Lifestyle Changes For 2019

10 Healthy Lifestyle Changes And Habits For The New Year

Lifestyle choices to change in the year of 2019.


A new year means new resolutions and new lifestyle changes. We can always find new things to implement into our lifestyle to make them more happy and healthy. A lot of the things on this list are pretty easy too and don't take that much effort to start! Give some of them a try this next year to change up your daily routine; maybe it will make your life better!

1. Warm Water With Lemon


This is one thing that was introduced to me about 2 years ago from Sarah's Day (a health and fitness youtuber). Just boil some water, pour it into a mug and squeeze a lemon wedge into it! l usually drink it in the morning, which really helps with digestion and hydration; especially after a long day of bad eating.

2. Having A Skin Care Routine


I know a lot of people who don't have a morning or a night skin care routine. If you're someone who has skin problems, this is essential to have and to constantly keep up with it every day. My biggest tips are to not sleep with makeup on, and to include a face serum or oil, even if you have oily skin.

3. Outside Time

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Getting that vitamin D is extremely important. Make sure you are taking vitamin D supplements in the cold months and make time to go outside during those warmer months. Even talking a short walk can really uplift your mood and make your day better!

4. Reading

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A lot of people aren't into reading, and I get it. If you aren't into reading fiction, try reading about things that you have always been curious about. I just found a bunch of great astrology books and some on religion, as well. It's never too late to learn something new!

5. Having A Sleep Schedule

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If you're 18 or older, you need 7-9 hours of sleep. Oversleeping can cause you to become more tired during the day, so I've been trying to find a perfect sleep schedule that works for me. If you're going to bed at 11pm, you should actually be waking up between 6am and 8am, which sounds really early if you're going to bed that late. It's still important to listen to your body when you need extra sleep, so always keep that in mind.

6. Decreasing Screen Time

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I don't know when iPhones created this option, but you can now check how much time you spent on your phone per day, how long you use certain apps, and how many times you check your phone. I've found that it's helpful to delete certain apps like Facebook and Twitter from your phone so you're only able to check them on your computer. This causes you to think about them less because they aren't always in your back pocket.

7. Have Dance Parties


The amount of endorphins that are released when I take 30 minutes out of my day to dance with my friends or by myself is unbelievable. Not only are you getting a mini workout, but it's fun to just laugh and let loose while screaming out your favorite song lyrics.

8. Fun Exercise Routines


When it comes to working out, it's very important to find something that you enjoy. That way you can stay consistent with it and want to do it more. I've found that I really like rock climbing, roller skating, and yoga, so I do those instead of a burn-out workout that will leave me probably feeling disappointed afterwards.

9. Strategic Spending


Since moving into my first apartment and paying rent, I've become very aware of where all my money goes. It's important to decide between what's really important, and what you could live without. One example could be taking public transportation over a Lyft or an Uber. A big one for me in the new year is making my own coffee at home and not spending money at coffee shops.

10. Goal Setting


Setting goals every month has changed my life. It has kept me on top of my game and makes me a more productive person. If you're someone who struggles with completing goals, turn it into a reward system. If you have something like a fitness goal, tell yourself that once you go to the gym 3 times a week in one month, you can buy a new pair of training or running shoes.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.

I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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