5 items to help you develop healthier habits this year, from getting more sleep to upgrading your skin care

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You may have heard the old myth that it takes 21 days to form a habit. However, a lot of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions well before they hit that mark and never reach their goals. Nonetheless, when starting a new routine or setting a goal, you should know that it takes much longer to make it a habit.

According to a 2009 study done by Phillippa Lally, PhD, a senior researcher at University College London, it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit. However, the amount of time for a new habit to feel “automatic” can range from 18 to 254 days.

So, you need to give yourself time to get used to it — and time to mess up and start again.

You can restart your New Year’s Resolution at any time, or forgo the whole “new year, new me” mantra and set yourself some regular goals. Want to sleep more, do more self-care or be more active? You can do it!

Need some help? These five items can assist you in reaching your goals and developing healthier habits over the next two months and beyond.

Goal: Get more sleep

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Weighted blankets are popular for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep because they can help you feel more relaxed. But while many weighted blankets aren’t always the most stylish, Bearaby weighted blankets are different in that they’re made with beautifully woven, sustainable fabrics that look and feel luxurious. You’ll be excited to keep one on your bed!

Bearaby cites a few major health benefits of sleeping under a weighted blanket: Using one can help bring you into a deeper sleep, help reduce anxiety, reduce cortisol and stimulate the production of serotonin by providing deep touch pressure, which can foster a calming sensation, similar to a gentle hug or cuddling.

The Bearaby Tree Napper (pictured above) is the brand’s silkiest weighted blanket. It’s made with TENCEL, a fabric with a naturally cooling effect.

Goal: Strengthen and improve your hair, skin and nail health

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If you used a lot of hot tools and fried your hair or picked off your gel nail polish, and now your nails are brittle and breaking, you need to give yourself a little TLC. However, hair masks, cuticle oil and body creams can only do so much. You’ll also need to make sure you’re eating a healthy diet to help your bodywork from the inside out.

However, you can also try a collagen supplement. Vitauthority’s Multi Collagen Burn is a favorite for filling in any gaps in your diet. You may know collagen is beneficial for your hair, skin and nails, but this powder also contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. According to the product description, these ingredients can help brighten and tighten skin and strengthen hair and nails. Think of it as working behind the scenes in your beauty routine.

Vitauthority’s Multi Collagen Burn powder comes in a strawberry lemonade flavor or unflavored (as well as in capsule form). To use, the brand suggests mixing a scoop of powder with water and drinking it one to two times a day. However, the unflavored powder goes best mixed in coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt or even baked goods.

Goal: To drink more water

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If you keep forgetting to hydrate, you won’t anymore. This half-gallon water bottle encourages you to drink more water with motivational markers printed on the side. Since it is a half-gallon, it comes with a paracord strap for carrying it and a removable straw that makes it easier to sip from.

Plus, it’s less than $25 on Amazon. Actually, more than 11,000 Amazon shoppers give the water bottle 5 out of 5 stars.

However, you can also get a larger 1-gallon water bottle with similar markings if that’s more your speed.

Goal: Walk more daily

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The pandemic messed with most people’s schedules, and suddenly, we were all staying home and walking less. However, if you want to get in the recommended 10,000 steps per day, get yourself the popular Fitbit Inspire 2.

The best-selling fitness tracker is sleek and simple. It will track your steps as well as your distance, calories burned, sleep quality and more. It has 10 days of charge so you don’t have to plug it in nightly. It’s also so slim that you’ll probably forget you’re wearing it.

Connect it with your smartphone to track your daily health, and give yourself a daily or weekly challenge to increase your steps.

Goal: Manage stress and anxiety better

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Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Make it a priority this year to seek professional help if you think you need it. However, if you want to try an at-home coping method that could also help, you could get a journal.

The Anti-Anxiety Notebook was created by therapists and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to help lower anxiety and control stress, according to the product description. There are guided journal entries and exercises, check-ins, and over 100 notes from therapists to help you become more aware of your thoughts, reflect on your emotions and more.

It’s not a substitution for therapy, but it could help you feel better.

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