing with no distractions, lay down on your bed and breathe into your abdomen deeply and gently. Practice doing this every day till you are doing it naturally all day every day.
- Last but not least, test your pH levels daily with HealthyWiser pH strips to remind you to make healthy choices in your everyday life. And right now I am giving away a box of these HealthyWiser pH Test Strips ($11.00 value) to one lucky winner.
5. Keep a food journal. There’s no better way to keep track of how much fat, sodium, and calories you are consuming in a single day. If the task of writing down everything you eat sounds daunting, there are some fantastic apps out there that take the guesswork out of it and make it easy and effortless. My personal favorites are LiveStrong and MyFitnessPal. What I like about these apps are that they have a huge database of food and even include most major restaurants. I personally have been using MyFitnessPal every single day for over 3 years now and it has helped me lose over 20lbs (which was my goal) and allows me to maintain it. The mobile app even has a bar code scanner so you can just scan whatever you are eating and it logs it for you. It also remembers your most frequent or recent meals. Just the act of logging your calories every day will help you lose weight! You will automatically be more conscientious of what you are eating, therefore more likely to eat and feel better.
This is sometimes very hard to do. Juggling work, family, school, and finances (to name a few) can all be major causes of stress. Here are some ways to help reduce a little stress and improve your overall well-being:
6. Turn a stressful situation into something positive. Even if the only alone time you have is during your hour long morning commute, or while you are cleaning your house, you can still put on your favorite music and take that time to sing or dance along in your car if you want to. As long as it is something that you enjoy, there is no reason why you can’t turn a stressful situation into one that is more pleasant. Who cares if the guy in the car next to you thinks you’re crazy? He probably wishes he could enjoy sitting in traffic as much as you are. Or what about those days when you just can’t turn your mind off? Try making a to-do list. The natural act of writing things down can often put a lot of things into perspective and clear your head of nagging, unwanted thoughts which can help you feel better.
7. Get a hobby. Whether it’s reading books, cooking, or playing video games, it’s important to find an outlet that allows you to escape the world for a while. Is there something you have always wanted to learn but never have had the opportunity? Perhaps you could look into taking a class at a local community college or online. My hobby is finding ways to get free stuff and writing product reviews. It’s very hard to find the time to do this since I work a full time job and have a family to care for when I get home. But after my son goes to bed and on weekends, I make some time for myself to blog. It is a creative outlet and makes me feel like I’m doing something productive. Even if your hobby is just vegging out in front of the TV, if it helps you to relax, it is good for your health and well-being.
8. Socialize. Spending time with friends can be a great way to reduce stress. Even if you are an introvert, there are sure to be people out there who are into the same types of things you are. Finding these people with whom you have things in common are a treasure. For example, you can sign up for a dog obedience class where your dog is the focus of attention, but you are still with people who are sharing a common interest. It’s a great way to make new friends. Socializing, even if it’s only for a short time, is a great way to boost your confidence and increase your happiness.
This is just a small sampling of ways to feel better for the new year. I hope you find some of these ideas helpful and maybe even a little informative. Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful New Year!
What tips to you have for getting a good night’s sleep or reducing stress in your life? What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**