It’s the perfect time to take stock and ponder about the person you’d like to be this time next year. A new decade is here, and it’s time we start taking the steps towards living the life we’ve always wanted to live. So this year, instead of creating lofty goals that we’re more than likely not going to keep, we’ve rounded up 5 wellness-focused resolutions to kickstart the new year.
Get more sleep
Did you know that chronically poor sleep is apparently associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline? Yikes. Not only does not getting enough sleep affect your brain, but it can also have a slew of negative effects on weight loss as well as your overall health. To make sure that you’re catching more zzz’s in 2020, figure out what your main sleep deterrents are, and then make small lifestyle changes to help you sleep more soundly. Your mind and body will thank you.
Work out to feel better
Fitness goals are most often made with the goal of weight loss in mind. This year, we highly recommend focusing on the overall feeling that working out brings you rather than being uber-obsessed with your scale. When your sights are set on dropping pounds, it’s easy to get frustrated when you don’t get instant results, and likely to quit just as quickly as you started.
Cook more often
It’s no secret that cooking meals instead of eating out is substantially healthier. But why not take it up a notch, and experiment in the kitchen. This year, we challenge you to try cooking one new thing each week. You’ll build your recipe repertoire plus shed the extra calories when you’re making your meals yourself. And if you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out one of our nècessitè recipes to get the juices flowing.
Find your happy place
The key to bliss lies in finding the little things in life that make you feel closest to your truest self. If you don’t know what or where your happy place is, create one. Take classes and master something new, join a club or volunteer, or take off on an adventure. Follow whatever calls to you, but remember to practice gratitude along the way. According to a study at the UC Davis, feeling grateful can improve your physical and emotional well-being; “People who routinely count their blessings report better moods, healthier coping behaviors, fewer physical symptoms and overall more life happiness than those who don’t.”