If you’re reading this, you likely have a lot to be grateful for.
You’ve made it through a hectic year and have likely come out stronger. If you haven’t made your new years resolutions yet, or weren’t planning to, that’s not a problem! I’ve compiled a list of 22 things that you can add to your list. If you don’t have a list of resolutions, maybe consider how these could help start your 2022 a little healthier!
- Move for 30 minutes a day – If you’re already doing this, how can you change it up? Introduce different workout styles or a class! Find a workout buddy that will keep you accountable. Download an app to track your progress and consistency.
- Declutter – Your bedroom, your house, your mind. Clutter can exist anywhere, but you can also clear it with a cleaning schedule or meditation (depending on what you’re de-cluttring!).
- Try therapy – If you haven’t tried it yet, you could really benefit from reaching out to a therapist or friend to get a different, and hopefully, unbiased, opinion
- Drink more h2O – Throughout the day, and less at night. I’ve learned my lesson from having to get up in the middle of the night to use the washroom.
- Meditate – Start with 5 minutes of sitting in silence, and maybe progress by increasing the time or incorporating a walking meditation.
- Move for 30 minutes every single day – 5-7 days of exercise (aerobic or anaerobic) to get your joints moving, boost energy, and clear your mental funk.
- Go to sleep at the same time every day – Likewise, you want to wake at a reasonable hour every day. Keeping this as consistent as possible will help keep you
- Eat more greens – Aim for at least 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables. This will increase your micro- and macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and are typically lower in calories per cup.
- Eat the rainbow – A variety of colors in your food will provide you with a variety of different vitamins and minerals (micronutrients)
- Increase Protein intake – Either eat more of the protein you like, or add in a new plant-based alternative or protein powder into your snacks or meals.
- No screen time 30 minutes before bed – It’s both too stimulating for your eyes and brain and the light could be too bright for you to settle down to sleep. Higher light levels have been shown to suppress melatonin, a hormone that provides the body’s internal biological signal of darkness.
- Minimize screentime – Use grayscale, lock apps after a certain time, put your phone on Airplane mode. Making your phone look less attractive will help keep your eyes on other things like spending time with friends and family, or reading a book.
- Sleep with the phone outside of my bedroom – Get yourself an old-school alarm clock or a sunrise alarm clock that gets brighter in order to wake you up.
- See family more often – with the pandemic among us, many of us spent prolonged periods of time away from friends and family. Take the time to schedule out a few hours or days to see your loved ones.
- Self-Care day 1x a month – Although you can do this more often, planning a day where you completely give yourself permission to do nothing (or lots of enjoyable activities) is important in order for you treat yourself the best way possible. If this isn’t possible for you, and you can’t completely let go of all responsibilities, maybe book yourself a 60-minute massage, go for a long drive, go skating or for a swim, or work on a puzzle. Aim to do something for yourself, completely uninterupted.
- Carry snacks with me – If you accidentally miss a meal, no worries. Carry healthy, prepared snacks with you everywhere you go.
- Watch a movie by yourself – Treat yourself to a discounted movie on a Tuesday night and grab a big bag of popcorn. It’s a great way to get out of your place and watch a movie with others around you.
- Volunteer – At your local food bank, at a shelter, at the library teaching kids and adults how to read and write. The possibilities are endless, and can be a long-term commitment or as little as 1-3 times to get a feel for your community.
- Commit time to learn something new – Learn a new language, play an instrument, learn how to code, or even learn how to play a new sport.
- Go for a Health checkup – Some people try to avoid doctors, but it’s that exact reason that you should be booking these appointments in advance. You’ll thank yourself! Book all your dentist, doctor, optometrist, and massage appointments now!
- Review your Budget – Life can get away from us pretty quickly. Track your spending, review your budget, and adjust it accordingly. Downloading apps like Mint and You Need a Budget (YNAB) may help you out!
- Read more – Find the best method that works for you so you can continue learning. Whether that be reading fiction/non-fiction/self-help, listening to a podcast, watching a documentary, or attending a conference or webinar.
It doesn’t end there.
The possibilities are endless. This is just the tip of the ice berg. These are tiny goals that I will try to incorporate throughout the year. If you’ve already worked on your Resolutions, consider adding an extra from this list.
For those of you who normally don’t work on resolutions, myself included, consider leaving a list of small goals printed on your fridge or somewhere you know you’ll look daily. This can serve as a reminder to work on yourself daily.
If you’ve got any other resolutions, goals, or tid bits you’d like to add and that you think would be beneficial to the NutraChamps family, let us know in the comments below!