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A New Year, A Healthier You!

Happy 2023! It’s a blessing to see another year. The beginning of a new year can mean getting the opportunity to grow spiritually, mature emotionally, make better decisions, etc. There is also a tendency to put more emphasis on living better by trying to stay committed to new year’s resolutions. However, it can mean a time of reflection, too.

You can look back with purpose, so you can move forward to where you are going. In doing a self-assessment, you can now see what you can change. Change is about wanting to do something differently. Therefore, give yourself time to make small, achievable tasks or changes. That way, you will have a better chance of attaining you goals for this year.

Be good to yourself! Start the new year by attaining some of the following goals that you can stick to as they become healthier habits:

 

Pray Daily

When we pray, God can renew our mind—to focus on gratitude, to read the Proverbs, and to take care of priorities. We can arise motivated to read His word, to study it, journal our prayers, and apply His teaching.

It sounds like the ideal process—and it is. But the success rate only depends on our devotion and consistency.

2. Eat Healthier

You can make a resolution to eat more fruits and vegetables, nuts, baked fish and chicken, etc. The nutritional value of these foods is beneficial for any diet.

3. Drink More Water

You’ve probably heard the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day. That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal.

Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough. But other people might need more.

4. Exercise

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.

5. Spend Time with Family

The most significant benefit of spending quality time with family is that it helps you strengthen your family bonds. You need not plan out something elaborate to spend time with your near and dear ones. It can be something as simple as playing indoor games or cooking dinner together. You can even incorporate a fun element into your family time activity so that everyone finds it interesting. The rest will work out on its own.

6. Sleep Well

Getting high quality sleep is key for good health. Sleeping well is just as important as exercise and eating wisely.

7. Help Others

People have known for years that it feels good to help others, but only recently have researchers identified some physiologic changes that occur when we lend a helping hand. As a result of these changes, we feel an increase in our happiness and a warm glow (a feeling researchers refer to as “moral elevation”).

8. Organize Your Finances

You can be more organized with your money by checking your budget regularly, saving automatically, separating discretionary spending from your bill payments and managing your debt.

9. Nurture Positive Relationships

Make time to nurture the positive relationships you have with friends and family. Identify the people who lift you up and focus your energy on them.

Cultivating positive relationships in life has been proven to increase overall well-being. One study even found that people who have good social relationships are half less likely to die early than are more isolated people.

10. Enjoy Your Life!

Feel the wind on your face, the sun on your skin, and enjoy a good dose of Vitamin D and fresh air. Science has found that being out in nature reduces stress and increases overall well-being.

The blog content above is found on the following websites:

Proven Benefits of Daily Prayer (crosswalk.com)

Water: How much should you drink every day? – Mayo Clinic

Benefits of Physical Activity | Physical Activity | CDC

10 Incredible Benefits Of Spending Time With Family (stylecraze.com)

8 Benefits of Helping Others (ofthehearth.com)

6 Ways to Be More Organized With Your Money – Experian

How to Enjoy Life In a Way That Most People Don’t – Lifehack

#Jill Denise