Don’t worry… this is not a list of New Year’s resolutions, but something to help you look at the coming year with meaningful perspective. Many people make New Year’s resolutions with good intentions, only to fall short within the first month of the new year.
There are things you can do to help prepare yourself for the year ahead with healthy intentions. Think about things you can do throughout the year making it easier on yourself to meet healthy living goals.
The good news is there are so many beneficial choices you can make to improve your well-being it’s easier than you think. Here are ten options you can easily incorporate into your plans for a better new year.
1. Pray. Some may not be in the mood to celebrate for personal reasons that unfortunately became the highlight of their year. Pray for those who will find it difficult to move forward because they lost a loved one or something of value close to them. Pray for those who didn’t get the opportunity they hoped for to do better and pray they can seize it in the New Year. Pray for those who have lost hope and faith. Pray for those who need strength and encouragement.
2. Make a promise to yourself to do something positive that will impact your health. Again, this is does not have to be a New Year’s resolution, but something reasonable your health will benefit from. You can try to eat better or adopt a new favorite food that is healthy. Consider using more natural and organic health products. You can schedule that health screening you’ve been putting off. Maybe something is bothering you (health wise) and now would be a good time to discuss it with your doctor.
3. Learn innovative ways to take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. There are various types of exercise options you can review. Think of options that are more than just running, walking, jogging, and yoga. These things are great but, consider other options such as reading, therapy, and alternative health solutions that are just as helpful. Our society is full of stress, chaos, and frustration. You need to do something to retain your sanity and inner peace.
4. Review what you have to be thankful for. You may have your goals set on making accomplishments in the New Year. But, pause for a moment and think about what you have to be thankful for and what you gained in the past year. This gives a sense of purpose and appreciation for the things you have in your life. This can be anything from family, friends, your health, a job, a roof over your head, etc.
5. Look into ways you can give more to others. You can do anything from volunteering, donating to charity, or offer helpful advice that can help someone else improve their life.
6. Be the example you preach about. Do you find yourself telling others what they should be doing, only to find you’re not doing it yourself? If you are trying to get your kids to eat more veggies, do it with them. If your spouse needs to cut back on certain habits, do it with them. Be the example you want others to follow so they can make a change for the better.
7. Invest in equipment that will help you manage your health. You can purchase a blood pressure monitor, smartwatch, treadmill, pedometer, electric toothbrush, or whatever interests you. There are health apps you can download on your tablet or mobile device. Just make sure it is something you can see yourself using long-term so you don’t waste your money.
8. Upgrade your kitchen equipment and utensils. This may encourage you to make better choices in the kitchen for yourself and your family. You can look into getting a new blender to help you make delicious fruit smoothies. Maybe you have been interested in a grill pan or some non-stick cookware.
9. Make changes to your eating habits. Start easy by incorporating an ingredient or two, or you can look into cutting back on certain foods to help you eliminate it. Look for healthy recipes you are willing to try. Consider ways to make positive changes to how you snack. Doing so can help those manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
10. Know when to put yourself first. Too many times throughout the year people tend to put the needs of others before their own. It is nice to help others in their time of need, but don’t forget to take care of yourself so you can continue being there for others.