The new year brings a new beginning to all of us. It’s the time we hit the reset button and start on a clean slate. It’s the time when blogs and social media are filled with resolutions and tips to have an awesome year ahead.
This 2020, how will you make the 366 days (it’s a leap year) count? What are your hopes? Are there new items on your bucket list? Will you finally stick to your fitness routine and promise yourself to practice self-care more often?
There are so many ways to make 2020 your best year yet. But what should be on top of your priority list? Your health.
A strong body that’s free from illnesses, a sound mind, and a grateful soul - having these all at the same time allows you to conquer your goals and live happier. Good health is one of the most significant factors of a good year and a good life in general.
Ready to welcome a brand new year? Take these tips as you embrace a healthier and happier you this 2020.
Refresh your morning routine
Do you have a morning routine? Is it working for you and your lifestyle? A common mistake of many is looking at morning routine as another bunch of mini-tasks to add in their to-do list. If you’ve been treating it that way, then you probably have been seeing it as daunting rather than helpful.
A morning routine streamlines everything you need to start your day right. It boosts your productivity, calms your mind before you go to work, and helps you focus on the important tasks to accomplish for the day. If you’re struggling to stick to your current routine, maybe it’s time to change it up a bit - see what works and what doesn’t.
Keep it simple. Developing habits may take some time but if a simple routine such as waking up at 5 am, washing your face, listening to your wake-me-up playlist, running for 30 minutes, and eating breakfast works perfectly well for you, go with it!
Don’t skip meals
No matter how busy your day gets, you need to eat. That’s three meals at a minimum. You should eat because your body needs nutrition and not just to satisfy your hunger. If it helps, prepare your meals for the rest of the week to save time and to make sure you have something to eat on the most important meals of the day.
Stick to exercise routines you can do every day
If you hate going to the gym but want to follow a more active lifestyle, adopt a fitness routine that you can easily squeeze into your day. Walking, jogging, yoga, pilates, even these less intense workouts can do so much for your body and overall health. Do it at the same time daily and your brain will thank you, too.
Take care of your gut
Many serious health conditions start in the gut. Even if you eat healthy food and you exercise regularly, your digestive health still needs extra TLC. It’s all about keeping the balance between the good and the bad bacteria in your gut microbiome.
If you’re often experiencing diarrhea, bloating, or constipation, take a probiotics supplement to get rid of these digestive health issues. Make sure your probiotics have prebiotics and digestive enzymes, too, for a complete gut health protection.
Declutter your house
Can you imagine what Marie Kondo’s face would look like if she enters your house? This new year, schedule a major decluttering in your house and let only those that spark joy stay. When the house is clean and organized (and smells divine, too!), you’d feel lighter, happier, and even healthier!
Also if you can, have a space in your home that can be your “personal sanctuary”. May it be your bedroom or your reading nook, make it a space that exudes relaxation and calmness.
Consistently practice self-care
There are many things you can include in your self-care list. Things that are as basic as taking a walk in the park, going on a lunch out with your best friend, or getting your nails done - these may not seem like it, but they actually do something good for your happiness and well-being.
When work becomes chaotic or you’re too busy building your empire, take some time off - no matter how little the time is - to breathe and take care of yourself. Get a massage, go home early, read a book, light your lavender soy candle, and just enjoy the stillness of the night.
Nurture good relationships
2020 is the year you’ll keep only healthy relationships and learn to let go of the toxic ones. If you have people in your life that constantly bring negative vibes and stress in your days, know that you don’t need to nurture a relationship with them. And that’s okay. Even if they’re inevitable parts of your life, there are ways you can coexist without trying to keep a relationship with them.
Living a life filled with gratitude is good for your own happiness, social relationships, and your overall well-being. When you’re grateful for what you have, you don’t stress about what you don’t have. You take things in a positive light, which gives you peace of mind. Being grateful is good for your heart, your body, and your soul.
Do you feel that 2020 will be your best year yet? Claim it! Keep these eight tips we shared with you so you can optimize your life and be a healthier and happier you!