Be someone who means it when they say, “new year, new me!” – especially, when you have the goal of improving your mental and physical health. Without a sound mind and body, we can never function at our fullest potential, nor feel our best.
Here are six things you should start doing that will kick off the new year right and make 2018 your healthiest and most fulfilling yet!
Put self-care at the forefront of priorities
The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Don’t see “self-care as indulging in a massage or expensive purchase every once in a while – it’s maintaining your emotional and physical well-being every day.
That includes exercising, speaking and treating yourself with only kindness and understanding, and decompressing from the world when necessary. Furthermore, practicing self-care naturally makes you set a standard for everything and everyone in your life, which makes settling for anything less than what you want, need, and deserve a thing of the past.
Praise and validate yourself because you have come so far
More often than not, we have a tendency to undercut our accomplishments. Why? Well, human beings are unfortunately their own worst critics. Instead of thinking you could have done or known better in the past, use your experiences as reminders of how much stronger you have become.
You do yourself a serious disservice by not acknowledging your own success which is a catalyst to low self-esteem. Pat yourself on the back and be proud! While praise from others is fantastic to receive, the most important form of it comes from yourself. You don’t need someone tell you that you’re already great – deep down, you should believe that you always have been and will be.
Develop a solid morning and night routine
One of the main things that make a person successful and clear-minded are their everyday habits. If you have good everyday habits, you develop an inherent sense of discipline that makes you productive and ready to face the day as efficiently as possible.
When you schedule out blocks of the day to successfully follow some routine and complete tasks, the organized structure prevents you from wasting time throughout the day and keeps your productive momentum going. Say goodbye to frantic and rushed moments before work when you have a solid morning and night routine!
Get enough sleep
Without sleep, our bodies do not properly recover or rejuvenate itself. Did you know that 1 in 3 adults do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep? If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, a lot of factors can be changed in your everyday routine.
For example, if you work at home, leave professional business at the door. Otherwise, your mind associates the bedroom as a place of stress. Social media junkie? Limit your technology intake by putting devices away an hour before bed.
The exposure to blue light takes a strain on your eyes and lowers your melatonin production! Instead, spend that last hour before bed winding down with a book, a cup of tea, or conversation with a partner. Not only does this all help you fall asleep faster, you will feel the quality of your sleep dramatically improve and wake up feeling refreshed.
Follow through with daily exercise and a diet plan
Ah yes, the classic tip to keep up with daily exercise and a healthy diet. This will be a tip until the end of time for good reason! Both exercise and a healthy diet keeps you physically and emotionally strong, thus lowering your risk of developing diseases or getting sick.
First, you will feel in tip-top shape eating clean! Junk food leaves you feeling drowsy and sluggish, since the only thing fueling you is artificial and temporary energy. Quitting drinking can also be a lifesaver! Exercise, on the other hand, encourages the body’s production of endorphins and dopamine, which are natural painkillers that help you bounce back from a bad mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. And lastly, who knows? You might make a certain physical activity your new favorite hobby!
Eliminate the unnecessary and negative energy in your life
Eliminate negative and external factors in your life, such as a person, thing, or even a mindset that brings you unnecessary stress and anxiety. You don’t need to stay close to people who make you feel inferior – you deserve better than that. Furthermore, become the person who stops seeing the glass as half-empty, but rather as a glass that always has the opportunity to become full again and again.
Say positive affirmations and embrace the fact that you’re human rather than berate yourself with excessive self-blame or a perfectionist attitude. Last but not least, practice gratitude every day – doing so keeps you grounded and prevents you from taking the good things and people in your life for granted.
A healthier year is a happier one, and you are on the right track if you implement any of the aforementioned tips to your life. Here’s to a successful and healthy 2018. You’re going to be great!