As the years roll on, many of us turn to the tried and true phrase again and again: new year, new me. There’s just something so tantalising about the opportunity to craft a sparkling, new version of yourself each and every year. While New Year’s resolutions can fade away in days or weeks, a healthy habit only needs 21 days to become a permanent fixture. Therefore, we’d like to propose healthy habits for you to take on board this new year. From your physical to mental to environmental habits, here are twenty healthy habits to strive for in 2020.
Hydration is key to good health and can help improve your mood and concentration. Drinking enough water can also help improve your skin, cleanse your system, lubricate your joints, deliver oxygen to your entire body, and boost weight loss.
Pay attention to nutrition
A lot of health-related issues stem directly from our diets. Regardless of the kind of diet you follow, you need to be sure you’re getting the vitamins you need for your age and the lifestyle you follow.
Set time aside for yourself every day
Giving yourself some ‘me’ time isn’t selfish. After all, you’ll be able to better help and care for others when you’re in a good mental state. Make sure that you give yourself time to de-stress and decompress every day.
Focus on mindfulness
Making time to check in with yourself about how you’re feeling is vital to pinning down and deconstructing negative thoughts and habits. Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can help fight off mental and even physical ailments.
Dedicate more time to your skincare regime
As we change and age, our skincare routine should change, too. Spend a bit of time during the new year, finding the best skincare routine for you.
We should all seek to be as lovely and charming on the inside as we are on the outside. Reading can help you get there. As a matter of fact, a study from a few years ago found that people who read are nicer!
Reduce your screen time
From insomnia to eye problems, too much screen time can cause a lot of trouble. If you find yourself having a lot of headaches or struggling to sleep at night, you should spend more time away from your mobile, computer, or television. You may even find yourself able to focus better.
Take up a new hobby
Chances are you already have a hobby and if so, we’re very happy for you! Although if you find yourself looking to do something productive with your free time, meet people or get fit, a nice new hobby is a quick fix for that. We are fans of making natural skincare at home, alongside other hobbies.
Join a club
It’s always enjoyable to spend time with like-minded people, which is why clubs can be fun! Finding the right club in your hometown is also easier than ever before. Not only will you have a good time, but you’ll also make valuable connections that can boost your longevity.
Get involved in your community
Volunteering in local spaces and organizing events in your community can bring a lot of positivity into your life. While it’s true that you should only take on as much responsibility as you can realistically handle, working to make your community a little better is always a wonderful idea.
Learn about recycling
Social media platforms like Facebook recently shocked many of us with how little we knew about recycling via viral articles like this. Why not go one step further and seek out more information on how to further reduce waste? The planet will thank you.
Apologies to those who may think I sound like a broken record, but secondhand shopping is essential for a responsible and sustainable lifestyle. Not to mention, its stigma is fading away all over the world. Be sure to hit your favourite charity shops this year!
Gardeners already know the benefits of composting organic waste, but for everyone else here’s a nice reminder to compost. More and more town halls are providing composting services for their citizens and we’re all for it.
Reduce your meat consumption
For some, it can be a big ask to go completely veggie, but simply reducing your meat intake can help fight climate change. By consuming more beans and less meat, you can significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of arts and crafts, upcycling is a great way to repurpose things you have at home. Upcycling itself has been around for a long time which means that you would be joining the ranks of many people who came before you, as well as channeling your creative and eco-friendly energies into a tangible product.
Make time for family
We should all remember to pencil more time in with our loved ones. When work gets crazy, think twice before turning down a meal or a quick catch-up with family. Often, being around those who care for us works as the best de-stressor.
Visit with friends more
Friends are our chosen family. Regularly spend time with them can be beneficial for your mental health. Planning a meet up with friends at least once a week can help you relax and enjoy your life a little more.
Spend time with the elderly
Last year, researchers found that living near your grandmother could have evolutionary benefits. Ergo, we highly recommend devoting some more of your free time to your grandparents, should they still be living. You may be pleasantly surprised at the effect it has on your life.
Plan regular outings
Setting a date in your calendar to get outside or just take a walk along the beach is important. Scheduling time in the great outdoors can significantly boost your physical and mental wellness.
Make your own self-care routine
At the end of the day, you know what’s best for you. This new year, take charge of your self-care routine and fill it with things you like and enjoy.
The future looks very bright for 2020 and with these 20 healthy habits, you’ll be living a healthier, greener, and better life. Leave us a comment below with any other healthy habits you’d recommend people take up this year! Are you serious about your new skincare making hobby? Be sure to learn more about WapoBeauty’s eBook on How to Sell Your Skincare Products Legally in Ireland and the EU. For more hands-on instruction on how to formulate and make safe and professional skincare products sign up for WapoBeauty’s upcoming Making Natural Skincare Masterclass.
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni