Take these incremental steps to a better 2024

declutter or keepThe New Year is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and how we can improve in the new year. However, big goals and changes for the new year, while admirable, can be difficult to stick with. Instead, try small life changes that can lead to a big change in your overall lifestyle. To inspire you, we suggest these four reasonable resolutions that can help you achieve a healthier new year.

Balance time on social media

Using social media can be a fun way to connect with friends and family. However, overusing social media can have detrimental effects on your mental health.* Decrease your use of social media by utilizing your phone’s “screen time” settings. Set reasonable time limits for social media apps to remind you when it is time to stop scrolling.

Clear out the clutter

Your surroundings and environment can have an impact on your mental wellbeing. A cluttered space can cause feelings of stress and anxiety.** Tackle small areas of your home, like a closet or dresser, to declutter. Create a plan on how to better organize what you regularly use; donate or throw away what you don’t/can’t use.

Embrace healthier alternatives

Following strict diets can be hard after years of unhealthy habits. Turn the tide by slowly making reasonable adjustments to your diet. For example, if you like to indulge in a midday snack of chips or sweets, swap it with sliced fruits or veggies.

Get your body moving

Hitting the gym for an intense workout for the first time in years can cause more damage than good. Instead, slowly incorporate more movement in your day to day. Take a midday walk after lunch or plan a weekend outdoor activity like a hike. Being active can be fun and your body will thank you!

Big changes often start with small steps. As you successfully make habit changes to improve your mental and physical health, it can become easier to keep the momentum going and continue to make more substantial changes. Good luck and have a Happy New Year!

* National Library of Medicine
** American Psychology Association