2019, The Year to Focus On Your Health And Well-being?
It's Time to Take Care of You.
2019 is here and that means a clean slate ready for a fresh start! New goals are on the horizon and the air around you is ready to be inhaled through a reinvented exercise regime. Or perhaps you’re just looking forward to a change of scenery and a new living situation, different house mates or simply a new L-shaped couch for the living room.
Whatever it is that’s getting you excited for 2019, don’t forget to be completely selfish when it comes to deciding what your health goals and aspirations are. It's never too late to modify eating, exercise and overall living habits to create the best start to the New Year that you can possibly have. This is the year for YOU, the chance to really work on your health and well-being. Listed below are several ways you can waltz into 2019 with a motivated, healthy mind set:
Decorate Your Plate: Aim for Seven Colours Each Day
The Holiday period isn’t just about coloured tinsel and decorations. Remember the opportunity that your very own plate presents to you when you have the opportunity to decorate it with a bright line-up all your own making. Cover it with dark leafy green salads and glazed carrots, purple beetroot slices and red cherry tomatoes, the list is endless.
Ensuring your food is bright, beautiful and full of vibrant colour, is a sure-fire way to keep your inner-system healthy. What’s more, by keeping this tradition going even after the holiday season ends, means you’ll be moving into 2019 with heaps of energy and healthy habits.
Customise Your Own Eating Plan
What are your favourite foods, what foods do you know you need to eat more of, but you don’t like them, what are the treat foods you need at least once a week to stay sane? Write a massive list and then try and think of different recipes you can use week-to-week that incorporates a balance of all those different dietary requirements.
It’s even helpful to keep a food diary - write down what you eat when you eat it, the serving sizes and how you feel after you’ve eaten a specific food. Which foods help you satiate hunger, and which ones ramp up your appetite? Plan accordingly, and stock up on those that keep hunger at bay. When you’re feeling confident, start compiling your own eating plan that will help you to think ahead, organise your life and start each week with a vision of how you want to continue.
Move, Move, Move!
Exercise is hands down, one of the most effective and proven remedies for helping improve mental health, overall physical health, energy levels and clarity of mind. Regular physical activity has been a proven mood-booster, shifting negative mind sets such as tension, fatigue, anger and even depression.
Another bonus of exercise is the fact that it incorporates human contact and social interaction into your weekly routine – should you want it. Going walking or running with a friend is a great way to not only catch up with them, but bring your exercise along with you. If you’re wanting to up the ante, personal training sessions with a health and fitness trainer at your local gym is a great idea for those needing to be motivated by another human being in order to really push themselves past their limits. A great health and fitness coach will really listen to your health goals and put together a strength and conditioning plan that will work seamlessly alongside your healthy eating habits.
The 21-Day Mind set Challenge
Did you know it takes 21 days to retrain your brain and really implement a change of healthy habits? It may seem like a long time, but it’s literally only three weeks! Write your start date down in a calendar, and each time a successful day of eating and healthy living passes by, tick it off your calendar. Watch the days pass by and your mind slowly but surely become attuned to your new lifestyle.
Perhaps even split your three weeks into a different goal per week – for example, Week 1: colourful food challenge. Week 2: start exercising more, visit your local gym and talk to a health and fitness coach, Week 3: customise your own eating plan to work alongside your exercise. Before you know it, you’ll be past the danger-zone and well into 2019 and your new way of living.
Stress and worry can have a massive impact on your overall mood and the way your body functions throughout the day. It's very important while eating well and exercising, to also remember how to unwind at the end of each day to help your mind shut down for a quiet night ahead. Even throughout the day, practicing meditation or breathing techniques can relieve chronic stress and realign your outlook in a more positive way.
Managing your stress levels can have huge impacts on both your psychological and physical well-being. Don’t forget that also sharing your troubles, concerns or just overall feelings with a friend may help you to put things in perspective and to feel that you’re not alone. Whatever you find works for you – do it, implement it, and remember it’s just as important as the eating and exercising. 2019 should be the year of putting your mental health first.
Change of Scenery
2019 might bring about a fresh start. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery, different culture, new people and a landscape you’re not used to. Moving from the country to the city can inject excitement into a person’s otherwise stagnant lifestyle, or on the flipside, moving from the city to the country can be a great way for an overstimulated mind to regain some balance and levelheadedness through a more relaxed and peaceful environment.
If you decide that moving cities is going to be the answer to your 2019 health and mind set goals – make sure to call on John Ryan Removals, the top interstate removalists in Melbourne, to help you with all your moving requirements. They’ll get the job done – quickly, efficiently and with all the care and attention a good moving job requires. All you’ll have to worry about, is making sure you stretch before your first run in the new city!