“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.”
Since another year has come, generally, most people worry about success too much, or how to improve their career. Some also think of adding a few things to their bucket lists, while others think about redefining their weight goals.
But there is something that we tend to overlook the most — health. Before you plot your goal-setting or how you can make big changes in your life this 2023, aim for a healthy living first. Because the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your family is a healthy you.
The way you think, the way you behave, and the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. So here are six steps to plan your best and healthiest year yet.
1. Make diet more fun and interesting
One reason why many people fail in their diet plan is due to lack of interest or they just went for it because of pure hype.
Do you remember the moment you decided to go on a diet? You got so excited and start changing your grocery lists into healthier edibles. Then you put more time and effort into preparing healthy meals. To some, this may last for a couple of weeks or months. Then, eventually, the routine gradually changes.
Suddenly, you become lazier to prepare meals because you keep eating the same recipes. Then you started eating foods that you crave.
You started thinking “a small bite of chocolate will do no harm,” or “adding half a cup of rice won’t make me gain weight.”
You unconsciously mixed a healthy diet with frequent cheat days, which makes you gain weight and belly fat. Then, slowly, you lost the motivation to achieve your diet goals.
Make your diet more interesting by ‘continuously’ experimenting and learning new recipes. Follow more accounts on social media and YouTube channels that teach easy, yet healthy recipes. You’ll be surprised at how many you can add to your must-try recipes. Also, unfollow those contents that are not in line with your diet goals to prevent unhealthy food cravings. Also, always stay hydrated.
2. Add medical maintenance on your top priority lists
When was the last time you visited your doctor for a general checkup? Or your dentist for teeth cleaning?
Aside from financial matters, a busy schedule is also one of the reasons why people skip medical checkups. But if you want to become the best and healthiest version of yourself this year, do not skip the medical maintenance.
Save more time and money so you can visit your doctor at least once or twice a year, and your dentist for every 3 to 4 months. Don’t go shopping yet when you haven’t paid your doctor a visit. Or don’t go buying those latest gadgets if you haven’t seen your dentist yet. Always invest in your health first.
3. Check your headspace
Your body hears everything your mind says. Always look after your mental health because it plays an essential role in your overall wellness.
Let go of the things (or people) that disturb your inner peace, do brain exercises, and consider meditation as your mental therapy.
Additionally, since anxiety can hit you anytime, learn more ways on how you can healthily manage stress.
4. Set a regular sleep-wake schedule
Prioritizing sleep is very important for being healthy. But don’t forget to set your wake-up time to prevent oversleeping.
Oversleeping is bad, as it can lead to the risk of developing diabetes, heart diseases, anxiety, and weight problems.
Establishing a sleep-wake schedule will naturally help you sleep faster at night and wake up early the next day. So if you’re wondering why some people (particularly the seniors) manage to sleep early and wake up on time without any alarm, this is their technique.
You can also try setting your ideal room temperature and lights every night. And make sure your room is always neat and organize to wind down a good night's sleep.
5. Notice your lazy habits
No one’s perfect. Even the most organized and clean person you know has their lazy days. Just don’t make it a habit. But if you notice that you’re becoming lazier and more unproductive, take a moment to evaluate what’s holding you back.
Try a new method if you are struggling to follow a strict diet. If you’re too lazy to exercise, try a new workout plan. If you procrastinate too much, adjust your time and schedule accordingly.
Sometimes, the reason why you become lazy is that you’re too tired and pressured. Learn to pause and have a break before you go back to your routines and to-do-lists. This way, you’ll gently break the lazy habits without stressing yourself out.
6. Give more time in nurturing relationships
Having strong and genuine connections with people will make you healthier in terms of physical and emotional aspect as you age.
So start the year right by spending more time with your family to develop stronger relationships, hanging out with your friends more often, and building new connections.
And as you grow your inner circle, be a good influence on them by leading them to the right path of success and health. Encourage them to do these tips as well and help them every step of their way.
Find a purpose in your life that is big enough to challenge every inch of your capacity to be at your best.
A SIMPLE ENCOURAGEMENT REMINDER FOR YOU:
You’ll make the world a better place by making daily improvements to become the best and healthiest version of yourself.
This year, trust your journey more as you learn, grow, and evolve.
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