ways to be healthy this year

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Even though I didn’t make any solid resolutions this year, I know that many of us have made general goals to be healthier this year. Obviously exercise and eating right are important but there are so many other ways I hope to stay healthy this year.

1. Massages. A few years ago, I started getting massages every few months – basically whenever it was a special occasion (birthday, etc) or I got a good deal on a groupon. Though I’m not usually feeling sore or anything a lot, I know that getting regular massages is good for me and also has so many health benefits – it relieves pain/muscle tension, improves mood/job performance, promotes relaxation and can help with some pain conditions.
In the fall, I signed up for a membership at a local massage place. For a monthly rate, I get one hour-long massage per month. I’ve been going once a month lately and it’s so beneficial. I sit at a computer all day long and definitely hold a ton of tension in my shoulders and neck and it helps a lot.

2. Skin/face care. I’ve always worked hard to take care of my skin. Since about age 22-ish, I started using anti-aging moisturizer. I knew it was probably too early to start, but figured it couldn’t hurt. I am 31 now so I’ve thought more about taking better care of my skin. I avoid the sun/tanning as much as possible. I’ve started using regular face masks and exfoliators. I recently got my first facial (at the same massage place) and the esthetician told me to just be sure to use a good face wash, moisturizer and eye cream. I also started occasionally using coconut oil and have noticed that my face is less dry. These are the products I’ve been using – 

3. Mind health. My brain feels fried after a long day at work. Often I come home and hop right onto my laptop doing blog stuff or I stare at my phone or watch hours of HGTV shows (including episodes I’ve probably already seen). That isn’t helping my brain any. So this year I’m going to try to do activities at home to improve my mind, including trying out some business-y/self-help books. Here are some that I’m hoping to read in the next few months – 

Fire Starter Sessions – Danielle Laporte / The Reluctant Entrepreneur – Michael Masterson / Go for No! -Richard Fenton / Rework – Jason Fried 

4. Exercise. I said it isn’t all about exercise this year but I definitely still want to get into good shape. Especially since I’m getting married later this year and want to look awesome in my dress, duh. I’m going to continue with my regular ballet classes, plus some of the other fun ballet-inspired workouts I like. I’ve also been going to the gym again the last few months, doing a mix of cardio and weight-training. Jarrod just ordered T25 so I’m going to give some of those workouts as well, especially when it gets closer to wedding time!

5. Relaxation. Along with #3 above, in order to improve my mind I also need to learn to relax. I’ve been experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety lately so I need to give myself a little break. First off, I’m going to try to read more for pleasure. I try to get into bed an hour early and give myself that time to read (right now I’m finishing up the Divergent series). I’m also going to try to just relax more -doing my hobbies, reading lame magazines, maybe some yoga. Chanting/breathing/whatever. Some of these things might not make me smarter buuuut I need to just relax more too.

What are your plans/goals to be healthier this year? If you’re planning to be healthier this year, check back later today for an amazing health-themed giveaway.


  1. says

    Sign me up for monthly massages, sounds amazing! I have a long list of books I want to read this year and want to really work on relaxing and being okay with doing nothing. I am not so sure how I would do at mediation but think I may need to give it a go since I have heard about so many health benefits from it.

  2. says

    I have been working on overall general health lately too, not just the fitness and diet aspect of it. Doing things for your mind is certainly a great thing! I have T25 and love it! It is a great work out and I really started seeing results after just the first 2 weeks. When I am recovered enough to work out again, I am restarting the program because I know it is going to work!

    I have only had one massage and one facial, but I think it would be fun to start making time and room in my budget to do them regularly. I love Aveeno products. I use one of the face washes as well.

  3. says

    You just reminded me that I need to start using eye cream. I wear a BB eye cream during the day but I don’t have anything helping my puffy under eyes at night!

  4. says

    AHHHH a massage sounds amazing right now!! I actually won a free facial massage this weekend when we went to a bridal show – yay!!! I decided I was going to read more this year too and last night I finally put down my ipad and picked up an actual book to read instead of catching up on blogs. I am reading The Last Ride by Nicholas Sparks but when I finish it I am thinking about reading The Divergent series, a lot of people have been talking about them. Gotta check it out.

  5. says

    I love that you included mind health on here. It is so important to keep challenging your brain! I’m obsessed with this app called “7 Little Words” it’s a quick game I play each night (you only can unlock 1 level a day unless you pay money). Great way to keep challenging myself!

  6. says

    I use to get a massage every month at Massage Envy. It was cheap so I could afford it but then I started getting not so great massages so I canceled my membership. I miss those massages SO much and I need to find someone new. They are so helpful to ease stress and make your body feel better (especially me since I have MS). Thanks for the reminder that I need to make an apt. And on the facial skin care I’m right there w/ you. I hate winter and how dry it makes skin and I love aquaphor. I hope you have good luck w/ all of your goals!! :)

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