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1) Attend your doctor’s appointments.

It can be tempting when you feel awful, to not want to bother going to the doctor. I totally get it. Just getting out of bed can be rough, but having to get yourself together and out the door can be exhausting. And if you’re like me, when you’re in pain, the last thing you want to do is talk about your pain. But, your doctor can’t help you if they don’t see you. And what if you’re feeling great? Should you still go? Yes! Help your doctor to keep you feeling good by showing up to check in with him/her.

2) Drink more water.

Yup, here we go again. Water. You need it. A lot of it. All day. Every day. Water helps your body look and feel good. Take this opportunity to go fill up your favorite water bottle!

3) Be kinder to yourself.

This is one of the hardest resolutions for me. So you only completed 4 out of 5 tasks on your list? Be proud of what you accomplished, not disappointed in the items left undone. Progress, not perfection.

4) Keep moving.

No, I don’t mean commit yourself to walking 2,017 miles in 2017 (been there, signed up, and didn’t finish in 2016). Intentionally move for a bit each hour you’re awake. Whether that means marching in place, stretching, or rotating your ankle while lying down, getting your blood flowing is always good.

5) Be honest with those around you.

Chances are that when you promise your friends you’ll go out on Friday and Saturday night, you already know how difficult that is going to be for you and that you’ll probably cancel at the last minute. Your friends and family will appreciate your honesty from the beginning and you’ll reduce your stress by not over committing yourself.