Have Fun, Feel Great

10 Wellness Resolutions for 2019

We're all going to be better this year.

By Abby Ledoux December 31, 2018 Published in the January 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

1. Wash Your Face

Makeup-remover wipes should be the exception, not the rule. So get yourself a good cleanser and commit to it like it’s your college boyfriend. Little-known fact: If you can train yourself to exfoliate after a night at Barbarella, you’re actually eligible for the Medal of Honor.

2. Throw Away Any Makeup Older Than Beyoncé's Twins

Sure, it cost you more than last night’s dinner, but that tube of mascara from May 2017 is kaput. Same goes for the discontinued shade of lipstick. We know it may hurt, but throw it in the trash. It’s only taking up space on the counter.

3. Drink More Water

Constant headaches? Dry skin? That guy not texting you back? You’re probably not drinking enough water. Seriously, there’s plenty of science to support the concept that upping your H20 intake will improve just about every aspect of your life; so, when in doubt, hydrate.

4. Call Your Mom

Or your dad, or your sister, or your high school best friend—just because. Don’t text, don’t Facebook message, don’t tag in an Instagram meme. Call. Just make sure you’ve made progress on No. 3 first: You know they’re going to ask if you’re drinking enough water.

5. Go Outside...

Take advantage of these fleeting, glorious non-summer months and swap the treadmill for Buffalo Bayou Trail. A 30-minute walk each day will help with just about everything, from digestion, to stress relief, to reducing your risk of chronic disease, to finally getting around to listening to the new Solange album.

6. ... But Wear Sunscreen

Just because you’re not peeling like that guy Marty in the Poltergeist bathroom scene doesn’t mean you’re immune to the harmful UV rays that penetrate your skin any time it’s exposed to sun, thereby upping your risk for skin cancer and hastening aging to boot. Consider a non-oily, broad-spectrum protection with SPF 30 or higher your new primer—Houston-based Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense ($34) is lightweight enough to melt right into your skin.

7. Cancel Anyone Who's Not Worth It

Vampire friends are the people in your circle who suck up your energy—you know the ones, who demand time and advice and commiseration but are MIA the second you require assistance, like a ride to Hobby or a plus-one to the Nutcracker Market. Ain’t nobody got time for that this year. If they’re taking more than they’re giving back, it’s time to cut the cord.

8. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Sure, this aphorism may be nauseatingly clichéd—not to mention oft misattributed to Eleanor Roosevelt—but there’s something to be said for it. You don’t have to go skydiving to heed its advice, though: Wear purple lipstick to work. Post a #nofilter selfie—actually without a filter. Get bangs. You do you.

9. Ditch the Screens Before Bed

Better yet, read a real, physical book before dozing off. Not only will limiting your pre-snooze screen time help you sleep better—the blue light emitted by our devices has been shown to suppress melatonin production—but you might even learn a thing or two.

10. Treat Yourself Like a Friend

Replay the last internal monologue you had in front of the mirror on an off day, and imagine what would happen if you vocalized even half of that to a loved one. Yeah—yikes. Remember the golden rule? Well, as a wise woman once said, put [that] thing down, flip it, and reverse it. It’s 2019, friend; time to treat yourself the way others want to be treated. 

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