We should strive to be our best selves every day, but the new year always seems like a clean slate. With a new decade upon us, that slate feels cleaner than ever. A lot of us make wellness resolutions for the new year, but this time around, it could be more of a “new decade” resolution. Here’s how to kick off the next decade in health and start 2020 with wellness.
Make a List of Wellness Goals
Wellness looks different for every person. Everyone has certain areas in which they excel, as well as some weaknesses or bad habits to address. To cultivate new year wellness that will jumpstart a decade of good health, you need to establish your goals.
Create a list of the things you would like to improve upon–– this will make it more likely that you will achieve them. Seeing your goals written down gives you a sense of accountability because your hippocampus encodes the visual and stores it in your long-term memory. This is why scientists believe writing down your goals can make you 1.4 times more likely to achieve them.
Define Your Goals
It’s easy to simply write “be healthier” and move on with your day, but try to peel back some of the layers when you write down your new year wellness goals. Get specific with it––what does “be healthier” mean to you? Write down a few actions that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Some considerations for new year wellness goals include:
- Cut back on dairy and meat
- Take spin lessons
- Craft the perfect superfood smoothie
- Research supplements that support wellness
- Train for a 5K
- Drink less alcohol
- Learn how to paddleboard
With a clean slate ahead of you, you can create a beautiful image of a healthy life. Find creative ways to make wellness more attainable.
Get Creative With Your Goals
There’s more to feeling your best than just eating whole foods, using CBD products and exercising. There are many other lifestyle factors that can impact your wellness.
Some fun goals to consider for wellness in the new year include:
- Travel more
- Use all of your time off (including sick days)
- Start meditating
- Read five extra books this year
- Take a Photoshop course
- Learn a new language
- Cut down on social media
- Talk to a therapist
- Meet a different friend for coffee once a week
New year wellness isn’t just physical. It is important to tend to the emotional and, for some, spiritual aspects of ourselves. Cultivate new year wellness by expanding the mind. After all, knowledge is power!
Take More Time for You
We live in a noisy world, and we’re not just talking about yelling children and barking dogs. No matter how cute your two- and four-legged little ones are, you still need time for just you. Find that time.
It’s easy to forget who we are when we try to wear so many hats. Even if it’s just for a few moments every day, it is important for you to check in with your inner self. When you come up with your new year wellness goals, keep time for just you in mind.
How to Craft Me-Time
Me-time can mean all sorts of things. If you’re running low on time, we recommend going off the grid. If you’re going to truly rest and recharge, opt for ten minutes of complete silence. No television, music or social media. Just be alone and zone out.
If you can carve out more time for self-care, you could go for a stroll in nature or a run on the local school’s track. Maybe even escape to the gym or a yoga studio for an hour. No matter what, make sure it’s something you enjoy and that it’s an activity that’s rewarding. You need to see the benefits of your me-time for it to become an essential habit for your well-being. The reward may be a healthier body and mind.
Embrace finding more time to explore the things you love. Learn how to play an instrument, work on that novel bouncing around in your head or take some courses online. Whatever you do, make some time for yourself in the new year.
Get Rid of Junk Food in the House
You can’t achieve new year wellness with unhealthy reminders lying around. We’re not telling you to throw away your entire pantry, but at least take inventory of it. Acknowledge the items that you know aren’t going to cultivate wellness and wean yourself off of them. Once you run out, try not to buy these items on the next grocery trip.
Make Food Swaps
Finding cleaner swaps to make the transition easier is an effective way of implementing changes into your lifestyle. For example, instead of beef tacos, try a leaner protein such as turkey or chickpeas. Cut down on the refined sugar in baking and pour in some honey instead.
Although these foods can be a change from what you’re used to, your taste buds will adapt over time. Eventually, you may even prefer the new swaps to your old habits.
Take Cooking Classes
There are many factors that may cause hesitation when making a change. Some think buying whole foods is expensive. If you’re going to cook it, you want it to taste good. You may not yet know how to cook these healthier options and fear making mistakes that could waste your time and money.
Taking a cooking class is a great way to eliminate this fear and to break this cycle. You’d be surprised at how many schools and restaurants offer drop-in lessons. Bring a friend and have some fun. You can learn new techniques to prepare healthy and delicious meals and apply your knowledge at home for a healthier new year.
Think About the Future
Life is always changing. New hurdles have a way of falling in your path. Creating a concrete plan for the future can feel both daunting and pointless. While twists and turns along the path could derail your plans, it’s always good to have a general idea of where you’d like to go. Remember to enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination.
No matter how old you are, nobody wants to sit around idle forever. If you’re eyeing retirement, it’s time to think about what you want to do with that time. What are you passionate about? Is there anything you’d like to learn or a cause you want to donate your time to?
For those who are already retired, what are you doing with your time? Ask yourself if those activities are physically and mentally stimulating. Do you want to move somewhere beautiful? Maybe you dream of getting an RV and seeing the world? Perhaps you’d like to start the business you wish you did ten years ago? You can make your goals a reality.
Perhaps you’re a recent graduate starting your career or you’re thinking about expanding your family. Set up your future goals and you’ll be surprised by how many advancements you can make now to achieve them.
Try CBD Products
We would be remiss if we didn’t suggest adding CBD to your wellness routine in the new year. Many of the inspirations we drew upon when we crafted this list were from our founder and CEO, Joy Smith. Her never-ending quest for wellness allowed her to start a thriving business. She created this dream much later in her life while many of her peers began thinking of retirement. Joy feels better than ever, both physically and mentally, and she credits much of her success to CBD.
There are many ways to add CBD to your wellness routine in the new year. For many, the easiest way is to use CBD softgels. CBD softgels are a daily reminder that you have goals you want to achieve, and they can support you as you go out and achieve them.
The most popular way to incorporate CBD into a new wellness routine is with CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures absorb and get to work quickly. If you’re looking for support on the go, this might be the best option for you.
Tips for Achieving New Year Wellness
No matter what your new year wellness goals are, know that you can achieve them when you create an action plan, write it down and hold yourself accountable.
Don’t stress, just trust the process. There will be bumps along the way, but don’t let them stop you. We’re all trying to live our best lives, and some days will be better than others. The best way to cope with this is to realize that life is a journey and not a destination.
How we define wellness is always subject to change. We may consider wellness to mean feeling fulfilled emotionally and spiritually, or it may mean ridding ourselves of unhealthy habits! Whatever your goals, wellness is not meant to be stressful. Go with the flow in your journey towards new year wellness. We believe in you!
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Todd Smith is Joy Organics Chief Partnerships Officer and Co-founder. Before Joy Organics, he worked in the wellness and nutritional industry for over three decades and helped generate over 1 billion dollars in supplement sales. He has applied that knowledge and experience to empower over 1000 businesses through Joy Organics’ partnership programs. Todd is also the author of a book, podcast, and blog titled Little Things Matter.