January is here, it's the New Year! We all set goals and feel the most motivated. For many, setting health oriented goals are of most importance. Setting goals to improve one's health is crucial and it is a matter of choice. Many people wish to have health goals such as, excellent health, higher energy levels, or to improve nutrition. The New Year could not be a better time to start implementing such goals. Thus, I write this blog to give my recommendations on the 5 best wellness goals for a healthy New Year.
Incorporate Daily Physical Activity
Work, family time, and life can get the best of you and it is common for someone to stop making time to workout or go for their daily walk. But starting this New Year, start increasing your physical activity every week. The goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity.
If you are regularly being active, you may be managing a better weight, lowering your blood pressure, or reducing your risk of heart attacks. These make up just a few of the potential benefits of working out. The American Heart Association provides a few of the ways physical activity can help you feel better. Noting, physical activity is a natural mood lifter, it can keep you physically fit and able, it can help keep the doctor away, and it is shown to help you live longer.
So starting on January 1st, just make effort and time to move more - sit less. It's not complicated because doing something is better than doing nothing.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is an essential function. Sleep allows the body and mind to recharge so that it may function properly. By not getting the adequate amount of time to sleep, this can impair your abilities on concentration and judgment, thinking clearly, and processing memories.
Studies show 1 in 3 people do not get the minimum seven hours of sleep that is recommended. By ensuring you get adequate amount of sleep each night is a very important wellness goal that anyone can set.
Improving your sleep can be improved by adding a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle habits. You can also try using supplements, like Nutriair Sleep, which contains a supplement blend of melatonin, L-Theanine, passionflower, and chamomile. This products works to promote a more healthy night of sleep.
You can also improve your sleep by going to bed by a certain time every night and getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night. These simple changes will get you right on track for a healthy New Year.
Eating Your Veggies Regularly
Vegetables are your friend. Eating healthier can be encouraged by simply just adding one vegetable a day in your diet. Vegetables are a valuable source of healthful vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. People who eat more produce and vegetables daily are more likely to have a decreased risk of some chronic diseases. You can add veggies to your diet by baking veggies into bread, add it to your smoothie, or making a vegetable soup.
Eating vegetables regularly is a great wellness goal to set. Vegetables can be added to almost anything that you eat. Get creative!
Make Time for Self-Care
In this day and age, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily stresses of life and just feeling exhausted. This cycle continues and we lack making the time for ourselves - to focus on ourselves. That's where self-care comes into play.
Making time for self-care is a New Year's goal we can all incorporate in our lives. It is crucial for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. By learning how to better cope with daily stressors equips you to live your best life. Self-care can have a different meaning for everyone, but as long as you are focusing on caring for your mind, body, and spirit, then you are doing exactly what you need to be doing.
The key is to take one step at a time, focusing on the aspects of your life that you have been neglecting. A few simple self-care habits that you can start incorporating in January could be meditating for five minutes a day daily, taking a break or nap when you need it, stop overthinking, spending more time friends and family, or reading a book. By simply making more time for self-care time can make all the difference. It won't take long for you to see a difference in your overall wellness.
Take a Social Media Break
Everywhere you look people are constantly glued to their phones checking on their social media. There are studies showing some of the negative impacts of social media, like depression, self-esteem and body images issues, or anxiety. People become more attached to their phones more-so than they do personal relationships. Thus, a great wellness goal to set for the New Year is to make time away from social media.
You can make this goal a reality by putting your phone in another room, especially when seeing friends or family. Be accountable and track your time spent looking at social media. Set goals by utilizing apps that track this for you. Another simple approach would be to turn off notifications and make time out of your schedule to completely cease all social media use for a few days. During this time, you can focus on meeting and engaging face to face, or you can use it as a more productive day.
Thus, taking a break from social media can set you up for a healthy New Year. Instead of living through your phone screen, we learn to live again. Allowing us to see life in a whole new perspective.
With every New Year brings a new mindset to set personal goals for yourself. For a healthy New Year, my five recommended goals are to increase your physical activity, get adequate sleep, eat veggies daily, make time for self-care, and take social media breaks.
The key is to set goals to improve your overall wellness and health. Your goals can be set to whatever works for you, just make yourself accountable by sticking to them.