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Begin 2014 with a balanced lifestyle: Five healthy tips for the New Year

Learn how to have a healthy lifestyle in 2014 with lifestyle tips from fashion entrepreneur Jen Joas.
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Happy New Year! It isn’t to late to state your New Year’s resolution if you haven’t already. Many will embrace 2014 with new goals, new outlooks, and a new style, which means enjoying a balanced lifestyle in the New Year. Wellness-in-parenting expert Jen Joas, founder of UrbanHalo, has provided the Women’s Style Examiner with five easy tips for a healthier you in 2014.

Parents are always squeezing in last-minute tasks while trying to catch a breath. Moms can bring balance to their daily lives with tips and advice from Jen Joas. The active fashion wear designer has the scoop on the five top ways to give moms a balanced lifestyle in 2014, which include tips to find “me-time,” strengthen relationship bonds, live a healthy lifestyle, make compromises, and say “no” when yes just isn’t an option.

Jen’s fashion venture, UrbanHalo, was recently featured in this column earlier in December, and the wellness-in-parenting expert wants to help you ring in the New Year with a healthy lifestyle to ensure 2014 is filled with confidence and balance. Take control of your schedule, set limits, and compromise to create a more stress-free and fun lifestyle with these helpful tips to take control of 2014 and maintain a healthy body and soul.

Five tips for a healthier and more balanced you in 2014 from Jen Joas of UrbanHalo:

  1. Schedule “Me” time: Whether you’re a mom for the first time or have multiple kids, you know adding a new person to your routine changes everything. The baby’s schedule takes over the hum of the household. Making time for you can be challenging, but it can be done. And if you’re a Mom of school-aged kids, you know how much time is spent driving kids to activities and appointments. Make time each week for some down time where you can recharge and revitalize yourself. Take a class on that hobby you enjoy or indulge in a bubble bath and a good book. Nurturing the soul is as vital to motherhood as caring for your new baby. Ask Grandma or a good friend to babysit so you find moments to truly relax.
  2. Eat Healthy: Eating right takes a conscious effort and time to plan. As a mother, a clean diet and proper nutrition are recipes for success. If you are breastfeeding you need to fuel your body with healthy foods to keep your stamina and health at optimum levels. If you have a picky toddler, you can model good eating habits by packaging Ziplocs of raw fruits and vegetables as “fast food” that you can grab-and-go with your busy schedule. The less you handle foods in the cooking process, the more vitamin-rich they are. Grill and broil meats when possible and keep lots of greens and nuts on hand for a quick pick-me-up. Remember, carbohydrates will make you feel lethargic so keep those to a minimum. And of course, drink plenty of water.
  3. Date Night: New dads may feel a tinge of jealousy over all of the time you spend caring for your new bundle of joy. As your family expands and the kids grow older, make reigniting the romance in your marriage a top priority. Even if you can’t rendezvous with your partner as often as you used too, it is important to schedule time for the two of you bond. Make dad feel important and needed in your life, and it is sure to help him adjust to the new family dynamic, and increase his attraction for you.
  4. Learn to Say “No”: It is so much simpler to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes calling, however, learning to say “no” is an essential skill you will want to acquire. Besides your daily routine of taking care of the kids and the household, your days will also be filled with dentist appointments, play dates, extra curricular activities, volunteering at the school and possibly going back to work. There are all kinds of worthy causes to say “yes” to, but it is prudent to be selective about activities you choose to commit to. Friends and family will understand if you have to occasionally say “no” to keep your sanity in check.
  5. Exercise: When you’re sleep deprived, the last thing you want to attempt is a good workout. However, exercise is an excellent way to release endorphins and increase your energy. Taking the kids for a walk around the block, bike-riding, or wrestling with them on the floor can be an outstanding way for you and the kids to get your blood pumping, boost your heart rate, and spend quality time together. Include other moms in your neighborhood and get some socializing in at the same time. Having kids can make it tough to squeeze in a full workout, but even 10-15 minutes of activity three times a week can benefit your physical and emotional wellbeing. Not only will you burn off stress and increase your energy level, but you’ll also maintain your fitness at the same time.

So ladies, don your stylish UrbanHalo and kick-start a healthy lifestyle for the New Year with a New Year’s resolution that is all about you. For more information about Jen Joas and her fashionable headbands, visit the UrbanHalo website and like them on Facebook.

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