The year 2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of people. Many had to stay at home most of the time due to the ongoing global pandemic. This has made some people neglect their physical health. After all, many are unable to go to their favorite gym or spend a lot of their time exercising outdoors.
The good news is that 2021 is just around the corner. The New Year gives people the chance to make a fresh start and commit to becoming physically and mentally healthy.
If you’re going to create a health or wellness-related New Year’s resolution, you’ll want to make sure that it’s sustainable and realistic. Establishing goals that are difficult or impossible to reach will push you to break and eventually forget about your resolutions.
Instead of making lofty health goals for yourself, try these resolutions you can keep:
- Take Care of Your Teeth
Keeping your oral health in good condition is a New Year’s resolution that you should start and sustain for life. Some dental goals you could make to enjoy a healthier mouth and a brighter smile are the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
- Discontinue the use of tobacco products and cigarettes (seek help with online programs and support groups to help you kick the habit).
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning.
- Get a whiter smile by scheduling an appointment with a cosmetic dentist.
- Ditch poor habits that can ruin your teeth, such as chewing pencils when you’re nervous.
- Eat Vegetables at Breakfast
Fact: 91 percent of Americans aren’t eating vegetables. Don’t be part of this statistic.
When preparing breakfast, don’t settle for bacon, eggs, bread and cereal. Look at this most important meal of the day as a perfect opportunity to squeeze in vegetables. If you like scrambled eggs, for instance, throw in savory ingredients to the pan, such as sweet potatoes and baby spinach.
- Get Better Sleep
A good night’s rest contributes to better overall health. When you deprive yourself of adequate sleep, you raise the likelihood of developing serious health problems, such as depression, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
If you’re struggling to get some shuteye at night, consider doing the following:
- Take note of what you drink and eat. Your eating habits can affect the quality of your sleep, especially hours before you hit the hay. You can enjoy a good night’s rest by avoiding large meals at night, limiting your caffeine intake and cutting back on refined carbohydrates and sugary foods.
- Clear your head and wind down by meditating. This relaxing bedtime ritual can get your mind ready for sleep.
- Regulate your exposure to light. When you’re trying to sleep, use shades or heavy curtains to block light coming from the windows. Alternatively, you could wear a sleep mask.
- Try to sleep in a quiet environment. If you are unable to get rid of the noise generated by oncoming traffic and your neighbors, wear earplugs or mask the noise with a fan.
- Curb Your Consumption of Junk Food
Many rely on food found in convenience stores, such as frozen dinners, packages chips and cookies. Although these products are readily available and delicious, they may not have the nutrients necessary to keep your body strong and healthy. What’s more, frequent junk food intake can increase your risk of developing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
- Get Rid of Clutter in Your House
Clear out the clutter in your closet, bathroom and other parts of your home to lower your body’s stress levels. You could throw away stuff you don’t need in the bin, sell it to earn some extra cash or donate it to a charitable organization.
This 2021, avoid creating goals that you can’t easily follow. Try a few of these resolutions to help you become as healthy and as happy as possible.