10 Ways to Get on Top of Your Health in The New Year
Living through a global pandemic the last couple of years has brought an inevitable shift in focus to the importance of good health.
Our health is the most precious thing we have. With good health, we can feel energised, more confident, and go on to achieve amazing things in both work and life. Good health is the key to making everything else fall into place.
So, as a new year sets in, consider using these 10 strategies for getting on top of your health so you can feel your best!
- Set goals. Imagine where you see yourself a year from now and plan EXACTLY how to get yourself there. It’s good to have a big picture goal and then break it down into smaller, more manageable goals and actions, which can drastically impact your success rate.
- Learn the foundations of good nutrition and meal balancing. The balanced meal approach ensures you stay fuller for longer, so you don’t experience the dreaded mid-day crash. Learn to eat in a balanced way that creates sustainable energy that lasts, helping you avoid the need to reach for sugars or other unhealthy snacks to give you a boost.
- Streamline your meal planning and food prep so you can eat healthy and still make time for your endless to-dos. Cooking for you and your family doesn’t have to feel like a tedious chore. By setting time aside each week to plan your meals and meal prep ahead of time, you can learn to fit healthy, home-cooked meals into any schedule.
- Explore the ingredients in the foods you eat. Learn what ingredients to prioritise, minimise, and avoid so you feel your best! By paying more attention to the ingredients listed on the packaging, you can begin to make better decisions on which foods you should and shouldn’t be eating. My # 1 rule? Whole foods (i.e. REAL foods) first!
- Create an exercise routine that works around your lifestyle and energy levels. Don’t worry so much about what trending workout routines everyone else is doing – figure out what kind of workouts are most effective and manageable for you. In order to get the habit to stick, you have to be realistic about what kind of workouts you can fit into your schedule consistently.
- Build healthy habits and find the best ways for YOU to maintain your progress. We call it building habits because habits aren’t changed overnight. Habits are built one step at a time, day after day, by choosing to stick to something we know is good for us. Lean into why you want to make those changes and how those good habits can improve your life, then let that be the motivation to drive you each time you consider missing a day.
- Manage your stress. Managing stress is crucial for good physical and mental health. Practice calming techniques such as meditation and intentional breathing. Learn which foods to eat and which to avoid to reduce stress – reduce your intake of inflammatory foods and focus on eating foods that promote good gut health and a healthy nervous system. Get more organised, so you spend less time figuring out how to manage your time and learn to think more optimistically by practicing gratitude daily.
- Learn more about your roadblocks. Reflect on what’s holding you back from achieving your goals. Is it self-doubt? Or could it be something else? Figuring out your roadblocks unlocks your ability to tackle them head-on. Once you’ve identified your roadblocks, you’ve done half the work already. The next step is figuring out how you’ll push past them in the future until they’re no longer getting in your way.
- Get an accountability buddy. Share your goals with the people closest to you. Many would be more than happy to cheer you on and see you succeed so, find at least one person who will be your accountability buddy – someone you can check in with and give you the encouragement you need. It’s nice to know we’re not in it alone, that someone else is cheering for us too. It makes us want to succeed for ourselves, but also to make them proud.
- Hire a health and wellbeing coach. Getting good habits to stick is hard, and most people struggle with doing it alone – sometimes, all we need is a little push from the outside. A health coach can provide you with the guidance, support, and accountability you need to successfully work through each of these steps. My 1:1 health and wellbeing coaching program is tailored to your individual goals, lifestyle, and needs.
So, if you’re ready to get on top of your health and wellbeing and you’d like help working through these strategies to FINALLY get the results you’ve been looking for, let’s work together!
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