As all the hustle and bustle of the 2015 holiday season comes to a close, planning for the new year may be the last thing on your mind. After all, you just spent the last several weeks picking out gifts and cooking family dinners – you likely just want to rest. Fortunately, with a little creativity, you can do just that today and for the next year. Use the end-of-year stress as a launching point for rejuvenation in 2016 with these three tips:
Don't let workouts fall to the wayside in the new year. The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's guidelines state that adults should get two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. As a mom juggling kids, work and dinners, this likely sounds appealing but impossible. With some strategy and dedication, you can feel and look your best in 2016.
Motivate yourself by understanding the benefits of working out. Regular physical activity not only helps you manage your weight, but it will also make you feel better overall. The Mayo Clinic explained that exercise can boost your energy level, combat health conditions like heart disease and arthritis, elevate your mood and improve your sleep. As far as timing, consider integrating workouts into your morning routine. By waking up at a regular time, mornings won't feel so hard to overcome, and you'll experience the benefits of physical activity for the remainder of the day.
2. Make "me time" a priority
Part of rejuvenating in the new year involves making time for yourself. Moments not dedicated to carting kids to soccer practice or attending parent-teacher conferences may seem few and far between. If your normal routine doesn't allow for breaks, you just have to carve out personal time in your schedule.
You don't need to spend hours sitting in a spa to get "me time." A few minutes a day or a couple hours each week will do just fine. For instance, you may find going to the grocery store without the kids or spouse in tow is a nice escape. Additionally, you can use your personal massager before bed or right after you wake up for extra relaxation. Otherwise, head to the library for an hour each week – silence is golden, after all.
3. Don't forget your friends
You know how much fun a girls' getaway can be, and research has pinpointed why females enjoy these rendezvous so much. A study published in the journal Annals of Leisure Research found that middle-aged women use girlfriend getaways to escape their families for a short time and feel younger. You undoubtedly love your kids, but every mom needs a break – and it's OK to get away for a while.
While weekend trips may be difficult to schedule, get at least one on your calendar for 2016. Additionally, have a set routine where you get together with your girlfriends. Whether you meet up for lunch every other Sunday or go bowling on the first Friday each month, make sure you block off time in your schedule to hang out with your gal pals, vent, have fun, de-stress and rejuvenate.
What will 2016 look like for you? Make time for yourself in this upcoming year to feel refreshed.