You don’t need to make a resolution to improve your life in the new year. A few, simple wellness goals can do wonders to help you feel better both mentally and physically.
Try out these simple self-care tips to live well in 2018:
Add Good Food
Instead of denying yourself foods you love as part of a diet, add new, nutritious foods to your life. Find a salad that you love and eat at least two a week. Reach for vegetables as an afternoon snack. Replace your white bread with whole grain bread. Even these tiny changes can help you enjoy a healthier life without making you feel guilty for enjoying a cookie every now and then.
Get Some Rest
Sleep is a vital part of wellness. Sleep deprivation can increase your risk of obesity, depression, anxiety and heart disease. Every adult needs seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Get the sleep you need by ensuring your bedroom is cold, dark and quiet. Go to sleep at the same time every night (even weekends) to help your body make good sleep a habit.
Friendships and relationships can help improve your mental health, helping you feel connected to your community. Find new friendships in 2018 by volunteering, taking a class or visiting a support group. Though it can be nerve-wracking for adults to find a new friend, meeting others can be as simple as a smile, a hello and a quick introduction.
Get a Hobby
Participating in hobbies you love are an important part of self-care. Whether you enjoy reading, model building or fishing, spend more time on your hobbies this year. Your hobbies can help you relax, reduce stress levels and improve your emotional wellbeing. Hobbies like hiking or kayaking have an added bonus of strengthening your physical health, too.
Let Your Body Move
You don’t have to lift heavy weights or run a marathon to improve your body’s health. Just let your body move in whatever ways you enjoy. Whether you like the low-impact movements of an elliptical machine, dancing to great music or taking brisk walks, any physical activity can have great benefits for your heart, bone, muscle and mental health.
If you’re ready to get moving and get well in 2018, visit Snap Fitness in Seminole Square Shopping Center in Charlottesville. Snap Fitness is open 24/7 so you can always find time for exercise in your schedule.