We can often wonder why we celebrate the new year when it is just the same every year?
Well, it is the idea of a clean slate!
A brand new beginning where we can literally shed all the bad habits and negativity from the last year a start anew. The excitement of starting fresh is always worth every new year.
But, the main concern is how does one keep up this attitude for the rest of the year. We have much feedback as witnesses that we are able to uphold it for the first few months, and then it suddenly goes away.
The first thing you need to stop doing is making resolutions you cannot keep!
Then, read the excerpt below and understand the different dos and don’ts you should maintain in order to lead a healthy life this new year.
These have been handpicked from expert advice, as well as understanding where we go wrong when it comes to the New Year and health.
Don’ts For This New Year
Let us all start with the restricting end; here are the things that you should absolutely avoid if you want to lead a healthy life this new year.
1. Don’t Give In To Addiction
There is no better time to give up an addiction than the new year. However, if you find it difficult to do it yourself, get into a detoxification center where the medical and clinical professionals will help you.
No matter how mild the addiction is, getting rid of it and having an addiction-free life is always the best!
2. Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
After a long night’s sleep, this is the first meal you are getting in hours. Unfortunately, skipping breakfast can lead to many underlying diseases, including but not limited to low pressure and extreme body fatigue.
This year, make the conscious decision to never skip breakfast.
3. Don’t Have Resolutions
New year’s resolutions are the devil!
We start getting hyped about it, that it becomes the end of the world. Then comes self-pressurization and disappointment when we are not able to fulfill them.
Do not make resolutions this year; just simply promise yourself to be healthy.
4. Don’t Have Unrealistic Goals
Unrealistic goals can lead to anxiety and depression, especially when you are not able to fulfill them.
Just because you are not able to reach a goal doesn’t mean you are invisible. Therefore, evaluate your ability and make goals accordingly.
This will give you the motivation for bigger goals.
5. Don’t Skip Your Everyday Hygiene
Skipping everyday hygiene has now become a trend!
But, other than being socially unpresentable, it can also lead to many diseases, especially during the pandemic. So, take care of your personal hygiene and maintain it every day.
6. Don’t Avoid Your Mental Health
Having common problems like anxiety or insomnia are nothing to be ashamed of!
So, stop ignoring them in fear of judgment. Instead, start understanding what your mind wants and learn to keep it happy.
Pay attention to your mental health.
7. Don’t Avoid Your Social Life
Yes, work is important but to the point that you don’t have a social life.
For the betterment of your mental and physical health, have a fixed work timing and prioritize your social life as well.
This weekend make a spontaneous plan and go out with your friend!
Do’s For The Year
Now that we have learned the things we should avoid, here are the elements we should definitely incorporate into our lives.
1. Do Drink More Water
Water is the best medicine that we can consume, and it doesn’t have any side effects!
Track the amount of water you consume in a day. If you have trouble drinking water in the beginning, you can put an alarm for a reminder. Don’t just drink when you are thirsty!
2. Do Focus On Rest
Working and going out with friends is fine, but do not forget to rest amidst all of this. Make sure that you get at least 7 hours of sleep every day.
This ensures that your mind is fully charged for the brand new day and healthy sleep cycle.
3. Do Have A Selfcare Day
A day where you just pamper yourself!
This new year focuses on self-love. Because there is nothing that uplifts our mood more than knowing,
-That, no matter what, you will always be there for yourself.
4. Do Start Therapy
It doesn’t matter if you do not suffer from a serious mental condition.
Therapy is not just for severe mental health problems but also for learning to know yourself better. The toxic habits and how to make your living more positive.
5. Do Keep A Journal
Yes, you can keep a journal to log your daily life or your mood.
However, do not force yourself. This doesn’t have to be an everyday task; you can simply do it weekly. Plus, if one day you do not want to, you do not have to.
6. Do Start Eating Healthy
No, we are not asking you to give up all the junk food!
However, try to incorporate some healthy meals into your day. You can even start cooking meals since home meals are always healthier than packaged ones.
Have a proper diet with all the nutritional values. Try adding more vegetables and fruits to them.
7. Do Start Exercising
You do not have to get a gym membership today!
The purpose of exercising is not just to lose weight; it is to keep your system healthy. So, you do not have to pick up those heavy dumbbells in the first go.
Simply go for a walk every day or try some light yoga.
Happy New Year!
This new year, do not make resolutions but rather promise to take care of yourself. Don’t let your body go through toxic substances. Protect it! Your mind also needs fulfillment! So, remember not to ignore their choices, and do not be too hard on yourself.