To make sure you kick off 2020 with a bang, we’ve got some top tips to help you stay motivated with some new habits for a happier and healthier year.
1. Prioritise healthy eating
Eating better tops many new year lists for good reason –a balanced diet rich in a variety of nutrients can help you feel positive, energised and raring to go. Aim for lots of fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, lean meat and fish, and nuts and seeds. While the odd treat will do no harm, choosing more nourishing options will give you all the essential macronutrients, vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health, while keeping you feeling full. Make the nutritious choice the easy choice by prepping your meals in advance and having healthy snacks in your bag or desk. Drinking plenty of water is another great way to manage your appetite and keeps you hydrated.
2. Create a work-life balance
Being constantly plugged in to our email, phones and apps means it can be difficult to switch off from work. Cultivating a work-life balance means evening out the time allocated for work tasks with the time available for other activities, such as time spent with family, looking after your health, or on your hobbies and leisure interests. The key is to work smarter instead of harder. Stay organised by planning out your daily and weekly tasks using colour-coded calendar entries. Practice setting boundaries such as not looking at work emails while you’re at home, so you leave work at work. It can definitely feel awkward saying no to things sometimes, but ultimately, you’ll perform better at work and enjoy greater freedom at home.
3.Take care of the environment
How about pledging to do your part to protect the environment? With just a few small changes, you could reduce your impact on the environment and save some money at the same time. You could swap your regular plastic bottles for a cool keep-cup. Or how about trying a few meat-free meals during the week? Switching to a cleaner energy supplier, avoiding fast fashion purchases, and recycling household waste where possible can also help you go green in 2020.
4. Reduce your carbon footprint
Planning to travel a lot this year? Climate change is hitting the headlines regularly, so we’re looking at easy ways to reduce our carbon footprints. With ecotourism on the rise there are plenty of opportunities to see the world without leaving a trace. Choose lower carbon transport options where possible, such as train, bus or car instead of air travel. If you must travel by plane, consider making a donation to a charity that will offset your emissions. When you’re on holiday, consider walking or cycling tours instead of bus tours –and as a bonus, you’ll feel fitter too!
5. Embrace positive thinking
If there’s one new year resolution that could help you go further in achieving all your other goals this year, it’s positive thinking. Practicing positive thinking through mindfulness can help you improve your mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem, increase confidence and build your resilience to deal with setbacks. When you practice reframing situations in a positive light, you’ll feel more in control when everyday pressures arise. Each time you find yourself in a loop of negative thoughts, try to notice them without judgement, and work towards thinking optimistically. Tune out of avoidable sources of negativity, such as social media or watching the news before bed, and try to surround yourself with people and items that make you feel good. A daily gratitude practice, journaling and meditation can all help build new positive thought processes in your mind. And the best bit? It’s completely free!
What small change could you make for a big impact this year?