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5 Healthy Habits To Kick Off 2018

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It can seem difficult to make sudden, drastic changes to one’s life.  That’s the reason why most New Year's resolutions are long forgotten by the end of the first week of the New Year.

However, what most individuals don’t know is that it takes about three weeks to get comfortable with a new habit. So we've put together top 5 ideas that can totally change your personal and financial wellbeing this new year.  Just add one of these habits each month in 2018 and by year's end you'll be looking and feeling better than ever.

1) START WITH EXERCISE IN SMALL DOSES

We understand that it may not be possible to hit the gym instantly or start exercising 30 mins everyday if you have not done this before. The good news: Every little bit counts.

Dozens of studies have concluded that short bouts of high-intensity exercise — as little as 16 minutes accumulated throughout the day  — are also effective in improving blood pressure, blood sugar levels, endurance and other important health markers. Not a bad start at all. Isn’t it?

Take just a few minutes each day to perform a set of squats, push-ups or go for walks/jog and get off the elevator a floor early to take the stairs.

2) LEARN TO MEDITATE 

None of us is unaware of the benefits of regular meditation. It is known to transform the structure of our brain and also improve the way in which our neurons interact with each other. These physical changes correspond with a long list of psychological improvements such as better stress management, anxiety reduction, addiction control, decreased depression and increased cognitive function. Regular meditators also enjoy improved blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels and even cellular health.

3) EAT MORE GREENS

We can never undermine the importance of cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens.  Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, kale and spinach are some of the super foods that are packed with fiber, protein and omega-3s as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox-related nutrients.

4) EMBRACE OPTIMISM

So how do you spark those positive emotions? The answer is different for everyone but the common denominator is to spend time every day focusing on what you love and securing the future of your loved ones. Make time every day for the things that bring joy to your life, whether it's a special relationship (your spouse, your kids or your dog), an activity like playing music or a sport, writing or photography. Perhaps the simplest thing to do is to start a daily gratitude practice. securing the future and happiness of your loved ones.

5) LOVE YOUR WORK, FIND YOUR PURPOSE

Research after research has shown that viewing our work as meaningful is associated with feelings of joy and excitement. Finding meaning and purpose in your work also has a positive correlation with lengthened lifespan, happy state of mind and better physical health. While it may seem intuitive that we are happiest when we live consistently with our virtues and use our signature strengths to craft our lives, it's also supported by an abundance of positive psychology research. So if you don't currently love your job, look for ways to infuse it with meaning.

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