With every New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. We all want to make a fresh start and better ourselves, but it can be hard to stick with resolution, especially if it’s too ambitious. Luckily, there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can make this year that are easy to keep and certain to have an impact on your life. With resolutions like the ones we’re about to share, you can make 2018 your year of small changes and big results.
Get More Sleep
Studies show that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. A Gallup Poll conducted in 2013 revealed that the average American sleep a mere 6.8 hours a night. What’s worse, 40% of Americans are getting less than six hours a night. A lack of sleep can have an impact on your life. Not only are you less alert throughout the day, but lack of sleep is also associated with a host of health risks.
Getting a little extra sleep is easy, especially if you do it in small increments. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier at night, then, wake up 15 minutes later in the morning. Before you know it, you’ll have hours of extra sleep under your belt, which has been linked to increased happiness, better memory, and lower stress. So go ahead, hit that snooze button!
And with the Home by InTown Suites® Mattress, every stay with us can get that much closer to achieving your goal or restful sleep.
Make a Budget (and Stick With it)
Most people don’t like to talk about money, but that doesn’t mean it won’t impact your life. Taking time to look at your spending habits can give you a clear picture of where your money is going and help you make adjustments for a more secure financial future. Remember, your budget can change as circumstances change, and you can make adjustments on a month-to-month basis.
A budget often works best if you have a goal in mind. The goal doesn’t need to be elaborate; it can be as simple as saving 50 dollars more a month or paying down debt. With a goal in mind, it will feel like you’re making progress toward something, which is always a great feeling!
One great way to save money in your budget is by cooking for yourself more and eating out less. And if saving money isn’t enough, it’s important to remember that cooking for yourself results in healthier meals and an opportunity to learn a new skill. Now, we don’t expect you to become a three-star Michelin Chef overnight but start small, and you’ll notice progress before you know it. Maybe commit to cooking in your kitchen two nights a week. Then, as you get comfortable, add a few new recipes. We’ve covered plenty of great meals and recipes you can add to your repertoire on the blog.
You know what they say, ignore your teeth, and they’ll go away. Flossing is a simple way to give your teeth the attention they deserve; it’s also important for keeping them healthy. Regular flossing can keep your teeth strong, which means it will be easier to eat all those home-cooked meals you’ll be making as part of your resolutions. Proper flossing shouldn’t take any more than 90 seconds and will be easy to incorporate into your routine. Best of all, you’ll never have to worry about having a piece of food stuck in your teeth ever again!
Make Time For Yourself
Perhaps the most important resolution you can make and keep this year is to make time for yourself. Schedule some time to read a book, take a relaxing bath, meditate, catch up on your favorite show, or take up a new hobby. We understand that being on the road or in between moves can make it tricky to prioritize yourself, but doing so can boost your happiness, as well as lower your stress levels, which is something we can all benefit from this time of year.
Bonus: Visit us at InTown Suites
Want to knock all of your New Year’s Resolutions out of the park at once? Visit us at InTown Suites! We offer comfortable, affordable extended stay accommodations where you can come to relax and have a great night’s sleep. Plus, with our fully-equipped kitchens, you can easily cook your own meals—saving you money and helping you feel like you’re staying in a home away from home.
Happy New Year, from all of us at InTown Suites, we look forward to seeing you keep your resolutions in 2018!