December 08, 2022
Each year, getting healthier is at the top of everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions list, even if it takes a different shape. For some, it may mean losing weight, for others it could be starting to meal prep, and still others may be trying to cut down on habits like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. If you’re looking to get generally more well in the New Year, there are lots of ideas to consider. Here are eight of the best healthy habits for 2023 that you can incorporate into your future wellness goals.
A great habit to take on in 2023 is incorporating better routines into your life. Having an effective morning routine can help you start your days right and lead to higher productivity, more focus, and more energy for the rest of your day. Consider starting with some light stretching, a brief walk, and, of course, a nice healthy breakfast. Night routines can be just as important. Practice good “sleep hygiene:” keeping your phone in another room, avoiding screens for at least an hour before bed, and trying not to eat past 8pm.
The key to sticking to an exercise regimen is to do exercises that you actually enjoy. If you like competing, join a team sport. If you love the feeling of achieving big, consider taking on lifting. And remember, exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym for it to be good for you! Any movement is good as long as it gets your heart rate up a bit. Try to incorporate more low-impact movement like walking, swimming, or leisurely bike rides.
One of the top things that people want to change from New Year to New Year is the way they eat. Whether you want to slim down, bulk up, or just get more of those leafy green vegetables in, instilling the habit of eating well is important. Improving your diet from where it is now could add serious time onto your life expectancy—that’s more time to spend with your family, your partner, and doing the hobbies you love.
Getting a good amount of high-quality sleep each night is not only effective in keeping you energized, but it can also improve things like stress levels, weight loss, mental sharpness, muscle growth, and more. If you know you wake up in the middle of the night or you toss and turn as you sleep, it’s all the more important to work on your sleep patterns. Invest in a nice mattress, new pillows, and relaxing lighting for your room. You should also practice the good “sleep hygiene” tips mentioned in the first item of this list.
Especially if you don’t get all the necessary nutrients from your food, it’s a good idea to start taking dietary supplements in 2023. Supplements can help give you more energy and protect your immune system so you can spend less time getting sick in the new year. Earth’s Wisdom’s Immune Shield is a great supplement to incorporate into your diet and routines. It has a blend of Vitamins C and D3 and Zinc to help keep you healthy and strong. Plus, this natural vitamin is vegetarian-friendly and are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream for a gentle improvement in your health.
While social media is often lauded for the ways it helps connect people from around the world and can help celebrate life’s little moments, it also has a dark side, and can cause stress or mood reduction. Try to go on a social media diet at least once a month, or use your smartphone’s app settings to set limits on how long you can use the social media apps on your phone.
According to Afar Magazine, the majority of Americans admit that they need a vacation. Think for a moment back to the last time you took time off. If it was over six months ago, or if it was only for a holiday, odds are you may need to take another vacation pretty soon. Start planning now so you can get the most out of your PTO this year!
Even if you don’t think you’re struggling mentally, it can be helpful to talk to a mental health professional or even a life coach. Having someone to vent to, bounce ideas off of, and talk through big life decisions with can help you feel more grounded and focused on achieving the life you want.
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