Happy New Year Oola babes, and welcome to another year of living your best life. There is something about the start of a new year that is synonymous with resolutions, turning over a new leaf, or choosing to invest in new areas of your life—and we are SO here for all of it!

2020 was a year like we’ve never seen before, and there is palpable hope that 2021 will be a return to normalcy. Ain't no shame in anyone’s game for how they chose to cope with the events of the past year. However, turning over the calendar is a great opportunity for a reset. That's why we're dedicating the next 31 days to exploring a different resolution each day.

For the past few months, we’ve been surveying our readers (that’s you) and researching the most popular resolutions. Over the next few weeks, we are exploring everything from quitting a bad habit or finally losing that extra weight to planning for the future and choosing to grow in a beautiful way. Check back here each day to keep track of each resolution, complete with our expert advice on how to tackle them.

Start 2021 With a Check-in With Your Future Self

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Kick the year off right by prioritizing your future health with AncestryHealth®. Thanks to modern technology, there is a way to find out what specific health conditions that you are at the greatest risk of inheriting. Do you want to know your personal risk for inherited high cholesterol, iron overload, or digestive issues? How about your inherited risk of breast cancer or heart issues like cardiomyopathy?

Find out the inherited risks you face in your DNA with AncestryHealth®. Be proactive with your healthcare and Start 2021 With a Check-in With Your Future Self.

7 Ways to Sleep Better in 2021

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Of the many things to dislike about getting older, trouble sleeping has to be one of the worst. (Okay, wrinkles are the worst, but trouble sleeping is top five.) Our editorial staff has tried tons of products, supplements, bedding, you name it, all in the quest for a better night’s sleep.

If sleeping better is one of your resolutions in 2021, check out our curated list of the tried-and-true products that have helped us get better zzz's. All of the following products come highly recommended by a member of our team. Here's to a great night's sleep, and better rest in the new year.

Lose Five Pounds in January by Dedicating Five Minutes a Day to This App

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Say "sayonara" to unhealthy eating habits in 2021 with Noom. Noom takes a psychology-based approach to maintaining a healthy weight that focuses on lifestyle changes so you can be healthier and happier in the new year.

Three Ways to Get Healthy That Don't Involve Dieting

Getting healthy isn’t all about losing weight, although it can be a nice byproduct. If getting healthy is one of your resolutions, make sure to give yourself plenty of grace in the new year and focus less on the scale and more on the quality of your days. Here are three things you can do that are guaranteed to have your healthiest year yet.

Cure Anxiety the Natural Way

There are a number of different types of crystals, and each is believed to have its own abilities to heal the mind and body by helping you get rid of negative energy. The key, according to researchers, is the power of the mind. Indulge in this method of self-care with mindfulness, reflection, and acceptance. The mind has a lot more healing power than it gets credit for.

Mindfulness Isn't Just a Granola Gimmick: Here's How to Be More Mindful in 2021

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Mindfulness may sound a little "woo woo," but research shows that it can help with attention, reduce bias, and improve overall mental health. Here are some steps you can take to relieve stress, be more present, and become more mindful in 2021.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

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Are you bad about skipping the most important meal of the day? Make these Banana Cookie Overnight Oats tonight and they'll be ready to enjoy in the morning when you're in a hurry, too busy, or don't feel like cooking. Easy, delicious, and healthy, this breakfast is even kid-approved!

Quit or Lessen Your Sugar Intake

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When it comes to sugar intake, the Spice Girls said it best back in 1997: too much of something is bad enough; too much of nothing is just as tough. As more people resolve to better themselves in the new year, deciding to lessen or quit sugar intake entirely is a great place to start. However, sugar can have incredibly addictive effects on the brain, so quitting cold turkey is not recommended. Instead, try these simple, effective ways to lessen or eliminate your sugar intake.

15 Proven Tips to Quit Smoking (From a 20 Year Smoker)

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Nicotine is a helluva drug. Those of us who have been under its spell know what its like to be a slave serving an unrelenting master. Its a vicious cycle: One cigarette begets the next. Amidst the cluster that was 2020, Oola editor Laura was able to emancipate herself from a 20-year pack-a-day nicotine addiction. If she can do it, so can you! Here's how to put this bad habit to bed and quit smoking cigarettes for good.

Abstain from Alcohol

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Whether you're sober curious, or just want to give your liver a break, Dry January is a great excuse to re-evaluate your relationship with alcohol. Oola editor Laura has been on the wagon for about a year, so she's got some great tips for making it through Dry January sans booze.

Set Healthy Boundaries

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Resolving to set boundaries between family, friends, or co-workers can not only fortify existing relationships can be the biggest act of self-care you can do for yourself. While setting healthy boundaries can feel uncomfortable, we’re setting the record straight: The word "no" can still be said with love, kindness, and respect.

Quitting Caffeine

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Many of us can’t imagine starting the day without caffeine, but sometimes that morning cup of joe leaves us jittery instead of energized. If giving up the go-go juice is on your 2021 to-do list, read this first.

Start Intermittent Fasting

Rather than focusing on the next new diet to try, why not focus on changing up your eating pattern? It’s a subtle change, but one that makes a huge difference in the scales. Intermittent fasting (or IF) has quickly gained popularity as a highly effective method for weight loss and moderation. Read our article What's the Skinny? Breaking Down Intermittent Fasting for Women to learn more about IF and find out if it's right for you.

Meal Planning

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Eating healthier, exercising more, and losing weight are three of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Thanks to impossible-to-follow fad diets and unrealistic workout regimens, they’re also the easiest to break. Intermittent fasting offers an easier way to jumpstart your health goals by restricting not what you eat, but when you eat. Pairing intermittent fasting with thoughtful meal planning and prep allows you to reap the many health benefits of IF without feeling hangry 100% of the time.

Find a Fasting Plan That’s Tailored to You

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Interested in intermittent fasting but don't know where to start? The DoFasting app can help! Find out which fasting schedule is right for you by taking the free quiz. DoFasting makes intermittent fasting easy with daily schedules, meal plans, and workouts, too!

Shed Pounds with Intermittent Fasting

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If we haven't convinced you to try intermittent fasting yet, read Oola writer Nora Nance's first-hand account of how intermittent fasting helped her get to her post-baby goal weight.

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