2022 is at our doorstep, and we can’t help but think about making some New Year resolutions. As you are done binge-eating the unhealthy stuff during the holidays, New Year is a perfect time to start a new healthy regime with some good habits.
With the pandemic encouraging us to focus more on our mental and physical well-being, sticking to a good habits list will help us improve other aspects of our life besides ensuring that we stay healthy.
Unfortunately, most of us find it hard to continue with the resolutions even for one month, let alone the whole year. The reason for this lack of perseverance is the goals being unrealistic or burdening ourselves up with too many goals.
So, opting for fewer and easy-to-achieve goals is the key to making your New Year’s health resolutions work this year.
And to help you with the same, here are some easy New Year resolutions to stick to a healthy regime in New Year 2022.
Say no to binge-eating
If you think it’s normal to binge-eat every once in a while, then you are probably doing it more than you realize. Binge eating is actually a disorder- a severe condition that affects both your physical and mental health. Frequent incidents of binge-eating, especially in huge amounts, and eating to a point where it gets uncomfortable, is a sign that you have binge-eating disorder or BED. Also, stress is another problem that triggers one to binge eat. No matter if it’s stress-eating or emotional eating, refusing to binge-eat is one of the greatest good habits you can adopt this year.
In case you can’t help yourself with this problem, you can consult a doctor, and find other ways to reduce your stress or to understand your eating pattern. Gain control over your emotions, stick to a nutritious diet that your body needs, and take care of your health.
Meditating for a better health
If you don’t meditate at all, then here is another great New Year resolution to take up and a habit to add to your good habits list. Practicing meditation and mindfulness are the best ways you can improve both your physical and mental health. In case you find it hard to meditate, then start small with a 5-minute meditation routine, and stick to it no matter what. Meditation is not necessarily about emptying your mind of all thoughts but to become more aware and conscious of your thoughts and actions.
Meditation helps lower your stress levels, helps you in better regulating your emotions, improves your focus, improves your relationships, and keeps you healthy. On top of that, meditation helps you keep a positive and relaxed state of mind so you can become more productive and easily deal with the day-to-day challenges.
Make your bed
A simple resolution or one of the good habits to incorporate into your routine is making your bed right after you wake up. We all have heard that speech of William H. McRaven where he talks about how the simple task of making your bed as you wake up can improve your life. If you don’t know the right way to do it, then let us guide you through it.
Here is how you make your bed-
- First, get the fitting sheets, spread them over the bed, and tightly tuck in the corners of your bed.
- Then, add the loose-fitting sheets and do the same with them as well; it should look clean.
- Now you can get your comforters and tuck them into the corners of the bed.
- The next step is to place and set the pillows onto the bed.
And here, you are done making your bed for the day. Of course, it is not hard a task, but the manner and the perfection with which you do it makes all the difference. Making your bed is the easiest New Year’s resolution to have in 2022.
Reading a self-help book every day
Reading a good book every day creates a positive effect on your mood. We are not saying that you finish a book a day, but to make it a rule to read at least 30 minutes a day, especially in the early hours of the day. Starting your day with a good read sets the tone for the day. Books are the greatest source of information, and as you ingest valuable information from life-changing novels or self-help books, you improve without even realizing. Moreover, reading is a good activity for your brain as it helps you focus, helps you disconnect from the world, and improves your imagination by mentally taking you to some other world. So to improve your life this New Year, stick to the 30-minute reading routine each day.
Quitting bad habits
To create a healthy regime this New Year, first, you have to ditch those habits that don’t serve this purpose anymore. The negative impacts of smoking or alcohol are known to all since many find it hard to get rid of these habits. Smoking affects the lungs, gives rise to breathing problems, and not taking care of your lungs is the last thing you want to do concerning the ongoing pandemic situation.
Also, go alcohol-free in New Year 2022 and start with a dry January this year. Recurrent episodes of alcohol badly affect your health; it interferes with your digestive system, gives you a headache, insomnia, affects your brain functions, causes inflammation, and some serious heart and liver diseases. There is not a single good reason for you to continue with this habit.
We understand that breaking bad habits is no easy task, as you have invested several years of your life into creating the same. So setting small targets is advisable, such as making a commitment to not drink or small the whole month or so. You can always contact an expert, as nowadays you can book an online appointment and get professional advice.
Turn in early
When you sleep well, you look good, you feel good, and you do good. Going to bed early is one of the good habits to start as it can substantially improve your health and even reduce the risk of various mental or physical diseases. Instead of focusing on getting those ideal eight-hours sleep, focus more on sleeping on time, since it is better to wake up early than waking at 11 am after getting a good 7-8 hours’ sleep. Not as easy as it sounds, falling asleep early is hard for many but using some tricks is surely going to help. Get a hot bath one or two hours before bed, don’t use technology while waiting for sleep, read a good book, and relax with a beverage or a glass of warm milk before you hit the bed. Among other things, it is good to consult a physician if you are facing too much trouble sleeping.
Do more exercise
If you care about your health, chances are you are already exercising. But it is time that you increase the efforts or hours spent on your fitness regime by 50%. You need to redefine your fitness goals keeping in mind your physical condition or fitness level. You have to include or exclude activities into your good habits list that do not serve you well. For instance, if you have asthma or breathing issues, then long hours of running or other intense activities might not be the ideal workouts for you. On the other hand, if you have problems such as bladder weakness, then exercises that help strengthens the core muscles are perfect for improving your physical condition. You just have to commit to incorporating the activity you choose into your routine and gradually increase the workout time.
Stick to eating healthy
Eating healthy is probably the New Year resolution that you take up every year but fail to commit to it. So this year, besides deciding to eat healthy, finding ways that would be make eating healthy easier is the way to go. The key is to take small steps such as adding more leafy greens to your breakfast, increasing your fiber intake day by day, cutting down on carbs, reducing your cheat days, etc. You can also take actions to improve your digestive system by taking a lemon-honey drink every morning, this would also aid your weight loss goals and reduce the risk of various abdominal diseases. Cut down on junk, have a citrus-rich diet, eat plant-based foods, etc. Decide to fit one healthy food item into your routine at a time, and make it a habit.
Eat more herbs
Including Ayurvedic herbs and spices into your diet is the healthiest New Year resolution and amongst the best habits to have in 2022. These herbs prevent your body against various diseases, offer a variety of health benefits, and create a balance between mind, body, and environment. By consuming potent herbs such as Ashwagandha, Curcumin, Shilajit, or even spices such as Saffron, you will be protecting your health from various ailments. Preventing the diseases is better than treating them, and by committing to taking herbs, you are committing to stay healthy this year. Besides maintaining your physical health, herbs help with your mental health as well. For instance, herbs such as Ashwagandha aids in managing stress by reducing the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol.