We can all agree that 2020 was a rough year, and brought on an unprecedented amount of stressors. It also taught us that our health is more important than ever. However, if you’ve found it difficult to prioritize your health while navigating through the new normals over the past year, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve shared New Year’s health and wellness tips and planning tools to help you reach your goals and make this your healthiest year yet.
1. Set Attainable Health Goals
The road to success rarely starts with a big New Year’s resolution. Many of us have tried setting ambitious resolutions in the past only to find ourselves unable to follow through on them. That’s why it is so important to break goals down into smaller steps. Rather than setting one giant personal health goal, try setting smaller, more attainable goals that you can work towards gradually. And don’t forget to be patient with yourself!
2. Track Your Mood
Regularly tracking your moods can help to improve your overall mental health. When you tune in to your moods, you can start to better understand your own thoughts and feelings. Try logging your moods for a month and think about what might be triggering your highs and lows. Over time, you will start to notice patterns. Understanding these patterns can help you make healthier choices and boost your mood throughout the year.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness can help you stay anchored to the present moment and relieve stress. All the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic often makes it hard to feel grounded, so practicing mindfulness will be especially important moving forward into the new year. Simply cut out the mindfulness mantras above and place them around your living space as a reminder to stay positive and also go easy on yourself this year!
4. Drink Water Throughout The Day
Staying hydrated can greatly benefit your physical and mental health. It promotes healthy skin and kidney function, boosts energy levels, and can even improve brain function. That will definitely help you out on busy workdays! It is recommended that women drink about 11.5 cups of water a day–which sounds like a lot! To make reaching your goal easier, try using a log to track your daily water intake. Infusing your water with fresh fruit or herbs can also make drinking water a little more fun!
5. Schedule Out Appointments and Health Check-ins
Monitoring our physical health is more important than ever. Be sure to schedule medical appointments and regular health check-ins throughout the year, and create a plan that fits your schedule. Try adding the stickers above to your calendar or planner to help you remember important health dates. You’ll thank yourself later!