I'm sure, like me, you have recently revisited your goals from last year to see what you want to tackle this new year. One new years resolution we recommend is re-focusing on self-care.
Here are just three tips to start taking care of yourself in this new year. Each of these goals comes with a small challenge to help you be a happier, healthier you.
You can't have a conversation about self-care without talking about meditation and focus. As Prasad Mahes said, “The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see. When it's calm, everything becomes clear.”
According to research published by the American Psychological Association, The percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade. Taking time to "unplug" and just focus on what your body is telling you is more important than ever.
Challenge: Spend at least two minutes every day in meditation. Take time to relive a positive, happy moment, process an emotion, or simply concentrate on the present.
Exercise and Nutrition
We've all tired to use the new year to lose those extra pounds with the new year. Weather you've succeeded or not, healthy eating and exercise are important part of a healthy mental and physical well being. The main problem that happens is when you try to make all the physichal changes at once. Take your time and use online resources like "Xyngular Guide to a Healthy and Happy Life" for ideas and start changing your life.
Challenge: Accept what you are able to do now and slowly change instead of doing it all at once.
Lastly, our last tip may be the most important. This doesn't mean that you should talk to more people, but that you should foster meaningful relationships. According to Psychology Today, “Social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression.”
Challenge: Spend at least a few minutes every day connecting with someone (in-person, if possible). Look them in the eyes, practice being present, listen, and enjoy!