Making Your Wellbeing a Priority in the New Year

by - January 02, 2019




Christmas has passed and we are fast approaching the New Year. So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us are turning our minds towards making some new year’s resolutions. Now, many of us will come up with the same old strict resolutions that we vow we will follow every single year and let go of by the time February comes around. Instead, why not aim to change your general lifestyle in small ways rather than having one strict rule to try to abide by. Consider making your general wellbeing a priority for the new year. Here are a few different ways that you can achieve this!

Exercise

Gym membership join ups spike in January. But so many people give up really quickly. Why? Well, most people will overwork themselves. They’ll join the gym and try to attend for a long hour plus session every day. You can’t realistically keep up with this around your other social commitments and your body will ache and you may feel exhausted. Instead, remember that moderation is key. It is recommended that you engage with 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. Spread this through your week and try to take a day’s rest between exercise. This will help your body to recover more effectively, will see you reach optimum results, and will allow you to exercise without feeling overwhelmed by the process.

Give Up Bad Habits

We all have bad habits. But some are much worse for our health and wellbeing than others. If you smoke, really try to quit. You can seek support from your doctor and you can make use of smoking substitutes to help you along the way. If you drink a little too much, try to limit alcohol consumption to a glass of wine with your evening meal or a couple of drinks while occasionally socialising with friends. If you engage with other substances, consider medically assisted treatment - you can find our more about what medically-assisted-treatment really is here. This might all be difficult, but your body will thank you in the long run!

Socialise

The majority of us lead relatively hectic lives. We are committed to our job roles and often take on overtime, we have responsibilities within our home and we often find ourselves spending any free time that we do have chilling out and letting our hair down. But try to keep on top of social commitments. Isolating yourself from the world becomes a little addictive - the more you cancel plans, the more reluctant you will be to keep up with them and commit to them. So, make plans and stick to them. You’ll enjoy getting time bonding with your friends. The more you go out, the more places you’ll be invited to and the more you will experience!

Pick Up a Hobby

If you have a little more free time on your hands, you might want to pick up a hobby. This can give you a sense of fulfillment and focus in your life. You will have something to look forward to each week. Whether this is learning a new language, joining a sports team, or heading to some sort of class. Make sure it ties in with your personal interests and you’ll be glad to attend each week!

These are just a few different steps that you can take in order to improve your wellbeing in the new year. You will feel all the better for it and this time next year you are likely to be a whole lot more content and positive!




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