2021 had taught us a lot of things, one of the most important lessons we learned was the value of health and prioritizing self-care. I personally have made a promise to myself to renew my daily routine and include habits that would empower my life in the new year as a method to empower my general wellness. Starting from integrating hormonal supplements into my routine in order to improve my mood and health, setting boundaries with friends and family members to entirely cleansing my belongings for a simpler way of life, and generating more "me time" for me (or in this case, online).
I'm going to share my wellness checklist for the new year, in the hopes that it may inspire you to make similar goals for this new chapter.
1. Get on a better sleep schedule
Make 2022 the year that you finally put focus and control on your sleeping habits. Getting enough and proper sleep will contribute tremendously toward a positive outcome on a variety of aspects of your life, including your hunger, mood, hormones, and overall health. Plus, if you start prioritizing sleep, you'll be less angry, agitated, and prone to snacking.
The advantages of getting better sleep: improved mood, feeling less exhausted, and having more control over your appetite.
To help you master your sleep schedule, I recommend you use a wake-up light. Wakeup lights work on the principle of gradually beginning to glow for around half an hour before the alarm is due to go off. These dual lamp-and-alarm combos try to replicate the sunrise by gradually increasing the amount of light. The growing light will have kicked-start your wake-up process by the time the alarm goes off, making it easier to get out of bed without pushing snooze.
2. Encourage yourself to drink more water
Hydration, like sleeping schedules, is a key to unlocking lots of new benefits into your day-to-day living. Consider having clearer skin, fewer headaches, and less fatigue. While it's easy to lump your daily water consumption in with the rest of the liquids you consume, there's nothing like pure H2O to keep you hydrated and healthy.
The advantages of staying hydrated: getting more energy, better metabolism, clearer skin
To help you keep hydrated, I recommend you always carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go. Not only to help you stay on track to meeting the goal of drinking enough, which is highly recommended and necessary to maintain a healthy and nourish body, having a reusable water bottle instead of the plastic water bottle brings so much more value for you and particularly for the environment. What do you prefer to have in your hand or in your selfies? A plastic water bottle or a reusable water bottle that oftentimes comes in a form of a chic personalized design exposing personal values about being kind to the environment?
3. start expressing gratitude
Reminding yourself of all the things you have to be grateful for may drastically change your perspective. Counting your blessings is one of the most basic — but powerful — ways to boost your attitude and well-being. It can assist you in feeling more motivated, inspired, and encouraged. While mentioning what you're grateful for out loud is a simple (and free) way to practice gratitude, other individuals choose to jot down their small blessings to reflect on every day.
The advantages of practicing gratitude: boost daily positive toward a positive mindset, clear mind, improve mental health.
To facilitate your intention of not missing a single day without expressing gratitude, I recommend you incorporate a gratitude and reflection journal. Writing down things you are grateful for might make you feel more hopeful since you are choosing to focus on the positive aspects of your life and giving negative feelings less power. While these wonderful parts of your life may be floating about in your subconscious, writing them down brings them to life.
4. getting into the movement, get in shape
One of the most essential things you can do for your health is to engage in regular physical activity. Physical activity has health advantages for everyone, regardless of age, talents, ethnicity, shape, or size.
In order to maintain healthy body weight, lose excess body weight, or sustain successful weight reduction, both food and physical exercise are essential. When you consume more calories through eating and drinking than you burn, including calories burnt through physical exercise, you gain weight. It's critical to maintain a healthy calorie balance. When it comes to weight loss, the amount of physical activity required varies substantially. To attain or maintain a healthy weight, you may need to be more active than others.
The advantages of moving your body: enhanced mood, enhanced brain health, healthier bones, healthies lymph
Do you know that you don't have to be registered at a gym facility in order to get your body moving? You can build your "mini-gym" at home by having some of these types of workout equipment for example a yoga mat, 5kg dumbells, mini resistance bands, a jump rope, and a hula hoop.
5. try more plant-based recipes
Nowadays, plant-based recipes are not only just tofu and lentils. Plant-based recipes have been developed rapidly and many people have been creatively making more delicious types of plant-based foods that are easy and simple to make.
There's never been a better moment to try your hand at vegan cuisine, with so many easily available substitutions and alternatives on the market. What's my favorite vegan dish? Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs and Vegan Tikka Masala.
The advantages of eating plant-based food: improve the health of your gut, support the immune system, lower cholesterol, stabilise blood sugar.
If you are finding it challenging to eat more plant-based foods, don't worry! Plant-based choices are becoming more widely available in stores and cafés than ever before. You can discover a plethora of recipes, new products being developed all the time, and videos about the health benefits of eliminating animal products from your diet on the internet. More and more people are choosing to go plant-based for health, environmental, economic, or ethical reasons.
Remember that some of the most nutrient-dense – and affordable – plant-based meals are almost certainly already on your radar, if not in your kitchen.
Consider chickpea, bean, and lentil tins, which are strong in protein. Everything you can think of in terms of fruits and vegetables, many of which are canned or frozen. Pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, and bread are examples of grains. Then there are the various nuts and seeds, peanut butter, and more specialized vegan cuisine such as tofu.
Spices, herbs, oils, stock cubes, and other seasonings add a lot of flavor to a dish. Many ready-made sauces, such as pesto, are now available in vegan variants.
6. make time for your "me time"
This may appear to be a simple question, but how much time do you truly set aside for yourself in your daily life? We all need that type of blissful, no-obligation, do-nothing time in our life! So, let's make 2022 the year of self-rewarding. Begin devoting weekly time to yourself to accomplish anything you want.
The advantages of having a "me time": nurture a positive and calm state of mind, enhanced wellbeing
To start your self-care journey, I recommend you to start small. Do you know that bath bombs have healing properties? Bath bombs are known for their fizzing sensation for your skin and well-being, which is created by two components which are sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. These two components make your skin healthier and younger. The renewing enzymes and the healthy glow your skin that you'll get after taking a bath with a bath bomb. Adding extra happiness for you and your skin!
7. pay attention more to your expenditure & save money
Having a dedicated finance and budget plan is an excellent approach to start keeping track of your costs and spending. When you keep track of when money comes in and when and where it goes out, you'll be able to discover money issues and anticipate and prepare for any unexpected costs.
Any form of a free phone app that can help you manage your spending to ensure you stay on track with your budget is also beneficial. By allowing you to examine all of your accounts in one location, a budgeting app makes it much easier to keep track of everything. You should explore automating other elements of your financial life, such as putting funds into a savings account or investing, once you've set up your budgeting program to automate your budgeting.
The advantages of budgeting and arranging your finance: easy access to manage money in an efficient way, an ideal way to track progress, and to help avoid finance and budgeting mistakes.
There you have it — everything you need to become your best self in 2022. Remember that a new year provides new chances, possibilities, and a fresh start. While things may not appear to be perfect at the outset of the year, given the increase in daily Covid instances, our optimistic approach may go a long way toward making 2022 a memorable year for personal growth and development.