Whether you’re following the New Year, New Me mantra or not, setting yourself up for a healthy year ahead is important and simple!
While some people have the workout thing down, they might not have great habits formed around other areas of life that affect their health.
To flourish in 2019, be honest with yourself about what you can and want to do to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Here are 3 steps to help you get started!
1. Determine what health-related area to focus on.
Start with one simple thing. Choose one area of your health to focus on.
For example, maybe you experienced unbearable stress last year, so this year you want to focus on being more conscious of your emotional and mental health. Perhaps, you want to focus on getting a better night’s sleep so you’re ready to workout or cook breakfast bright and early.
Regardless of what you focus on, choosing something that’s right for you will help you stay committed.
2. Once you’ve determined what area to focus on, narrow it down to one or two specific goals.
Pick one or two ways to begin working on your focus area.
Using the same example as above, you could narrow down your focus by trying out yoga or making an appointment with a therapist. If you choose to focus on sleep, you could also consider yoga or other ways to decompress after a busy day, like a spin class, or a massage.
Keep in mind that you get to choose what is best for you. If you already know yoga makes you more anxious or stressed, then try something else. If you’ve seen a therapist before, but are willing to keep an open mind, find a different one that you might click with.
3. Set aside time in your day until your new habit is formed.
Habit building takes time. The fact is, building a habit can take anywhere from two months to almost a year to create, which is why scheduling time in your calendar for new activities will help you achieve your goals.
But don’t be alarmed! Scheduling one-hour yoga sessions everyday for the next year is not what we mean by habit building.
You can start easy by setting aside one or two hours per week for the first month or two. This way you can determine if what you’re doing is right for you.
If you decide you need to adjust course because that spin class is more likely to help you burn off stress or extra energy, then allow yourself to try a new method.
Maintaining your health is completely unique to you which is why we are passionate about connecting you with a variety of local wellness partners. Through Flourish, we hope that you are able to find what you need to live a happy, healthy, fulfilled life!