Say what you will about New Year's Resolutions, there's something intensely gratifying about making a list and actually checking things off - especially where your wellbeing is involved. Why not be the one, this time next year, who actually stuck to their resolutions?
Experts agree that the easier it is to incorporate a change into your life, the more likely it will be stick with it. And don't just eliminate a "bad" behavior as this leaves a vacuum - which nature (and resolutions) abhor - be sure to replace what you're giving up with something positive; eg. sugar with Stevia (if you can stand the taste) or even Splenda. Rather, make your resolutions about adding bennies to your life: better skin, a healthier body, more peace of mind.
Here are some dead easy ways to jumpstart your resolutions:
Better Skin You already know that the foundation of good skin is being disciplined about following your skincare regime and applying sunscreen every day. However many regimes have too many time consuming, boring steps and countless sunscreens leave a shiny layer of grease, leaving you to wonder about the claims on the package that they can be worn under makeup (kabuki, maybe?). Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse is packed with free-radical neutralizing ingredients which improve texture, tone and clarity. The line is limited to a night lotion, eye cream and SPF 20 day lotion - all of which are luxurious to apply but completely nongreasy. Neutrogena.com
Exercise in Style Use it or lose it - see the gorgeous 57 year old in-shape hottie Jane Seymour for proof; if you want to feel your best, exercise isn't an option. But don't just wear any old thing to the gym/yoga studio/rock climbing. Instead, use your passion for fashion to your advantage: if you invest in some cute new outfits, you'll be motivated to show up to workout, as well as keep it up (so the outfits stay cute looking on you). Adidas by Stella McCartney
Better Sleep As a safe & chic alternative to sleeping pills, a Philip Stein Teslar watch purportedly protects your body against electronic pollution from cell phones, blackberries, and PDAs - aka Low Electromagnetic Energy Fields (ELF). By strengthening the electromagnetic field, wearers report sleeping better and even being more calm in stressful situations. No wonder it made Oprah's coveted list of Favorite Things. PhilipSteinTeslar.com
Think of Others In our coddled, stuff-mad society, it's easy to forget that nearly two billion children in the developing world are inadequately educated, or receive no education at all. The innovative XO laptop created at the MIT Media Lab is a waterproof, drop-proof marvel that is solar powered, has wireless broadband, and automatically talks to other XO computers in the vicinity, creating an ad hoc network...all for $100 per machine. Give a child a chance to emerge from poverty and into the wired world for $200 per computer at Laptop.org. Alternatively, Kiva.org lets you make a microloan as small as $25 to help entrepreneurs in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty. Your karma thanks you in advance.
Think Like a Star, be a Star! Follow in the footsteps of Star Von Bunny, a white rabbit with a vintage look and a modern attitude who sets her sites on fame, schmoozes the right people - like Beyonce, Bono, and Christy Turlington - and journeys from obscurity in a suburban bedroom to red carpet success, a rock star boyfriend, and cover shoot for Elle. A portion of the book's profits benefits Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres which provides medical assistance to populations in distress, and victims of natural or manmade disasters, armed conflicts, and populations in distress. Available at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott
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