Happy New You!

The new year is here, and the celebrations are over, but as 2019 gets underway it is time to think what new year health resolutions you will make. What are you going to decide on in 2019 to improve? Will it be something that betters your physical or mental health? It can be major or moderate tweak, but whatever it is make it this year.

All too often, new year’s resolutions do not tend to last too long, in fact many will be broken before the end of January. Typically, the failure to keep to a resolution is choosing the same challenging one year-on-year – if you failed in the past, there is a great chance that you will fail again this year and so the cycle continues. Think about drawing up a list of things which you want to change which are easy to quantify success – there is little point in trying to make a life overhaul if you cannot see results.

Eat Well
Small diet changes can improve your alertness, energy levels and your mental wellbeing. It is an old adage but a proven one, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it sets you for the rest of the day so make sure that you start with something like porridge which is a slow releasing food and does not produce energy spikes. Between meals, not all snacks are bad – just be careful to choose healthy options.

Exercise
If you are looking to get physical, you will not only boost your body but your mind and spirit too – when you are active your body releases endorphins which can have a positive effect on your mood. A brisk walk of just 30 minutes a day is enough to get blood pumping around the body and oxygen to the brain which increases its functionality – regular exercise can make you feel good and refresh your mind and body.

Out & About
The festive season is at an end, but, that does not mean socialising needs to be. With dark, gloomy nights it can be easy to stay in and avoid company, however, this can be a vicious cycle – make time to socialise, go out with family and friends – go out for a meal, go to a cinema or just go for a winter walk. If you are looking to increase your network of friends, look into clubs and volunteering opportunities.

Sleep Well
Are you getting enough zzzs? Sleep deprivation is a tried-and-tested torture technique – lack of sleep affects the thought process, emotions and the ability to cope with stress. A good night’s rest is one thing, but it is important to establish a sleep schedule which means you have a regular bedtime and a set number of hours asleep. A routine can have a considerable impact on your all round health and wellbeing.

Remember, success is not a destination, it is a journey – happy travelling in 2019!

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