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The year of 2020 will certainly be remembered as a year of great change. With a global health crisis hitting the country relatively hard, it’s been a difficult year, especially for healthcare professionals, skeletal workforces, and working professionals forced into remote work.
But as the new year of 2021 approaches, we as a society have to stay hopeful and stay positive at what’s yet to come. And with the events that had transpired this year, it has clearly opened the path for people to start paying attention to health and well-being. Here are 5 New Year checklist items that you can strive for as we welcome 2021.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Great Health
Most of the population spent their year in isolation, which has greatly affected the mental health and morale of people across the world. Grief, stress, and loneliness were not uncommon and were completely justifiable for this period in time. And while it is advisable to see a professional if things are out of hand, there are ways to help cope with these feelings on your own.
Meditation has several mental health benefits that can help you keep your mind centered and body fully relaxed and in control. Take some time in your day dedicated to proper meditation.
2. Eat Home-cooked Meals
Canned, processed, and fast food have got to go. Takeout and prepackaged food have to be a lot more moderate. With more time on your hands now, cooking your meals gives you the opportunity to discover and cook healthier food that you would enjoy regularly. You can plan out your meals, which gives way to mindful eating. This can help if you’ve got weight loss on your list of resolutions.
3. Start a Home-Based Exercise Routine
While gyms are open now in some towns and states for as long as health protocols are in place, you’ll never be certain if they’d be as accessible as they were before. Having a routine that you can follow at home will make sure you’re a lot more consistent in staying active. There are several programs accessible online for you to try.
4. Quitting or Limiting Any Vices
Vices may be coping mechanisms, but they are not the healthiest and most sustainable way to manage stress. Make it a goal this 2021 to try to at least limit them or just simply quit altogether. With the health crisis showing us this year just how important immune systems are in protecting our bodies, it is best to live a lifestyle that relies less on harmful substances.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is very important for overall well-being. The body and mind need proper rest in order to function at optimal levels. Make it a habit to get the needed hours a day to stay in the best shape possible both physically and mentally.