Were you able to keep all of your New Year’s resolutions in 2016? Even if the answer is no, it is always important to reassess and readapt your annual objectives. With the start of the New Year, it is the perfect time to think about the opportunities being offered to you as well as the goals you would like to reach in 2017. Whether you have personal or professional objectives, your happiness and wellbeing are important aspects to keep in mind during this process.

We often hear the same resolutions year after year: improving our physical and mental health, financial situation, etc. It is a theme that is relevant for many people around the world, and maybe even for you. Discover 5 New Year’s resolutions to help you improve your health and self-confidence in 2017.

1. Exercise in a Smart Way

As we all know, January is a very busy month for gyms and exercise centers. However, a large portion of people who sign up will stop training after only a few weeks.

It is therefore important to set realistic and attainable goals for yourself. Find a balance between the results you want and what you are physically capable of doing. There is no point in starting too strong and quitting right away. Remember the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare”: in the end, the tortoise is the one who crossed the finish line first. Slow and steady wins the race, as they say.

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2. Eat a Healthy Diet (and really commit to it)

Improving our health by eating a healthy diet allows us to lose weight, be fitter, and gives our body what it needs to function properly day-to-day. However, temptations can be strong when we make radical changes to our eating habits.

If you are in the habit of eating “junk food” regularly, it will be very difficult to make sustainable changes to your diet. As with exercise, just take it slow. To start off on the right foot, plan your meals every day. This will stop you from going to a restaurant at lunch time or giving in to unhealthy treats between meals. Meal planning will also help you to save a lot of money.

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3. Drink Less Coffee and More Tea

It isn’t necessary to eliminate coffee entirely, but it could be a good idea to limit the number of cups you drink in a day. If you are in need of your daily dose of caffeine, opt for a good cup of tea.

By increasing your tea consumption, you will be receiving all the health benefits this drink has to offer. With so many varieties to choose from, the possibilities are endless and your body will thank you.

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4. Spend More Time with the People you Love

Having a routine is usually seen as something positive to help you be more productive day-to-day. However, it can also lead you to neglect certain aspects of your life, such as your family and friends. Try to get out of your comfort zone. Call close friends or family members you haven’t seen in a long time. Organize activities and spend quality time together. Build wonderful memories that you will cherish for years to come.

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5. Do Something Crazy this Year

Whether you want to take a trip, start a business, or bungee jump: go for it! By putting off your dreams each year, you will have less time and energy to achieve them as time goes by. Whatever your dreams may be, make a bucket list and set deadlines for yourself. Start by trying to accomplish at least one of your projects this year.

Even though it can seem difficult or even impossible to some, keep in mind that we only have one life to live and it is quickly passing us by. No one can live your life for you, so why not take the plunge?

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Finally, your New Year’s Resolutions should not only require you to put in effort at the beginning of the year. It is easy to set goals and write them down on a piece of paper, but you need to know how to get started.

Did you know that to change a habit an individual needs to repeat a new routine at least 2 months (approximately 66 days) before it is really adopted? This is why it is important to always give your 100% and put all your efforts into achieving your goals. To begin eating healthy, doing exercise, or achieving our dreams, all we have to do is take the first step.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?