5 Ways to Start Your Year Off Right

Like many other people, you may be thinking about what you would like to accomplish in 2021 or what life changes you could make. Common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, exercising, getting organised, learning new skills and saving money.

To achieve your resolutions, consider the following strategies:

  • Set a goal that motivates you.
  • Set a goal that is specific.
  • Set a goal that is manageable or attainable.
  • Write down your goals to establish intention.
  • Share your goals with others to increase accountability.

Ready, Set, Go!

2020 has likely given you time to reflect and think about what you’d like to change about your lifestyle. This is a good time to make positive life changes and strive for an overall healthier self. Consider the following five tips to start the new year off right:

  1. Check in on your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health in building a healthy lifestyle. Reach out to a professional if you need help.
  2. Be social. Isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to mean loneliness. It is still possible to connect with others virtually or while practising social distancing.
  3. Get regular check-ups. Stay up to date with regular visits to your GP and necessary health tests. Screenings can help identify health issues to be addressed.
  4. Drink more water. Consuming sugary drinks, like juice or fizzy drinks, can cause liver damage, premature aging and anxiety. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as well.
  5. Count nutrients, not calories. Focus on improving the overall quality of your diet and not getting hung up on calories. Achieve this by adding more fibre, protein and probiotics to your diet.

If you do just one thing in 2021, consider making time for yourself. Identify the activities that make you happy or fulfilled and prioritise them. Talk to your GP or mental health professional for guidance and support with lifestyle changes.

 

Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.

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