Today’s Resolution: Love Where You Live

Personally, I have a life-long goal to love where I live. Maybe even love a place long enough that I’ll stay forever. For now, I haven’t lived enough places to really make that kind of decision, but it doesn’t mean that our kick-butt loft on the water isn’t absolutely lovely. How about you? Even if you don’t love where you live, you can probably dig up enough good qualities about your abode that make you thankful. So today, be conscious of your surroundings, appreciate, and love where you live.

Today’s Resolution: Skip Coffee & Wake Up To Something New

There are so many hot drinks that can replace a morning coffee. Yerba Mate is one we’ve been addicted to for a couple years, even though it takes a fancy straw and gourd to drink from. For something a little less involved, try tea, orange juice or hot chocolate even. A smoothie, perhaps? How about a bottle of water with lemon? There are plenty of healthy morning beverages without coffee. And if you don’t drink coffee, then start your day with something new anyway!

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Today’s Resolution: Take a Thoughtful, Restful Nap

It’s Sunday and that’s an excuse to rest. So rest up, would you? According to the Expert’s Guide on Napping, “a nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for up to 10 hours.” However, they do tell you to “limit your nap to 45 minutes or less if you need to spring into action after dozing. Otherwise, you may drift into slow-wave sleep. Waking from this stage results in sleep inertia, that grogginess and disorientation that can last for half an hour or more.” A little nap saves your brain from mental exhaustion, lowers blood pressure and gives your memory a boost. And if you’re into learning more stuff like this, consider Jennifer Ackerman’s Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body which is all about this kind of body-nerdery.

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Today’s Resolution: Stretch Your Legs and Go Hiking

Hiking sounds a lot harder than it is, or needs to be. If you’re on a trail in the woods, you’re hiking. It doesn’t need to be a long trail or a particularly steep trail, but you’re still technically hiking. Personally, I like a trail that has everything: ups, downs, rivers, bridges, rocks and little landmarks you didn’t even know existed. It’s all about getting back to nature. There’s something a little unnatural about walking on a treadmill, isn’t there? You walk in place, and stare at your calorie count go up and up. Even if it’s cold where you are, try out a hike today (or pick a place in the future). Just so you know, you burn more calories in the cold than you do when it’s warm out!

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Today’s Resolution: Face An Excuse for Social Laziness

As we get older and settle into our comfortable lives, possibly with a steady paycheck, possibly even a family—we end up settling for things that are easier. Spending time with friends who are closer, not attending parties because you don’t know who will be there, and other excuses you probably come up with on a regular basis. Sites like Facebook, and jobs that allow you to work from home make this social laziness even worse.

For you, a symptom of social laziness could be any of these ideas, or something specific to you. Undoubtedly everyone has at least one pile of social lazybones to vanquish and today is the day to do it.

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