Getting your health back on track is a huge goal for you this year. Not only do you need to reassess the bad habits that you have formed over recent years, but you also want to form some new ones. Most of us develop good and bad habits due to repetition; you do something once, so it makes total sense to do it again. You might be dealing with dental anxiety and you never visit the dentist or you may be ordering take out way too often. Whatever your current habits may be, let’s reevaluate them and start to form some new ones that will make a huge difference to your health.
This is probably one of the most important healthy habits you need to start if you haven’t already! Having unprotected sex can put you at risk of getting an STD and we all know that urgent care isn’t the best choice for STD scares. You will need to get down to a local clinic to get tested, which can often take quite a while. Instead of going through these unnecessary scares, you need to consider how you protect yourself. Speak to your local healthcare provider if you need more information on contraception.
- Stay On Top of Your Appointments
Everyone is guilty of skipping their doctor or dentist check-ups from time to time. Sometimes they just crop up at the most inconvenient times, so why bother? The truth is, you need those regular check-ups to stay healthy. If you miss a couple, you might be losing out on the healthcare you need.
- Make Time For Yourself
This is one of the healthiest habits you can form for your mental health. Nowadays most of us are so busy trying to make other people happy, that we forget about ourselves all too easily. Make it your mission to create specific time slots for yourself throughout the week and don’t feel pressured into saying “yes” to everyone and everything. If your diary is full, you don’t even need to explain yourself, simply tell your friend or colleague that you’re not available!
- Eat Well
Eating well is the secret to success in many cases. The truth is, when you don’t fuel your body with the correct sustenance, you aren’t going to do your best at anything. Whether you need to focus at work or you need extra energy to look after little children, you need to eat three balanced meals a day. Get organized and prepare your meals ahead of time; this means that you don’t have the temptation of buying an unhealthy lunch when you’re out and about at work.
- Exercise Often
Whether it’s one of your goals to get fit in 2020, or you are simply doing it for your mental health, exercise should be weaved into your daily routine as soon as possible. Much like healthy eating, exercise needs to become a big part of your daily habits. Increase your amount of exercise gradually so that it doesn’t come as a huge shock to the system! Get off the bus a stop earlier or leave the car at home when you have that quick errand to run; walking counts as a great form of exercise so give it a try.
- Reduce Screen Time
Being glued to your phone screen 24/7 is something you can relate to. In this day and age, you feel as though you’re missing out if you don’t go on Instagram seventeen times a day. If you can be mindful and reduce your screen time as much as possible, you will feel more in control and present in your life. Enjoy the little things around you, rather than using your phone to navigate you through life.
- Make Sure You’re Happy in Your Career
When you’re stuck in a dead-end career it can feel debilitating, isolating and depressing. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself to an office that makes you feel like this. This year, why not reassess your career if it’s making you feel unhappy? Seek out other opportunities that will make you feel so much better about yourself. Life is all about taking risks and finding your own path in this scary world. Use this opportunity to make a change in your career and you will feel so much better.
- Practice Gratitude
One thing that you should strive to do every single day is practicing gratitude. When you can actively show that you’re grateful for every little positive thing in your life, you will feel so much happier. Start your morning by writing down three things that you’re grateful for in your life. This will give you motivation for the day ahead so that you don’t get into a habit of feeling sorry for yourself when one tiny thing goes wrong. You could be grateful for a seat on a busy train, a hot cup of tea on a cold morning or a hug from your other half; the possibilities are endless.
- Get Outside More!
The fresh air and nature and do you a world of good. If you start one healthy habit this year, it needs to be getting outside more. Go for a walk at every given opportunity, make yourself breathe in the fresh air and enjoy nature. The more time you spend outdoors, the more you will appreciate the little things in your life.
Once you start to implement these healthy habits into your life, you will start to feel a whole lot happier in yourself. You will need to start by making small changes, then you can build them up into bigger and more impactful life swaps. Try not to get overwhelmed by these big differences; they are all intended to make your life a whole lot healthier and happier. So make some changes today and reach your goals for this year.