Whether you’re feeling motivated because it’s the start of a new year, or you’re just ready to give yourself a better path, these mini-resolutions can help get you where you want to be. Reviewing the pillars of wellness offers some great ideas for how to incorporate healthy behaviors into every day!
Resolutions for Physical and Nutritional Health
Making a goal to lose a few pounds or tone your muscles is all well and good, but it’s usually helpful to go back to the basics of a better wellness plan first. The following goals are generally easy to reach, which can go a long way for boosting your morale:
1. Start your day refreshed
Drinking a glass of water when you wake up in the morning can be a great kick-start to staying hydrated all throughout the day. There are a lot of different claims for what sipping on water will actually do for you, but there’s no doubt that it’s a good habit to practice!
2. Get moving with small steps
Every workout routine has to start somewhere, so you shouldn’t feel like you have to go all-out in the beginning. One study even says that a 10-minute walk can be just as productive to relieving anxiety as a more strenuous 45-minute workout. A brisk walk over different gradients or just picking up your pace at certain stretches can be a great form of exercise. Why not hop on the treadmill or head to the foothills?
3. Consider more plant-based options
We all know we’re supposed to eat more vegetables than we probably are. Yet changing our eating habits isn’t always that simple. Some people find it’s easier to work more veggies into their morning routine with a yummy banana-spinach. Others might opt for “Meatless Mondays” to try to cut back on their red meat intake. Both can be smart choices.
Pay Attention to Your Community Connections
Strengthening your personal relationships and getting more involved with activities around town is another important component of any healthy lifestyle. Here are some good things to check for your mental and social wellbeing:
4. Donate time to others
Your volunteer efforts don’t just help the greater good — it’s also good for you! People who dedicate time to volunteering consistently report feeling a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. You can lower your stress levels, and even make new friends in the process. To get started, just check out these volunteer options around Boise.
5. Nurture your valued friendships
It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, studies continue to show that good, reciprocated friendships directly relate to your happiness. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re giving time to those connections. Schedule a time to talk or meet up with the ones you love. Your friends are just as important as family.
Other Goals for Holistic Health and Wellness
These last couple tips may not be as obvious as the rest, but they still play an important role to your overall wellness plan. Making sure you stay true to what matters most to you — and your wellbeing — is crucial at every age:
6. Honor your core values
Identifying your personal values is a great practice to help you become more intentional in every aspect of your life. Reflecting on this list of values, for example, may inspire you to adopt more “fun” or “respect for others” into your daily routine. (Those specific values certainly matter to us!)
7. Plan ahead with preventative care
Last but not least, we hope you’re making regular check-ups a key part of health and wellness goals from year to year. Staying up-to-date on routine tests will help you catch issues early and live your best life.