20 Tips for 2020

Date: January 13, 2020

Healthy Spirit

  1. Set goals for what you want to achieve personally and/or professionally this year and write down the steps you need to achieve them.
  2. Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else.Volunteering enhances mood and self-esteem while giving you a greater sense of purpose and meaning.
  3. Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, manage chronic pain and prevent depression relapse.
  4. Take a break from smartphones and social media to reconnect with yourself and others.
  5. Laughter really is the best medicine. It can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

Healthy Mind

  1. Shake up your daily routine.When you’re not operating on auto-pilot, your brain is forced to process and grow.
  2. Good nutrition can help your mind as well as your body. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils and proteins can prevent cognitive impairment and dementia.
  3. Learn to manage your time well.This will help you reduce stress, get more done, and free up time for leisure and healthy activities.
  4. Practice gratitude to reduce negative emotions and increase feelings of happiness.
  5. Don’t hesitate to seek help. If you’re experiencing a mental health issue, talk to your primary care physician or a mental health professional.

Healthy Body

  1. Eat a variety of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables to help maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
  2. Drink plenty of water to maintain the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain and muscles.
  3. Get enough sleep. Doing this reduces stress, boosts your immune system and decreases the risk of chronic disease.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds to keep them – and your body – free from harmful bacteria.
  5. Stretch regularly to increase your flexibility and range of motion, improve posture and prevent back pain.

Healthy Community

  1. Introduce yourself to someone new. Not only do social connections improve well-being and lengthen life expectancy, they contribute to a more cohesive community.
  2. Join a group exercise class and connect with others to support one another as you work towards your wellness goals.
  3. Bring a friend or family member with you to the Y to make your workouts more fun and help hold each other accountable.
  4. Organize or join a volunteer service project to create positive change in your community.
  5. Empower young people. At the Y, you can coach youth sports, mentor a young person or volunteer alongside young leaders to help them on their journey to become changemakers.