New Year, New Decade, New You
Health – Happiness – Safe Beginnings for 2020
As 2020 New Year kicks off, this is a great time for self-reflection. Reflect back on your 2019 Achievements, your new additions in life, or maybe a project you achieved. Let’s make 2020 about ‘you’. Every day you wake up, freshen yourself up for the day’s work, or day’s travel, but make 2020 about making a healthier you.
2020 is a beginning of a new decade, so make the new decade start with promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. This is a time to recommit to your health and well-being – both body and mind. Think of three new resolutions: Eat Better – Exercise 3 times a week – Drink more water. Creating these resolutions is easy enough. Sticking to them beyond the month of January, however, is another story.
Whether the new year has you feeling totally inspired or a tad overwhelmed, Recovery Partners experts have some advice to help you make – and keep – your healthy resolutions for 2020.
- Rest Up & Chill Out
According to many sleep professionals, when it is time to sleep, it is time to relax, unwind and go to sleep literally. This New Year, make a new house rule of no iPad/tablets/laptops in the bedroom. Make the bedroom a place to rest and sleep. Look at your bedroom window, is there light coming in during the night or early morning? Change the curtains or blinds to block the light. Is the room cool enough when you are sleeping? If you can not afford air-conditioning, maybe invest in a ceiling fan. Even put your mobile phone away from the bedhead area – it’s too much of a distraction and will emit light when text messages are received. Aim for a minimum 7 hours sleep a night.
- Brisk walk for 30 mins a day
It is suggested that 30 minutes of exercise a day could be as simple as going for a walk. We all have busy schedules, so break that 30 minutes down into 3 x 10 mins walks. For example, 10-minute walk before work, 10-minute walk at lunch, 10-minute walk around 3pm. Why not encourage a group or a buddy at work to do it with you. Why not even do this with the kids in the afternoon, just kicking a ball around the park or your backyard.
- Adopt Gratitude as a value
This is about you and self-reflection. Take a few minutes a day or at the end of the day to reflect on what you are grateful for. This is a great way to check in and keep a grateful journal, a way to help you shift your focus and minimise the distorting influences of stress on your life. Sometimes, taking that few minutes to remind yourself of the small, everyday positive aspects of your life, help you develop a good sense of balance and good balance of well-being.
- Mindfulness when eating
As mentioned before, as we seem to be more rushed with our schedules, so too is our rush when eating or skipping those meals. It’s time to slow down and pay attention to your food. Pause when you have a mouth full, put your utensils down between bites. Don’t watch TV or your phone/iPad, concentrate on the flavours, textures and tastes of each mouthful. When you feel full – STOP!! If you have food left over, don’t force it down. Your stomach brain has told you, you are full. Eat slower, eat healthier.
- Mind – Inner Mental Health & Awareness
Make 2020 a year to reflect and be about YOU. Learn a new mindful skill – meditation, mindfulness, deep relaxation, or even yoga or Pilates! Mindfulness can be done anywhere, even during lunch for 5 – 10 minutes. There are Apps available which you can download and learn the skills of mindfulness e.g. The Mindfulness App or Calm.
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