New Year, New Me
That’s how every year starts, we make resolutions to better ourselves and our daily lives and they usually only last for two weeks. It’s a new decade, so maybe time to implement some new and healthy daily habits that are actually going to last.
Here are some of our top wellness tips that you can actually stick to and that will help make small changes in your life
Clean Space, Clear Mind
In 2019, Marie Kondo showed the world that cleaning and decluttering was good for our wellbeing, rather than just chore we have to deal with once in a while. We all love that satisfying feeling after we’ve cleared our personal space. So why not do it more often? Take time once a week to get things together, get rid of things that don’t bring you joy and turn your place into somewhere you want to be.
Get your Body Moving
It’s everyone’s new resolution, every year and it’s also the one most people don’t really stick to. This year, try to make it a priority to exercise and move your body on a regular basis. The key is to go slowly and to find something that works for you. Not everyone is meant to spend hours at the gym at 5AM in the morning. Maybe your way of exercising is going to a dance class, going for a run, doing yoga. It’s really up to you to find what you feel most comfortable doing, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. There are so many new ways of working out now, so you’ll probably be able to find something that works for you on the long-term. You'll manage to keep yourself motivated if you have a friend in the same situation, then you'll be able to go together and hold each other accountable!
Take it Slow
With new year resolutions, we often put way too much on our plate, which is what usually leads us to giving up on our resolutions because we can’t even keep up with the goals we set for ourselves. Only make a small list of resolutions or goals, ones that you know you can stick to and work on on the long-run. Keep it realistic and short, knowing that you don’t have to work on them in the first week of January, but you have a whole year and more to do so. It’s important to take things slow to realize what you’ll actually be able to achieve and what is more of a fantasy than a reality.
Work on your Sleeping Habits
Sleep is (to some extent) the key to having a successful day and therefore and successful year. Having a regular sleep schedule as well as morning and night routines is quite essential to making the most out of your day. If you can do it, make sure you sleep at least 7-8 hours a night, enough time for your body and mind to recover from the past day and to get ready for the next one. Many people struggle with their sleep, whether it’s consistency or quality.
There is now a plethora of apps you can download to help you unwind and calm your mind to help you catch the best sleep.
Implement New Healthy Habits
The new year is a time to improve your old habits and implement new ones. January feels like the best time to break the routine and start a new one. Doesn’t have to be anything drastic but as long as it can make a small change in the way you feel, go for it. Sign up to that class you’ve been eyeing, cross that thing you’ve had on your to-do list off. If you don’t do it now, you might not get to it until the next year comes around.
Go on a Digital Detox
Technology is taking over our lives completely, so we’re always reminded to make sure to spend time away from our screens as much as we can. We’ve become so reliant on technology, even sometimes dependant that we don’t even realize that it’s become an automatism.
You don’t need to be drastic and throw away your phone and laptop, but just try and cut back the time you spend on electronic devices. You can set time limits for apps that are too time consuming, set an alarm in the evening to stop going on your phone before bed. You can also plan one or two days in the weekend when you can, plan everything ahead so that you won’t need to go on your phone (it also makes you accountable and you can’t cancel plans when you get lazy). When you think about it, it wasn’t that long ago that most people didn’t have phones and access to the world in a few seconds.
This year, resolutions are a lot more about stepping up on the selfcare side, lowering our stress levels. We used to talk about doing more social activities and going out more, which you should definitely keep doing. But it’s never bad to hit pause on your social life to take a day for yourself. Whether it’s for an hour, a day or a whole weekend, you just want to make sure you’re taking time to make yourself happy. Because if you’re not happy, your vibes won’t be the best ones to be around.