5 Ways To Energize in the New Year
New Year’s resolutions are one of life’s great motivators. Unfortunately, it’s hard to feel motivated when you don’t have the energy to go out and get things done. As you start another trip around the sun, here are five simple tips to help you feel like you’ve got the vim and vigor to do what you want to do.
1. Take More Walks
Whatever the problem, walking is part of the solution. Improved circulation, muscle activity, oxygen intake—it’s all included in this physiological wonder drug. On top of that, you get to go places and see more. Make sure you’ve got the right accessories for your walker and get out there!
2. Connect With Friends and Family
No matter your age, it’s harder to do things on your own. Spending time with the people you love will help your mental health and keep you invested in your goals for the year. Just stopping by the neighbors to ask about their holidays can put a little bounce in your step. If you tend toward seclusion, use your New Year’s resolve to fight that impulse.
3. Rest Up
Of all the things that zap your energy, a lack of sleep is the biggest culprit. Stop watching TV and looking at screens at least half an hour before you lie down, don’t have caffeine too late in the afternoon, and keep your bedroom at a comfortable sleeping temperature. If getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom is a sleep-depriving struggle, make sure you have the right bed rails to aid in those trips.
4. Do a Little Prep Work
So many hours go into everyday activities that seem simple but drain your energy. Little things like prepping breakfast or lunch the night before can free up almost an hour of your day, giving you more time to spend on activities you enjoy. From setting out the next day’s clothes to getting up 15 minutes early for your shower, time-saving measures can end up being energy savers as well.
5. Eat Well
Maybe this needs to be on your resolution list. If feeling better and having more energy are important to you, a healthy diet is essential. Take it easy on sweets and carbs, get lots of fiber, plenty of water, and just listen to your body. Now that you’re past the temptations of the holiday season, focus on eating foods that are good for you and help you feel energized throughout the day.
Even if you don’t make good on all those big New Year’s dreams, you should take advantage of whatever inspiration you feel to try new things and be more active. Take steps to keep your energy up and you’ll be off to a great start in 2023!