What Habits To Start In The New Year

What Habits To Start In The New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to start over again. Now is the time to think about the kind of improvements you’d like to make in your life and get them in motion. It’s easier than ever to let go of your bad habits and replace them with good ones. Look at all areas of your life. Chances are you’ll find lots of things that aren’t quite working. The new year lets you take a deep breath, shrug them off, and create a better life for yourself.


Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is crucial. Most people need at least seven hours to be at their best. If you are not getting enough sleep now is the time to get on top of it! You’ll want to create conditions that are all about making it easy to fall asleep in your home. Try following a specific schedule even on weekends and shutting off all electronics at least an hour before you intend to go to bed. Good sleep habits are easy to establish as long as you stick to them over time.

If you’re having trouble fallings asleep, why not read? While traditional books are a great choice, oftentimes, they can keep you up more with their captivating plots and lengthy tales. If this is the case for you, why not try reading poetry? Reports have shown that reading poetry reduces feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. It has been found to be therapeutic and boost people’s moods. So the next time you’re wondering what to read before bed, pick up some poetry, especially from our Fairfax Poet Laureate!


Stay Active

Exercise is one of the keys to good health. At the same time, it can be hard to get into a groove when it comes to your exercise choices. You’ll want to consider the kind of exercise you’ve been doing in the past and come up with a new plan. Think about the kind of exercises you’ve seen others doing and wanted to try. Dancing is a common exercise that so many people are interested in starting and now’s the time to do it! Not only will your body be active but your mind will be as well. Studies have shown that dancing reduces stress, increases spatial awareness, and improves long-term memory. If you’re looking to improve in more than one way, dancing may be for you!

New exercise habits can be hard to get into at first. However, they can have a lasting result on your overall health that makes for a better new year. It’s also easy to find so many places to exercise. If dancing isn’t for you, try a beautiful scenic walk. Going for a walk doesn’t have to exclusively go on outside, it can also go on in your local museums and art galleries! Get your steps in while exploring a beautiful building full of captivating art! Walking around the gallery won’t even feel like exercising and with exhibits that come and go, you can always go back and experience something new on your new go-to walking path. 


Expand Your Artistic Horizons

If you’re looking for new ways to be creative in the new year, why not visit an art exhibit? Art exhibits are educational, entertaining, and stunning. Plan to visit every arts discipline offered in Fairfax County during your free time. If you are unsure of what artistic events are going on, be sure to check out the ArtsFairfax directory each week for ideas! It’s a great way to discover new events in your area. It’s also a great way to discover new things you might like to see and learn about. Who knows, you may become inspired to create your own art after attending an event. You don’t have to go alone, take your family and friends to enjoy the shows with you and take in the beautiful art. Art is inspiring and it brings people together making it a great place to gather and appreciate the beauty that others are able to create. 


For more information about ArtsFairfax or to take a look at what art is on display now, head to their website here. Plan a visit and see what amazing art you can explore!