2015 is going to be a big year. We can feel it. We’ve landed a spacecraft on a moving comet, so we now know that the sky is not the limit.

As you know, the New Year is generally the time when most people try to adhere to impractical New Year’s resolutions, which they then fail to commit to after February, and spend the rest of the year in a sort of shame spiral. However, we have come up with five practical New Years resolutions that we think you can keep and feel better about your life.


Urban Nirvana's 5 resolutions for 2015 that are practical.

1. Up the exercise–slowly and smartly.

Don’t go crazy on a new gym membership if you’re not the type that likes to pump iron or run on the treadmill. Commit to something smaller, like walking the dog more often or taking a walk over your lunch break every day. Try a new yoga class or get on Pinterest and start grabbing some daily HIIT workouts to do at home. Being active is the key to increasing your energy levels and fighting off the bulge, but it’s also best to take baby steps than to try and get into something full force and getting burned out quickly. If you like and sustain your daily walks, by March you might be ready for a bigger commitment.

2. Commit to drinking more water.

Water is the best thing you can do for your body. It can help your digestion, clear up your skin, boost your energy, etc. In 2015, you should set an alarm for about 2pm on your phone that will remind you to drink more water. 2pm is a perfect time, too, because it’s usually when people hit the slump of the workday. Chugging some cold water (or even lemon water) will help replenish you–and probably ward off your urge to graze the office snack drawer. Again, try increasing your intake a bit every week until you work up to the recommended amount (take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces. For example, if you weigh 130, you should drink about 65 oz. per day).

3. Get up earlier.

Wake up earlier. Catch GMA, take a sip of tea, and take some time to stretch, even if you’re not a yogi or particularly limber. Stretching for just a few minutes when you get up will improve your range of motion, soothe aching muscles and joints and could aid in relaxation. It’s not a huge time commitment and you’ll feel better. Plus, you know what they say about that early bird.

4. Take better care of your skin.

This is an easy one. If you’re not sure if your products are right for your skin type, simply schedule a facial appointment and find out what you need. Purchase these products and stick to a regimen that makes sense for your ailment, whether it be acne, fine lines or dryness. Taking the extra 2 minutes to apply, say, a night cream or serum can rejuvenate your complexion, making you the envy of everyone at the PTA and beyond. You know what else is good for your complexion? Activity and adventure. Do something daring in 2015–and smile a lot.

5. Take better care of your hair.

Lastly, great hair is just a few steps away. You need a few things: 1) the right products and 2) the right salon. Keeping up with your regular trims can make a huge difference in the health of your hair. We recommend getting trims every couple of months (depending on how fast your hair grows) to maintain it’s healthy shine. Ask your stylist if you need a hydrating masque or to adopt any practices to reduce heat damage to your hair. Your stylist can be a huge resource to learn how to take better care of your hair–even if it just means drying with a t-shirt instead of a towel.