2021 is finally here but the January slump also has the potential to give even the most positive of people the blues – especially due to the stress and uncertainty of current circumstances. Not only can this impact your mental wellbeing, but it can also affect your physical health. To help, we’ve put together some easy, feel-good tips to jumpstart your January and boost your health in the year ahead:
Wake up early
Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. So rather than dragging yourself out of bed at the last minute and skipping breakfast in an attempt to get to work on time, try to wake up early. Early risers reap the benefits of a calm and leisurely morning routine and often lead a more productive life by making a start on those daily goals, from the word ‘go’.
Eat a healthy breakfast
As the name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period by replenishing your body with the fuel it needs to take on the day. So ditch the sugary cereal and opt for energy-boosting foods that consist of lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. Good examples are eggs, avocados and bananas – whatever works for you and what you enjoy most. Just remember to pair it with a glass or two of water to rehydrate your body!
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Form the daily habit of meditation
Meditation can be practised anywhere, anytime, and it often has immediate benefits.
It exercises our pituitary gland, which releases oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, relaxants and dopamine – all the good things your body naturally produces, for free! So find a quiet spot, focus on your breathing and try to commit to at least 2 minutes of meditation per day. That way, you’ll help to relieve stress and find inner calm in no time!
Write it down
By jotting your thoughts in a journal, you’re helping to keep your memory sharp and inspiring creativity. Journaling is also a great way to self-reflect and organises your short- and long-term goals for 2021. So try to record where you are and where you want to go. Just remember: you don’t have to be Shakespeare, so don’t stumble on perfect punctuation and spelling. This is for you.
Take up a new form of exercise
Your body – and brain – will reap the benefits when you switch up your exercise routine. So instead of lacing up your trainers in preparation for the same-old workout, why not try something new? With the COVID-19 lockdown bringing no shortage of virtual exercises, you have access to lots of different activities in just a few simple clicks. From kickboxing and dance to aerobics and yoga, you’ll work your body in new ways that can enhance your overall fitness level.
If you’re looking to better your health and wellbeing, try incorporating one (or all) of these ‘New Year, new you’ tips into your daily routine. Here’s to a healthier 2021.