20 Tips for 2020
Date: January 13, 2020
- Set goals for what you want to achieve personally and/or professionally this year and write down the steps you need to achieve them.
- 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.
- Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, manage chronic pain and prevent depression relapse.
- Take a break from smartphones and social media to reconnect with yourself and others.
- Laughter really is the best medicine. It can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
- Shake up your daily routine.When you’re not operating on auto-pilot, your brain is forced to process and grow.
- 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.
- Learn to manage your time well.This will help you reduce stress, get more done, and free up time for leisure and healthy activities.
- Practice gratitude to reduce negative emotions and increase feelings of happiness.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drink plenty of water to maintain the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain and muscles.
- Get enough sleep. Doing this reduces stress, boosts your immune system and decreases the risk of chronic disease.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds to keep them – and your body – free from harmful bacteria.
- Stretch regularly to increase your flexibility and range of motion, improve posture and prevent back pain.
- Introduce yourself to someone new. Not only do social connections improve well-being and lengthen life expectancy, they contribute to a more cohesive community.
- Join a group exercise class and connect with others to support one another as you work towards your wellness goals.
- Bring a friend or family member with you to the Y to make your workouts more fun and help hold each other accountable.
- Organize or join a volunteer service project to create positive change in your community.
- 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.