Healthy Habits for the New Year

I started my last blog The Laws of Bliss in 2016 as an experimentation in health and happiness. I wanted to try out different practices and activities that I thought could make me feel happier and healthier. I learned how to get the perfect night of sleep, that being kind to strangers makes me very happy,…

I started my last blog The Laws of Bliss in 2016 as an experimentation in health and happiness. I wanted to try out different practices and activities that I thought could make me feel happier and healthier. I learned how to get the perfect night of sleep, that being kind to strangers makes me very happy, and that not eating sugar is definitely healthier than eating sugar in mass quantities.

In 2017, as food photography/styling, Instagram/Youtube, and a new career took over my life, these health and happiness projects took a back seat. Actually, they took more of a trunk seat. They were pretty non-existent. I stopped meditating and exercising regularly, despite overwhelming evidence that these two activities substantially boost physical and mental health. I didn’t see my friends as much, despite the knowledge that strong friendships are a key indicator of happiness. And I started being really mean to strangers for no damn reason.

Just kidding about that last one. That would be cruel. But the other stuff is sadly true, so I decided to devote a good chunk of 2018 to taking back my time and using it for activities that I know (or think) will make me happier and healthier.

And since it’s 2018, I’ll be trying out 18 different practices that I think will lead to greater health and happiness. To hold myself accountable, I’ll be doing a vlog over on Youtube about each practice and sharing my tips for how to incorporate each of these activities into your life. I hope you follow along my journey and find ways to adapt these activities to your life!  You can find the first vlog here!

Here are my 18 healthy habits for 2018!

1. Add more hygge to my life

2.  Adopt a consistent exercise schedule

3. Bring back the romance

4. Treat myself regularly

5. Read one book a month

6. Take better care of my skin

7. Plan more travels

8. Get organized on a big picture level

9. Minimize clutter. 

10. Sleep at least 7 hours a night. 

11. Incorporate mindfulness

12. Eat 7 vegetables a day

13. Find ways to be more frugal

14. Spend more time in nature

15. Clean my apartment for 5 minutes a day

16. Keep a daily gratitude journal

17. Focus on friendship

18. Volunteer more often

Have you set any goals for 2018? I would love to hear them! Wishing you lots of joy and laughter in the new year!

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9 comments on Healthy Habits for the New Year

  1. Ela

    Loved reading this blog post! So many healthy habits for 2018, actually so many I can relate to. :) Have a happy and healthy 2018! Much love, Ela

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you, dear Ela! I am so happy you enjoyed this blog post and found it relatable :) big hugs to you and cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!

  2. Great goals for the year!
    Having a more "hygge" year is on my list too :)

  3. Love This! I’ve been following you since Laws of Bliss and I loved how even with your busy lifestyle, you found the time to do those wellness projects for yourself and wellbeing. It taught me a lot about balance as Im currently in school now and that’s something i used to forget to make an effort to have in my life. I’m so glad you are getting back to that!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Hannah! Thank you so very much for stopping by and for your kind and encouraging comment! I am so happy to hear that you learned something about balance :) I hope law school is going well for you! Cheers,Nisha

  4. Wow what an upbeat and useful post, thank you so much Nisha. And the brilliant images alone have cheered me to no end! Happy 2018! Dee xx

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Dee! So happy to hear that. Thank you for stopping by :)

  5. Sandra Alexia Moulinier-Wagner

    Hi Nisha,
    Have you also made the similar post for 2019? I love it xx

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Sandra! I didn’t do something quite like this for 2019 but I did do a blog post on healthy alternatives to new years resolutions for 2019 :) https://www.rainbowplantlife.com/blog/healthy-alternatives-to-new-years-resolutions

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