Small Changes to Implement into Your Life Right Now To Carry into The New Year

Hello friends, it feels like it’s been forever since we last talked. I can not believe we’re nearing the end of October, and before we know it, the New Year will be here. Heading into the holiday season has me rethinking, revaluating and most importantly: goal setting. So from this day forward, I am doing my best to make healthier habits, to carry into the new year. Today I wanted to sit down and truly think about what I could be doing differently to lead a healthier lifestyle. It can be so hard sometimes to sit with yourself and evaluate what’s going well or not so well, to make adjustments in your every day life. Today I’m opening up and sharing with you all 3 healthy habits I’m adoping right now, and a list of easy changes you can apply to your every day life.


Healthy Habits I’m Adopting Right Now


Begin the morning with water first, coffee second

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is brew a cup of coffee. I thrive on caffeine, and thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of java. I have no idea where I would be without it. Shockingly enough, I’ve been adapting this small habit of drinking two cups of water before indulging in coffee, and I feel so much more awake. After drinking water and a cup of coffee, I feel no need to reach for a second. Lately I’m trying my hardest to opt for Green Tea when I’m feeling sluggish and tired. I firmly believe starting the morning with water, before coffee puts you on track to hitting your water intake goal for the day.


Instead of listening to the radio, put on a TED talk

I 100% love listening to music, but lately, I’ve grown annoyed with the radio. It always seems like the same exact songs are playing on a loop, and lately I just can’t jive with it. I just recently downloaded the TED Talk app on my phone, and it’s been life changing! Even if your commute is only five minutes long, the TED app, has a tool where you select how much time you have to listen to podcast. Whenever I’m feeling extra stressed, I make sure I start my day with a short podcast for that extra boost of empowerment.


Reaching out to a friend/family member when stress hits

Raise your hand if you tend to take on so much, and rarely ask for help…any takers? Lately I’ve come to realize I spend a lot of time in my head. I rarely try to “talk it out” when I’m stressed. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s so important to reach out to loved ones and vent about however you’re feeling. The people who love you, are always going to be there to support and guide you through tough times. From here on out, I’m making a conscious effort to reach out to friends and family whenever I can’t steer my way through a tough situation.


Small Changes to Implement Into Your Life Right Now to Carry into the New Year

Go to bed earlier, every single night

Create a bedtime routine

Program your coffee maker (to save time in the AM)

Lay out your clothing for the next day

Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up

Practice brain-dumping and journal before bed

Make a list each day of what you’re grateful for

Spend time alone, ditch the phone, tv, technology

Dedicate one hour a day to self-care

Reach out to a loved one weekly

Set your alarm extra early

Meal-prep lunches/dinners to save time

Keep your home tidy

Create routines that work for you

Find an empowering mantra to pump you up each day

Stretch as soon as you wake up

Use a planner to organize your days, track bills, appointments

Spend more time outside

Turn your phone on airplane mode, and spend more time doing whatever it is you truly enjoy

Practice deep breathing when stressed

Park further away from work, supermarket ect, to get your steps in

Keep a water bottle with you wherever you go

Have healthy snacks on hand

Cut out soda & liquid calories

Eat more “whole” foods

What healthy habits have you adopted recently? Are you beginning to goal set through the end of this year? Tell me in the comments below!


Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.