While the ‘new year, new me’ ads can get particularly stifling this time of year, the new year is actually a brilliant time to try new things, build healthier habits, and get into a better mindset. Traditionally, the winter solstice has been seen as a time for renewal and looking inwards, and so making changes now, while slightly cliché, could be easier than you think.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the healthy habits you could consider trying to build this New Year for a healthier, happier you.
Drinking more water
Whether you a buy a bottle that tells you when to drink or you set a reminder on your phone each hour, training yourself to drink more water and fewer fizzy, sugary drinks can do wonders for your health. Water is an essential part of your health for many, many reasons. It can help you to feel hydrated and alert and nourishes each cell in your body. Why not set yourself a goal of drinking 2 litres per day this year?
Eating more plants
Plants can include fruit, veg, seeds and nuts, and eating more of them each day ensures that your body gets all of the fibre and nourishing phytonutrients it needs to be in optimal health. Fibre is essential for good digestive health, and each plant contains many nutrients that the body needs to run properly. Setting yourself a goal of eating more plants this year could help to improve your physical health no end.
Getting out into nature more regularly
Getting out into nature has been proven to boost your mental health and make you feel happier each day. While we’re not saying you need to go on a 10 mile hike every day, a quick walk around the block on a morning can be all you need to feel refreshed and ready to start the day.
Caring for your teeth
Dental hygiene is an often-neglected part of our health but getting on top of your dental health now will prevent costly problems down the line. Invest in a good tooth brush and some toothpaste, like Colgate 5000 duraphat, and ensure you brush properly each and every day.
Cutting down on junk food
Junk food and ready meals often contain lots of added sugar, preservatives and other chemicals that may be damaging or your health. On top of this, they don’t nourish your body in the same way that healthy and whole foods do. While convenience food is sometimes necessary in this busy world, cutting back on the junk food, processed meals, and sugary drinks is a great way to feel healthier this year.
Getting enough sleep each night
Sleep is vital for health. During sleep, your body resets itself, fights off disease, and recharges you for the next day. Many, many people do not get enough sleep each night which can lead to memory issue and lack of mental clarity the next day. Not only this, but it can also make you more prone to infection and can bring you down mentally.
This year, why not make it a focus to build a healthy sleep routine and get the 7+ hours a night that we are all recommended.
Spending time with friends
Spending time with friends, laughing and socializing is another great way to stay on top of your mental health this year. It has been proven that spending time with people who make you feel good can help you to have a more positive outlook on life and improve your mental wellbeing.