5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living03 January 2020
Whether you’re a believer in the whole “new year, new you” thing or not, the New Year usually signals a fresh start. And this year, with a whole new decade arriving, it feels even more like everyone has a chance at a clean slate. To help you take advantage of that 2020 Energy, we rounded up a few simple good-for-you tweaks you can make to your usual routine. These healthy mini resolutions are all so small that they’re super-easy to stick with, and they’ll have an outsized effect on your wellbeing. Choose one or two to try out, and if you give up on them before CNY, don’t sweat it — you can pick them up again (or not) any day of the year.
Drink more water
In the realm of “small steps that make a big difference,” guzzling more H2O is queen. Besides keeping you hydrated, water helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout your body and helps your organs flush out waste materials.
Get a reuseable water bottle and vow to drink the whole thing down twice a day to hit the ball park recommendation of eight cups. (How much water you actually need depends on a bunch of factors, like body size and activity levels, so feel free to be flexible to determine what feels right for you.) Or just add in one extra cup a day, as soon as you wake up in the morning. Hello, natural energy.
Prioritize self care
This can include, but is not limited to, a trip to the spa or a fresh manicure. “For some, self care could mean setting boundaries with their work colleagues or personal relationships. For others, it might mean curling up with a good book. And yet for others, it might mean focusing on healthy eating or getting more sleep. It might mean unplugging from social media.”
This year, vow to figure out exactly what you can do self care-wise. My feel-good addition? Make myself be smooth and be hair free — hey, I deserve it! Book now!
Be proactive about preventative care
Get a primary-care provider. Already have one? Pat yourself on the back — you’re ahead of the game. Many people don’t realize that a primary-care wellness visit can also helps you manage your mental health, sleep, healthy eating habits, and activity.
“Many people view the health care system as a sick care system. They only seek care when they are not feeling well,However, it’s important that every person has a primary-care provider in order to focus on staying healthy through preventative care.” That includes a regular physical (depending on your age, you may only need one every few years), an annual flu shot, and more.
“There is compelling evidence that mindfulness is beneficial to our overall health, And on the other end of the spectrum, being buried in our devices is detrimental to our health.”
Take a small step and just commit to putting your phone down every so often. Stay off your phone for at least 10 minutes after waking up in the morning. Goodbye in-bed Insta scrolling, hello mental wellbeing. Practice ‘intuitive eating’ which will help you become more in touch with your body’s needs—eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. This includes planning to take your time with your meals and not eating in front of the TV or computer.
Cut back on alcohol
Listen, no one is telling you to give up the pinot grigio. But consider drinking it less. Cap yourself at one glass instead of two or cut yourself off entirely for a few days, or a few weeks. It’s no secret that consuming excessive amounts of alcohol isn’t the best for you or your body. Test the waters of an alcohol-lite lifestyle; you might surprise yourself by feeling so good you keep it up.