As the New Year approaches, it’s time to talk about the resolutions you can make. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’ll be a while before things get back to normal. But 2022 gives you a chance to start afresh with a clean slate.
As one the trusted hospitals in Cebu with a patient-centered wellness experience. Here are a few solid New Year’s resolutions ideas you can start with today:
1. Eat healthily
The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that those who live an unhealthy lifestyle are putting themselves at risk. Healthy eating habits are vital to living a long, healthy, and happy life. You can start by trying a vegan diet or incorporating more vegetables, fruits, and essential vitamins into your diet.
2. Give yourself a break
In today’s society, you must have multiple jobs and a side hustle. Don’t let society trick you into thinking you’re not doing enough, burnouts can happen.
Take a break; do something you love. Even doing simple things to maintain a healthy body weight can bring a positive change to your mental health.
3. Avoid trigger foods
What food makes you feel bad? What makes you feel sick? Best to know what your ‘trigger foods’ right at the start of the year!
For example: Stay away from foods filled with sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats; these can cause you to overeat and lose sight of your health goals you’ve set this year.
4. Put your mental health first
Every single person’s New Year’s resolution must start with this: Free yourself from situations that aren’t good for you. Taking proper care of your mental health will allow everything else to fall into place. Try looking for simple habits to improve your mental health today.
5. Prepare your own meals
Preparing your own meal puts you in charge of what goes into your body. The food you eat is essential to you functioning at 100% percent, which is one way to help you look and feel healthier.
6. Spend a healthy amount of time alone
A study by the Journal of Environmental Psychology has shown that spending time alone increases productivity and can make you more creative. It can help you discover who you truly are and map out what you want from your life in the coming years.
Nothing wrong with a little soul searching through everything we’ve been through the past years, right?
7. Become one with your feelings
Most people find it difficult to feel things, especially when the world is moving too fast.
You’re heading towards a mental breakdown if you don’t get in touch with your emotions. Pay attention to your body, talk to someone about how you feel (a licensed therapist or a close friend), journal, or listen to music.
Find a good avenue to let your feelings out— don’t bottle them all up!
8. Exercise regularly or even daily
Daily exercise brings a ton of health benefits such as helping you control your weight and reducing your risk of heart diseases. Get some exercise and along with our different cardiovascular services, you’ll be sure to be in great shape.
But don’t overwork yourself, simply taking a walk, doing jump ropes every morning, or sit-ups will do the trick. Sneak in a walk, yoga, or even some muscle and bone exercises— anything that gets you moving is essential, especially if you work from home.
9. Be consistent in your resolutions and practices
A stop-start attitude will make sure you never get anything done. Be consistent in your personal, professional, and everyday life; may it be with exercise, diet, or your work ethic, you’d accomplish your goals faster, be more self-confident, and have direction
10. Practice being fully present
Life has become all about capturing the moment instead of being in the moment.
It’s time to put our devices down and experience the beauty all around you. Set yourself or your whole family some much needed break from screen time to enjoy the moment with the people around you (or even yourself!).
After all, experiences are better when shared with the people you care about the most.
11. Learn something new
This is guaranteed to give you a childlike feeling of happiness and satisfaction.
Learning something new related to your passion, job, or hobby keeps your brain refreshed, reduces stress, and improves your mental health. Plus adding new skills to your repertoire is always fulfilling.
12. Practice saying no
Get out of your comfort zone and set healthy boundaries so that you don’t overexert yourself to please others, especially if it comes at your own discomfort.
Focus more on yourself this year and reap the benefits.
13. Get enough sleep and rest
Lack of proper sleep may lead to health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, and many more.
Your focus this new year should be on getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. This will improve your mood and help you function better.
14. Take your time eating and chewing your food
This new year, take your time when you eat and pay more attention to your body; you’ll experience better digestion, greater hydration and it aids in maintaining your weight.
15. Work on a skill you’ve been meaning to improve
There is no better feeling than when you accomplish something new. Psychologist Vanessa King’s research shows that when you improve a skill, you gain more confidence, your happiness is boosted and you feel motivated to do more.
So work on something you’ve been trying to improve and make sure you nail it this time around.
16. Practice proper time-managemen
Manage your time better by setting aside time to work, time for leisure, and time for relaxation. Having a consistent sleep and work schedule allows you to find a rhythm that’s beneficial for your mental health and overall well-being.
17. Don’t sweat the little things
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 10% of the world’s population has anxiety, which stems from overthinking. Learn to accept the things you can’t change and stop worrying. Some ideas to get you started are limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake, getting proper sleep, exercise, and positive affirmations.
18. Push through adversity
It’s a tale as old as time itself – never give up. Keep going. You’ve fought through the pandemic with all its downsides, so when you’re met with adversity, there’s no doubt that you can push through it.
19. Aim for excellence
With all that’s going on in the world, this is something that will help you stand out from everyone else. Put your best into everything you do. Don’t aim for perfection because that’s unachievable; just be the best at what you’ve set your mind to do.
20. Reconnect with friends and family
The pandemic has taught us that we all need each other. Spend more time with the ones you love the most. It doesn’t have to be a party, simply being there with those who love and care about you is more than enough.
If you’ve been with them throughout the pandemic, try building healthy new year resolutions together to keep things fun and interesting. It may can be taking time off your phones to genuinely talk with each other, get into a new exercise routine, or even start healthy eating habits as a family so that all of you are well and fit for many more years ahead!
21. Practice proper hygiene
Although the vaccine rollout is underway, don’t forget that you’re still living in a pandemic. Washing your hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze, using deodorant, etc. can help boost your confidence, self-esteem and prevent you from spreading or contracting any infectious diseases.
22. Have regular check-ups
Don’t wait for something to happen before you act.
Be proactive and have regular checkups. After all, prevention is better than a cure. Regular executive checkups will allow you to detect health conditions early, giving you the best chance of getting the right treatment.
You are more capable than you think, so don’t limit yourself. These 22 new year resolution ideas are bound to have you living healthier, happier, and more fulfilled.
But if you ever need to consult a medical professional in any of your resolutions, the health experts from The Hospital at Maayo are here to assist you.
Set an appointment with us today.