With a new year on the doorstep, many are looking towards making a resolution.
Although useful in their meaning, resolutions do sadly seem to be broken within days, leading to feelings of guilt and stress, not the best of ways to start the year off!
In a bid to fight this, check out these simple tips for living healthy and happy in the new year.
No resolutions, just a few steps that you can start to take to move towards a more sustained and enjoyable lifestyle for 2019.
Leave the rest to us.
Tip #1 Get enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most beneficial yet at times the most ignored factors of a healthy and happy life. Not only can a lack of sleep lead towards a litany of health complications, it can also affect our mood and exacerbate conditions such as depression and anxiety. Sorting a reliable and structured sleep routine for the new year can be a great way to reset your body clock after the party nights of Christmas- and starting a new routine at the start of a new year will mean that you’re more likely to stick to it.
Tip #2 Drink enough water
Increasing your water intake is a super simple way to start the new year on the right, healthy track. The average person should be looking to consume around 2-3 litres each day. If you find water boring or do not like the taste, there are plenty of fruit infusions that you could try to liven it up and to add a few vitamins, from lemon through to mint and strawberries.
Tip #3 Take back control
Taking back control of your diet after Christmas can be a tricky thing to do in the new year. A great bit of advice is to start slow, by cutting down on certain factors that are common during Christmas, such as alcohol and sugar. Opting for lemon in hot water each morning can be a great way speed up your metabolism and fight the sluggish feeling of winter mornings. If you’d like to try something new, give Dry January a try to see if you can hack it- (it’s for charity so it’s not all bad).
Tip #4 Head back to nature
Making a conscience effort to spend more time outside during the new year can be great for your health and your mood. Many report feeling low during the new year, with the fun of the Christmas holidays pulled to an abrupt stop and the weather terrible. Fresh air and the outdoors has been proven to boost mood and clear our minds, try heading on a hike or simply down to your local park a few times a week as the new year begins, taking friends and family with you!