Plenty of us like the idea of getting a little healthier, whether it’s losing weight, sleeping better, or improving our mental health. Self-care is different depending on the individual, so it’s important not to compare your journey to those of others. With 2020 fast approaching, many of us will start to think about the future. What do I want to achieve next year? What do I want to do better? Instead of just scrolling ‘ eat less chocolate’ or ‘ go to the gym more’ on your January to-do-list, why not try a few of these fun-alternative health goals.
1 . Give yourself a new challenge
A new challenge is a productive way to expand your horizons and enrich the quality of your lifestyle. You just need to figure out what challenge you’re going to give yourself. It could be ‘learn a new language’ or (finally) brave an open-mic night? It could be starting a side hustle, joining a sports team, or planning a solo-traveling trip for the first time. When we stick to the same routine ongoing, many of us become bored and lethargic. Shaking it up is good for the mind and the body too.
2. Improve your strength
How many of you put ‘lose some weight’ on your New Year’s resolution list every year? Frankly, it gets a little dull after a while! In 2020, why not instead give your body the challenge of improving your strength? Take up pilates or yoga and start building up your core strength. If not, brave some weight training and start showing yourself what you’re made of! When it comes to strength training, it’s important to take it easy at first. Begin with easy exercises and lighter weights; you can always build up over time. (You’ll be a pro at those barbell squats in no time)! For those looking for supplements to complement strength training, sarmsstore.co.uk have some great options.
3. Practice guided imagery
So what exactly is guided imagery? Well, it’s essentially closing your eyes and visualizing yourself as you make your way through a pleasant scene (usually alone and in the natural world). You can practice guided imagery through your imagination, in a class, or via a recording that guides your practice. For example, you might listen to a recorded piece which plays waterfall sounds to start with. As the session goes on, you’ll hear a recorded voice telling you to imagine that you are walking through a forest (for example). You’re encouraged to picture the scene, along with the sounds, feelings, and sensations in your mind. The recording continues and you’re taken of a journey of relaxation. The idea is similar to meditation in as much that the intention is about stress relief and calming your mind.
4. Indulge in aromatherapy
Aromatherapy has a huge range of health benefits, from reducing stress to treating headaches. Aromatherapy is also beneficial to improve sleep and manage pain. Each essential oil has different properties; there’s lavender to relax or ylang-ylang, to boost your mood. Inhaling essential oils allows you to access the benefits, yet you can also mix them with a carrier oil and massage into the skin.
The more that you prioritise a healthy lifestyle, the closer you’ll get to a happier you!