The stressors of a new year can be tough on the body and mind. Between seasonal changes, busy schedules, and the added stress of the start of a new year, it’s no wonder that many people get sick, put on weight, or simply feel “off” during these busy times. This year, let’s work on healthy habits that will help us stick to our New Year’s resolutions and keep us focused on good health.
- Focus on Fresh
The new year might feel a bit different this year, but a healthy diet should always be in your repertoire, regardless of the crazy year we’ve had last year and this year. Stay healthy by eating a diet that supports your immune system’s needs. An anti-inflammatory diet is a great choice as it provides your body with the antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients it needs to protect and defend.
- Move in the Morning
“When it comes to staying healthy, exercise is essential. Exercise includes yoga, running, walking, biking, dancing and this keeps you fit, reduces your chances of seasonal illnesses, relieves pent-up tension, and boosts your mood. If you have no idea where to start then start with easy yoga poses, this will involve your partner as well and the exercise won’t look boring anymore. As we head into a new year, if your schedule is already hectic, plan to tackle your exercise in the morning before any surprises can set you off track.”
- Stay Hydrated
Remembering to drink water is an easier task in the summer when the warm sun and hot days keep us thirsty. But in winter, remembering to stay hydrated can feel more like a chore than self-care. Water is essential for every cell in the body and even helps to ensure the proper functioning of the innate immune system . Drink 8-11 cups of water per day to stay hydrated and resilient throughout the season.
- Prioritize Sleep
Our bodies need movement, but they also need rest. Good quality sleep is necessary to keep our organ systems functioning well, our energy high, and our moods balanced. We need this rest to fight off illnesses and maintain a healthy immune system.
The start of the year should be fun with all the excitement of what is to come for the new year. For many of us, however, the new year can lead to more stress than joy. This stress can weaken the immune system and leave us susceptible to seasonal illnesses. Keep stress under control by following the tips above and enjoying an activity you love at least once per day.