30 Days to Your Best You in 2018

posted: 12/27/17
by: Katie Morton
Jumping into 2018
Jumping into 2018

Many of us make New Year's Resolutions. And then, many of those resolutions fall to the wayside by February. If you're looking for the best way to mix things up in the New Year, think about a 30-day challenge. In just 30 days you can explore new things and break old habits. Challenge yourself to be the best you in 2018 by trying at least one of these ideas.

30 Days Toward Mastering a New Skill

We can become so entrenched in our daily monotony that it can be hard to venture out and try new things. Experts say that learning new skills can make you happier and keep you cognitively sharp.

A 30-day skills challenge can help you master new skills in record time. Pick something you've always wanted to learn to do (or learn to do better): speak a new language, play the piano, paint watercolors, stain your wood floors... The sky is the limit to what you can achieve if you can put your mind to it! Sign up for a lesson, register for an online course, or watch a YouTube video--you'll be amazed at how easy it can be to pick up a new skill with some coaching and practice.

30 Days to Better Health and Nutrition

Today we know that healthy, nourishing food is the best medicine there is. Good food can keep us healthy. Many of us know that we should be eating better--but finding the time, energy, and resources to make it happen can be hard. The effort will be well worth it. After just 30 days of improved nutrition, you'll feel better, have more energy, and may even find that your pants fit better!

The good news is that you don't need to completely overhaul your lifestyle to see big changes. Small adjustments can yield terrific, healthy results. The key is to set a specific goal for your 30-day period. That goal could be to eat more protein, reduce your alcohol intake, or lose a few pounds. Once you decide what your nutrition goal is, it's time to start tracking. Online health and nutrition apps make on-the-go monitoring easier than ever. Check out My Fitness Pal for free, easy nutritional tracking.

If you're looking for autopilot ways to boost your nutrition without tracking, aim for these daily achievable goals.

  • Take a vitamin each day
  • Have at least five servings of fruit and veggies
  • Switch soda for water or seltzer
  • Switch coffee to heart-healthy green tea
  • Reach for whole grains instead of white flour
  • Switch out full-fat dairy for lower-fat options

30 Days to a More Positive Outlook

Can you make yourself a more positive person in just 30 days? You sure can!

Positive thinking, like many other behaviors, can be taught. In order to make it happen, it's important to spend time doing things which make you feel good. Try to create positive all around in small ways--Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home is a great read to give you ideas on how to make your home a haven.

As for the rest of the world around you, certain actions have been linked to positive behavior. Spending time with loved ones evokes a positive feeling in most people. Exercise, time spent outdoors, mediation, writing in a journal, and even watching comedy movies have all been linked to positive thoughts.

Just think, in 30 days you can make your life more interesting, become healthier, and become more positive! So, what are you waiting for? 2018 is your year to shine.