It’s that time of year again when many of us think about the kinds of goals we want to achieve in the months ahead. For some, resolutions can be motivational, but they can also bring unnecessary stress. This is usually the case when you set yourself a target that isn’t realistic. If you’re a self-confessed carnivore, you might not be able to give up meat for a month. If you’re a couch potato, running a 10k might be nothing more than a fantasy. If you are looking to boost your health in 2019, it’s wise to focus on goals that are attainable. Here are some simple ways you can master the art of feeling great without sacrificing everything you enjoy.
Focus on mental health
For many of us, being healthy involves having a normal BMI and organs that function without any obvious issues. The trouble is that the definition of health is not restricted to the body. Mental health is as important as physical health. People talk about wellness more frequently and openly now, but there’s still a long way to go. If you’re prone to anxiety, stress has a habit of taking over your life, or you’re wondering if the feelings or emotions you’re experiencing are ‘normal,’ it’s beneficial to start putting your mental health first. Talk to people you trust, see your doctor and explore remedies that might be beneficial for you. Many people find exercise and techniques like meditation helpful, and some also swear by health products and supplements. Take a look at remedies you can buy at an online dispensary, do some research, try different approaches, and find out what works for you. You might find that natural treatments and self-help techniques are sufficient to boost your mood and reduce the severity of symptoms of anxiety or depression, but if they aren’t, don’t hesitate to seek advice from your doctor.
Even if you don’t suffer from psychological disorders, you can still take steps to protect your mental health. Get out into the fresh air, move more, spend more time with people that make you happy, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and make time for hobbies and interests.
Nourish your body
The start of a brand new year often brings with it a host of fad diets and new trends in the world of food and drink. While it can be beneficial to adjust your diet, you don’t have to give up every food you love and survive on pulses and leaves to nourish your body. Making simple changes, like increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables, cutting down your salt, sugar, and saturated fat intake, and adding more fiber to your diet can make a massive difference. If you want to lose weight, reduce your calorie intake slightly and do more exercise, rather than starting a juice diet or cutting out every trace of carbohydrates.
Contrary to popular belief, exercise isn’t just a weight loss tool. Physical activity is so much more than a means of eliminating fat and helping you drop dress sizes. Moving makes you feel good, it reduces stress and anxiety, and it can lower your risk of developing a host of life-threatening illnesses dramatically. If you don’t want to become a slave to the gym, don’t fret. You can try all kinds of activities, from Pilates, swimming, boxing, tennis, golf, netball, soccer and baseball to spin, dance or trapeze classes.
If you’re looking to be healthier and happier in the year ahead, working towards these goals is guaranteed to make you feel great!