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Tips for a Healthy New Year

Tips for a Healthy New Year

The start of a New Year often comes with new goals. Whether you’re resolving to be healthier, kinder or more fit this year, these easy tips will have you proactively thinking about daily self-improvement and not just if the scale will weigh in your favor.

1-Minute Tip: Toss the treats. The holidays may be behind us, but the array of sweet treats could still be living in your fridge. Take a minute to clean your kitchen of any sugary leftovers and head into the New Year with a refreshed healthy mindset.

5-Minute Tip: Free yourself with forgiveness. Forgiving is not condoning harmful or inappropriate behavior. Forgiveness is associated with relief from guilt or resentment, both of which cause heavy mental strain and stress. This doesn’t have to be face-to-face. Take five minutes out of your day to consider something you have been holding on to that you need to work on letting go of. Remind yourself in the New Year that a clear path toward mental fitness starts with dropping off emotional and mental baggage.

15-Minute Tip: Clear the clutter from your living space. Whether it’s your bedroom, your kitchen or your office, where you spend your sacred time depends heavily on how you accentuate your space. Getting to the bottom of that pile of papers or clothes will alleviate the anxious feelings associated with the seemingly endless array of clutter. Make it a habit in the New Year not to let your space feel out of hand.

30-Minute Tip: Send thoughtful thank yous. Everybody loves snail mail — especially when it’s sent with love. Take half an hour to sit down and write thank you notes to the friends and family who you spent time with or received a gift from this holiday season. They will appreciate the personal touch!

 

This article first appeared in the January 2020 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.

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