There’s something about this time of the year that makes you think about your health. Whether it’s the turn of a new year (or even decade, in this case) or just the usual festive overindulgence, there’s nothing like stepping into January and deciding that you want to work on your health. But at the same time, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, because everybody is working on their health right now and it’s a bit of a cliché. And you may feel like you have no idea where to start or what to do to get yourself started. That’s very normal. At first, it may just be that you want to focus on keeping fit, but there’s so much more to becoming a healthier new you than just that.
The thing about working on your health is that it’s a journey – and a long one at that. If you have different goals that you’d like to work towards today, no matter how far fetched they may seem, you can get there just as long as you are willing to put the work in. And not only that, but also that you change your mindset too. Because the more than you start to see your health from a holistic perspective, the more successful you may be at making this all stick. Let’s take a look at how.
Your Outlook On Health
To start with, it’s really important to make sure that you know where you’re at with your mental attitude towards your health.
Understanding Your Habits
The very first thing that is going to help you here, is to understand your habits. Because we all have health habits whether we know it or not. From what you eat to how you move – there are things that you do. And before you work to change your habits for better health, you have to know what they are today.
Understanding Where You’re At
And then, it’s handy for you to kind of assess where your health is at right now. Because we all have a starting point. And it doesn’t really matter what that point is, but you need to know what it is. Looking at your body mass can help you to get an idea. But then you need to set some goals. Because then you know how you can move forward towards a healthier you.
Adjusting Your Attitude
Now, this is something that is really important for you to make sure that you adopt in order to make the changes you want. Your attitude is everything. If you have a negative outlook on your health, it will stay that way. But when you can shake up your outlook, and you can embrace positivity about the future of your health, you can approach this with success from the start.
Exercising & Staying In Shape
It’s so important to look after your body. And exercise can be a fun way to do that. Let’s see how that can be the case;
Making It A Habit
To start with, the thing that you’re going to want to make sure that you do here is for you to make the exercise you choose to do a habit. It’s the consistency that is the important thing that makes it work. Even if you just do ten minutes a day or thirty minutes three times a week, it’s the habit that will make this stick. You can decide what you’re going to do next, but you will want to know that you plan to make it a habit. Because this has the most holistic benefits.
Doing Something Fun
However, it’s important to make sure that we recognize just how difficult it can be to actually get started with exercise. But if you are worried about actually doing it, then choose a fun workout that you might enjoy. Because yes, exercise can be fun! You don’t have to just join a gym or run, there are a range of things you can do to make sure that you move your body more.
Trying New Things
Also, it’s also a fun idea for you to think about trying new things. It’s easy to think that you have to just do basic exercise, but you can dance or play tennis or try boxing. Just make sure that you find it fun and that it’s something that you’ll stick at.
Eating & Nutrition
You are what you eat. And what you eat can really make a difference to your health. So, here’s what you need to bear in mind about nutrition;
To start with, you have to make sure that you know what it is that you’re eating. It’s easy to enjoy the things you love without really knowing what they are or what it does to your body. But, when you become more knowledgeable about healthy eating and what food does to your body, it will help you to make healthier choices.
Eating A Variety
The next thing that you want to do here, is to make sure that you’re eating a variety of different things. It’s a simple way to ensure that you’re getting in the range of nutrients that you need. This could be eating a range of colourful vegetables or a range of meat and fish!
Enjoying What You Like
However, at the same time, it’s important for you to recognise that actually, you can eat the things that you love too. If you are being super strict, then it’s not always fun for you. You may end up falling off the wagon and binging. But, when you are able to actually eat a balanced diet and enjoy some of the foods that you really love, you’ll have more luck. So balance is best.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental health is finally being talked about a lot more. And it’s important that you take more control of your mind and mental wellbeing. Here’s how;
Talking To Someone
To start with, you may want to think about finding a therapist. Most of us have things going on that we could benefit from talking about. You could talk to a friend or someone you trust, but you could also find a therapist to talk to. Getting professional help to work through some of the things in your mind may release you from a bad cycle and allow you to enjoy better levels of mental health.
Being More Conscious
But not only that, you may find that if you can start to be a lot more conscious of your mind, it will help you to manage it. This can really help if you experience a lot of negative thoughts or self-talk. Starting to meditate can really help you here. Just being a bit more mindful of your thoughts and accepting that they are just that – thoughts can help you. But you have to be proactive about it.
Taking Time For You
And finally, you have to appreciate just how important it is for you to take time for yourself. Because it’s very easy to forget about that. It’s easy to get wrapped up in life and always be on the go. But it’s not healthy. Instead, when you are able to slow down and do some things to relax that you love, like having a bath or doing yoga, you’ll feel better. This can often keep you sane, happy, and balanced, as well as healthy.
Happiness and Emotional Wellbeing
Finally, you may not think that this has anything to do with your health but it’s a huge part of the holistic agenda. Here’s why;
To start with, something that you might want to really focus on here is to ensure that you are as stress-free as you can be. Stress is a killer, and living a stressed-out life is never fun. But if you can aim to live a stress-free life and focus on staying relaxed and removing any toxicity from your life, you will be surprised at how healthy and happy you feel in yourself.
From here, you’re going to want to make sure that you have some kind of balance in your life, emotionally speaking. Emotions are often hard to deal with. They can be controlling, and they can rule our lives – in good and bad ways. But when you aim to balance your emotions, you may find that you feel much more comfortable in yourself and that your mental health (and happiness in general) starts to feel much more balanced too.
And, one of the best parts of this is for you to make sure that you are feeling fulfilled in life. If you are unhappy or stuck or lost, it’s going to have such a big impact on your mental health. However, when you are able to feel fulfilled and happy, content and as if you are on track, it will help you to boost your health and all other areas of your lifestyle too. And it’s important for you to keep this in mind.