New year, new you. It’s a pretty exciting idea to be able to open up a new chapter with the beginning of a new year, but it’s also way easier said than done. Old habits die hard and if you’re looking to leave some of your vices behind, you just might have to work at it for a while. Practice makes perfect.
One of the best ways to start a new year is to start out strong. These are 20 different habits that you should NOT start out the year with because as we all know, first impressions matter. Make your first day your best day.
For starters, waking up hungover.
Though the first week of a new year should probably just be called Hangover Week, it’s not exactly a fun or exciting way to begin a new chapter.
Your hangover could cause a whole slew of problems besides being unable to leave your bed. According to GQ, your skin’s hangover comes in the form of dryness, dark circles, and redness. No thanks.
Forgetting to moisturize
If there’s one thing to do for your skin this year, it’s remembering your moisturizer. Seriously, never skip this essential step in your skincare routine.
Specialists in Dermatology caution both men and women that everyday moisturizing can improve skin’s youthful appearance and healthy glow and skipping it can have the opposite effect.
Skipping your run
Truthfully, you should not hit the gym or work out every single day. According to Shape, overtraining can have some pretty harmful side effects. But on the first day of the year, take the chance to set the standard, devise your routine, and bring your resolution to fruition.
Make it a habit and start strong.
Grabbing a greasy breakfast.
It’s the most important meal of the day, so why make it the most unhealthy? Beginning the morning with bacon, eggs, and other indulgent eats can totally screw up your digestive system, leaving you running to the bathroom.
Drinking with brunch.
So if breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day, not only should the food be healthy, but so should the drinks. As Women’s Day reports, there are some dangers of day-drinking, including dehydration and digestive issues.
Just wait until it’s 5 o’clock wherever you are and sip water until then.
Misplacing your lip balm.
Losing your lip balm or ChapStick is the human condition. Here’s the problem: moisturizing the lips is totally crucial to keeping them from looking cracked, chapped, or crusty, especially in the winter. Keep the ChapStick around all year and you’ll end up proud.
Laying in bed all day.
Yes, you deserve to treat yourself. No, it’s not a good idea to lay in bed all day with the curtains drawn and an eye mask securely placed on your face. This can not only increase the risk of chronic pain, it’s also unproductive and won’t help you meet any of your goals for the year ahead.
Staying glued to your phone.
It’s become first instinct to reach for your phone just about every second of the day, but the AARP is warning tech addicts of the possible side effects of keeping your eyes on the phone.
Not only can it lead to higher levels of anxiety, but it also keeps you from remaining present and engaged. Take a second and put it down.
Leaving on last night’s makeup.
You know this! Come on. Leaving your makeup on from the night before is just a bad idea. As Good Housekeeping warned, it can cause acne, wrinkles, discoloration, and just a bunch of other problems. Grab the makeup wipes and get moving.
Zoning out in front of the TV.
So much to watch, so little time. Chill on the binge-watching because if the Independent is correct, it can actually kill you. OK, it probably won’t be deadly, but aren’t there so many other experiences you’d rather try this year? Save it for later!
Continuing that nasty nail-biting habit.
It’s the hardest habit to break and it’s one that you’re probably not even aware you’re doing. Nail-biting is bad for your teeth, can cause viral infections, and it’s just not a good look. Luckily, there are so many solutions out there for this common problem. Leave it behind.
Saying “no” to sunscreen.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s a whole new year! You’re ready to take on the day, but if the sun is actually shining, SPF is a necessity for your skin according to HuffPost. Sunscreen prevents discoloration, premature ageing, and blotchiness, among other skin annoyances.
Lighting up a cigarette.
At this point, we should all know smoking is bad. The CDC warns smokers that they could suffer from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, and a myriad of other extremely harmful, life-threatening conditions.
Do yourself a favour and begin the quitting process. It’s tough, but it’s worth doing this year.
Not to play dentist, but it’s highly likely that you should be flossing more. Seriously, listen to the professionals, or otherwise, you might experience gum disease, discoloration, and even teeth loss. Step it up and start incorporating floss into your everyday routine.
Pulling an all-nighter.
We all love waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
An all-nighter or skipping out on adequate sleep are not the right solutions to the problem. A lack of sleep can cause a slew of scary side effects, including heart failure, high blood pressure, and low libido, all listed on WebMD.
Stepping up the cardio excessively.
Hitting the gym and going hard on the cardio might seem like a New Year’s resolution no-brainer, but how much is too much? Keep your cardio and your intense workouts limited because, as Body Building states, sticking to the treadmill can lead to aches, pains, and muscle loss.
Scrubbing way too hard in the shower.
It seems like the right thing to do, especially after nights out or hard workouts, but as Real Simple pointed out, going overboard on the “squeaky clean” washing can deplete your largest organ, your skin, of its natural balance in lipids and oils.
Picking up a cup of coffee… and then another cup of coffee.
You might need it to get through the workday or to survive a hangover, but caffeine addiction is real. The Mayo Clinic recommends that java junkies stick to 400 milligrams or less of caffeine a day.
Straightening your hair to absolute “perfection.”
Perfect is relative, but if you’re hoping for pin-straight hair, it’s best to avoid any excessive heat or unnatural chemicals.
According to Style Craze, this common practice can actually lead to tons of dryness, the development of allergies, and even, in rare cases, baldness. It might just be time to switch up your ‘do with the start of a new year.
With a “satisfying” pimple pop.
Bad news pimple popping addicts: this is NOT the way to get clear and renewed skin in the new year. In fact, according to WebMD, popping a zit can actually lead to even more acne. Just leave this one to the professionals and step up your skincare routine with masks and scrubs.
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