Across the globe, the new year brings an air of positivity and a chance to start again. If you’ve had a rough year, treat this as your symbolic, warm pat on the back for enduring the struggles you’ve been through.
To some, 2020 is a source of inspiration to make New Year’s resolutions that encourage growth. Others may see it as the year they leave it all up to fate. Regardless, it’s never too late to get into the mindset of making this your best year yet. But you can only do so much if you’re not in tip-top shape.
So here are the top 3 self-care tips you should integrate into you’re routine to get started on becoming a better you!
Have you ever had a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and wondered why you failed? There’s a few explanations why. However, weight loss shouldn’t be the only reason you exercise. Instead, do it because it’s a way to boost your mood, reduce your risk of acquiring diseases, and keep you sharp throughout the years. As a bonus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that you have more energy and strength to do the things you love. There’s nothing wrong with setting fitness goals, just keep in mind that achieving them isn’t the sole reason you should start being more active.
I should mention that in connection to the previous point, it’s still more important that you love yourself and your body no matter what. So when you stumble, avoid being too hard on yourself. Remember this when you’re working on just about anything. Take a break. Come back to fix your mistakes or tackle your problems head on with a clearer mindset. And before you flush down all your hardwork down the drain, keep in mind that the first step to actually succeeding is to acknowledge your little victories—like actively deciding to try again this time. You’re trying your best and that’s just one of the many reasons to be proud of yourself!
Get some sleep
Without diving deep into the health issues you’ll encounter due to sleep deprivation, just know that it’s essentially counterproductive. While you could be working on urgent and extremely important projects late into the night, you’ll end up performing poorly at school or work the next day. Improve your daily schedule to accommodate being able to wind down and get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
It’s still 10 days into the new year, meaning you still have the rest of 2020—and the rest of your life—to live it as best as you can. In addition to these tips, try out a few more and see which work best for you. Each person and each year is unique, so it’s up to you to take care of yourself and make the most out of your experiences.