As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to gear up for the New Year, leaving behind everything that ensnared you in things that meddled with your physical or mental well-being. Each year, we have a plethora of resolutions, which we often forget about, by mid-January itself!
This New Year, let’s not focus on ‘resolutions’ anymore. Instead, let’s focus on the commitment that you owe yourself for your overall health and wellness. Here are 20 tips to make your 2020 the most positive and productive year of your life—
1. Focus on self-care
Motivating yourself to be productive everyday requires you to care for yourself first. It’s not limited to just how you look but also how you feel. Focus on your mental well-being as much as your physical well-being.
2. Drink at least three liters of water everyday
Hydration is extremely important at all times! Make it a point to drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water daily—your body will thank you!
3. Walk for at least 20 minutes everyday
Brisk walking for a specific amount of time everyday will keep those unwanted calories at bay. You can incorporate this habit in your morning routine or evening routine, according to your schedule.
4. Limit your alcohol intake
You may think a drink or two at social events does no harm to your body but the truth is, eventually it all adds up when your health goes south. So, try to limit your alcohol intake as much as possible and opt for a tangy lemonade instead!
5. QUIT smoking
Before you cringe yet again at the anti-tobacco ads shown at the movie theatres, make it a point to cringe at tobacco instead! Your lungs will be forever grateful to you!
6. Sleep at least for eight hours
Your body needs at least eight hours of sleep to regain its strength after being active for the whole day. Regardless of how busy your schedule is, make sure you catch good sleep at night.
7. Travel more
Someone wise once said, ‘If we were meant to stay at one place, we would have roots instead of feet!’ Traveling is a beautiful therapy that gives you a much-needed break from your mundane, hectic life. So, whenever possible, go for a short or long trip.
8. Socialise more
It’s okay if you would rather stay in than party every weekend. But try to talk to more people whenever you can, be it in your personal circle or professional network. Humans often suffer in silence but once they open up, they tend to realize they are not alone in any battle because someone else is going through it too.
9. Don’t be ‘too busy’
Amid your busy schedules, don’t forget those who are dear to you. Be it your parents, other family members, or friends—keeping in touch is extremely imperative.
10. Don’t ignore your health-related symptoms
Be it a minor rash or headaches—never ignore the signs your body gives because there could be something underlying. Get timely health checks done since only an early diagnosis can be the key to better treatment.
11. Respect the environment
We owe a lot to our environment for whatever it has given us and still does. Do your share of conserving it by saying no to single-use plastic, planting more trees, and every little thing you can.
12. Reduce your screen time
Netflix or your smartphone—try to limit your screen time as it can meddle with your sleep patterns and brain functions, causing mood swings and insomnia.
13. Don’t let social media fool you
Everything that looks hunky dory on social media may not be the same in real life. Try to demarcate between one’s highlight reels and reality and let go of ‘social media validation’ for everything you do in life.
14. Eat your greens
Junk food once in a while is okay but your daily diet should essentially comprise a bevy of green veggies and fruits. This will boost not just your heart health but also improve other organ functions.
15. Ditch the sedentary lifestyle
Be it at home or your workplace desk—avoid sitting for long hours and stand or walk whenever possible. A sedentary lifestyle is closely linked to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases as well as obesity.
16. Don’t let the gym membership expire just like that
If like the majority, you too are getting a hefty sum debited from your account for that gym membership, make sure it’s put to good use. Try to hit the gym at least four days a week to keep your muscles up and about!
17. Stop overthinking
Stress can wait! Don’t spoil your present by stressing too much on the future and take one day at a time.
18. Give yourself time to heal
Be it a breakup or postpartum depression or simply a bad decision—give your mind and body time to heal. You mustn’t push yourself too much; after all, Rome wasn’t built in one day!
19. Keep your company positive
The kind of company we keep matters a lot since their thoughts and energies often reflect in how we begin to perceive things. Hence, it is crucial that you stay away from people with negative thoughts as much as possible and let only positivity be contagious.
It’s 2020! A new year! But that doesn’t mean everything has to start on the go, right now. Every day is a new day, so cut yourself some slack, as it’s absolutely okay to start slow and build up the pace as the days pass by.
Take a pledge to make 2020 the best year of your life. Come what may, never let your health and wellness take a backseat.
Make health a priority this 2020 and book a health test with mfine today.