Ever since the coronavirus pandemic took over the world in 2020, we have realized just how important it is to maintain our overall health and well-being. And as the year is slowly coming to an end, we are making it a point to set New Year’s resolutions that focus on wellness, which allow us to be happier and healthier individuals. However, these resolutions tend to be notoriously difficult to maintain throughout the year to come, as we often focus on more unattainable, unrealistic resolutions that are nearly impossible to keep. To that end, here are some of the best and healthiest resolutions you can make this New Year’s Eve, that are actually simple to stick to:
Find an activity you love
If your goal is to prioritize health come 2021, don’t aim for drastic achievements that are difficult to fulfill, such as the idea of the perfectly fit body. Of course, if you’re already an enthusiastic sportsperson or gym-goer, there’s no reason to suddenly stop practicing your healthy habit. This advice refers to those who are currently inactive, but would wish to work on their physique.
Rather than aiming for an ideal, make it a point to strive for general health and fitness. Simply choose an activity you genuinely enjoy doing, whether it’s running, swimming, bike riding, or even dancing in your living room. Opting for an activity you love will make it much easier to actually sustain this habit, while still giving you the opportunity to stay physically fit, and improve your overall health.
Focus on a healthy diet
Losing weight by going on unhealthy fad diets is another popular New Year’s resolution. However, these diets can be quite detrimental to your health, while also encouraging your body to regain all of those lost pounds as soon as you stop. Instead, make it a point to clean up your daily nutrition, in an effort to construct a healthier and more nourishing diet, while also losing some weight in the process.
This means focusing on more fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, and good fats, while also emphasizing home-cooked meals instead of fast food takeouts. Although it can be difficult to find time to prepare meals at home with a busy work schedule, it’s essential for a healthy and balanced life.
Include beneficial supplements
A healthy diet alone might not always be enough for balanced nutrition, especially if you want to achieve a certain body goal with your diet. For instance, protein is something we all need for optimal body functions, but we rarely get enough of it through our daily meals, particularly when we eat out or get takeouts every day.
For that reason, it might be a good idea to include a premium isolate protein supplement into your daily diet, which you could mix into a healthy and delicious drink. Not only will a daily dose of beneficial protein improve your metabolism and aid in weight loss, but it’s also a brilliant way to boost your workouts and achieve better results, by allowing you to burn fat faster, and increasing your muscle mass and strength.
Spend some time outdoors
Healthy diets and fitness tips are a brilliant way to focus on your physical health, but they shouldn’t be your only New Year’s resolutions. You should aim to prioritize your mental health as well, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to spend more time outdoors, as this can help to lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and make you a calmer and happier person overall.
Whether you go for a daily walk during your work lunch break, go picnicking, hiking, or camping during the weekends, or decide to drink your afternoon tea in the garden, try to spend more time outside each day, in order to connect with nature and improve your mental health and well-being.
Remember to take a break
Another great way you could make your mental health a priority in 2021 is by remembering to take a break from work, or even life every once in a while. Go on your yearly vacation to a beautiful destination, turn off your electronics in the evening and distance yourself from work obligations at least for a short period of time, or even set aside 15 minutes out of your day to focus on self-care, such as taking a relaxing bath, reading a good book, or listening to soothing music.
Regardless of what you choose to do, taking some time to put your busy life on hold and focus on yourself will allow you to ease stress, promote calmness and relaxation, and strive for optimal health and well-being overall.
Evidently, setting and sticking to New Year’s resolutions doesn’t necessarily have to be a difficult task. As long as your goals for the upcoming year are realistic and attainable, you can easily achieve them, and improve your mental and physical health in the process.
About Lilly Miller
Lilly is a freelance writer, who focuses on the latest business trends, commercial design, and environmental issues. She also loves to experiment on daring new home decor trends and write about it as a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. Settled in Sydney for the time being, Lilly shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her hanging out on Twitter.