The end of the year is always a good occasion. It is a time for us to reflect on what happened throughout this current year, be they good or bad. What could have been done better? What could we have done without? What do I want to achieve next year?
This is why people make resolutions for the new year. Resolutions are a list of objectives they want to achieve in the next year — things that they believe will improve the quality of their lives next year. It can be as insignificant as waking up earlier on the weekends, to something as impactful as wanting to marry your other half and start a new life.
Resolutions are things we want to achieve because we believe they will make us feel better about ourselves, and it gives us a goal to work towards. The ultimate goal is simple — to be a better version of yourself this new year, compared to who you were last year. To be happier and healthier in both mind and body, here are some ways to help you achieve overall wellness in 2019.
Let’s Get Physical
The most common resolution you’ll hear from anyone would be to lose weight, burn off belly fat, or to get physically fitter. It doesn’t help that just before New Year’s is the festive holiday period, where people happily stuff themselves with food and drink to celebrate Christmas and the impending end of the year. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that many tend to gain weight during this period, and when the new year comes, they want to get rid of it.
The main problem is that while many are motivated to lose it at the start, they burn out fast and give up when it becomes too much of a hassle. Other pressing commitments like work and family come first, so we end up putting exercise aside. After procrastinating for too long, we end up forgetting about it and our health and physical fitness suffer. Luckily, there are some easy ways to help you get where you need to without sacrificing too much.
Watch What You Eat
When it comes to losing weight, exercise is only less than half the battle; the bigger priority is actually your diet. When you’re not careful about what you eat, you could gain weight and not even realize it until it’s too late. For example, maybe you’ve been snacking more recently and you don’t realize it because it has already become a habit. One way around this is to keep a food journal and track everything you are eating. When you start writing everything down, it will help you be more aware of just how much you’re eating and cut down on whatever is not necessary or excessive.
Find Time To Exercise
Yes, we know you’re probably going to argue that you don’t have the time — but do you really not have time? If you want results, you’re going to have to work for it, because good things don’t come easy. High-intensity interval training — or HIIT — is a great way to burn off fat, and a complete workout can take only 30 minutes. If you really can’t even squeeze out 30 minutes a day for yourself, there are other ways you can sneak in some exercise. Alight one station away from your usual bus or train stop and walk the remaining distance, do some stretches and simple exercises while at your desk, or even go for quick runs during your lunch break.
Get Yourself Checked
You might think you’re fit as a fiddle, so there can’t be anything wrong with your health. For the most part, you’re probably right, but as they say – you can never be too careful. Make it a point to go for a full body check-up at the hospital or a clinic, just to make sure everything is alright.
Finding Inner Peace
Physical fitness is important, and it is what many prioritize when they set their resolutions, but they tend to neglect something just as important — their mental wellness. What good would it do to be physically fit but your mental health is making you feel negative emotions — depression, anger, frustration? Do not underestimate the power of a healthy mental state — with confidence, anything is achievable.
Don’t Stress The Small Stuff
It really is easier said than done, but stress should always be kept to a minimum as much as possible. A demanding life with deadlines at work and school, social commitments with family and friends, and a lot of other factors can contribute to a build-up of stress. At times, stress is good for us because it can motivate and inspire, but for the most part, it is detrimental to our overall well-being. If left unchecked, it can cause major health issues like high blood pressure and an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses — so learn to roll with the punches and don’t let the little things get to you.
Do The Things You Love
So as we mentioned how stress is bad for your mental health, you need to learn how to de-stress effectively. The best way to do this is to find time for yourself, and to do the things you love — read a book, go for a run, spend time with the people you love and cherish, play a video game — it can be anything, but as long as you enjoy it, you will feel a lot better, which will only lead to better mental wellness.