How to Start 2020 with Wellness in Mind
2020 has finally begun. While we should strive to be our best selves every day, the new year always seems like a clean slate. With a new decade upon us, that slate looks cleaner than ever. Many 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
New year wellness will look different for each person. Everyone has certain areas in which they excel. We all have some individual weaknesses or poor habits that we’d like to address as well. To cultivate new year wellness that will kick off a decade of good health, you need to establish what you’d like to achieve.
Write down anything you would like to improve upon. When you put your goals out into the universe on paper, social media or in your iPhone notes, you are more likely to achieve them. Seeing your goals written down gives you a sense of accountability. When a goal you have in your mind becomes tangible, your hippocampus encodes the visual and stores it in your long-term memory. That’s why scientists believe writing down your goals can make you 1.4 times more likely to achieve them.
Define Your Goals
When you’re writing down your new year wellness goals, it’s easy to simply write “be healthier” and move on with your day, but try to peel back some of the layers. What does “be healthier” mean? 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 Krav Maga 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 fun ways to make wellness more achievable for you.
Get Creative With Your Goals
Feeling your best is more than just eating whole foods, using CBD products and exercising. There are many other lifestyle factors that can impact your wellness.
Some creative 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. We must tend to the emotional and, for some, spiritual aspects of ourselves. Cultivate new year wellness by expanding the mind. Knowledge is power!
Take More Time for You
We live in a noisy world. We’re not just talking about yelling children and barking dogs. They’re only a small (and maybe the best) part of the overall chatter in our universe. No matter how cute your two- and four-legged little ones are, you still need time for just you. Find that time.
Sometimes we try to wear so many hats that we forget who we are. Even if it’s just for ten minutes every day, you need to check in with your inner self. When you craft your new year wellness goals, keep me-time in mind.
How to Craft Me-Time
Me-time can mean many things. If you are short on time, we suggest going off the grid. If you’re going to truly recharge, opt for ten minutes of complete silence. No television, music or social media. You don’t even need to meditate. Just be alone and zone out.
If you get to carve out more time for self-care, you could go for a walk in nature or a run on the high school track. Maybe even escape to the gym or a yoga studio. No matter what, make sure it’s something you enjoy and that it’s an activity that rewards you. You need to see the benefits of your me-time for it to become an essential habit for your well-being. The reward may come in the form of a healthier body and attitude.
You’re going to want to find more time to explore the things you love. Embrace that. Turn the volume up even more and discover your true passions. 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 if you have unhealthy reminders everywhere. We’re not telling you to throw away everything that’s in your 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
An effective way of implementing changes into your lifestyle is to find cleaner swaps that will make the transition easier. 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.
While these foods can be a change from what you’re used to, your taste buds will eventually adapt. Over time, you may even prefer the new swaps to your old habits.
Take Cooking Classes
If previous generations of your family thought a stick of butter and a pound of salt were essential in every meal, you might find a new way of cooking intimidating. That fear may interfere with achieving your wellness goals.
You may not be afraid to try new foods, but 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.
A great way to break the cycle is to eliminate fear from the equation by taking a cooking class. 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 ever-evolving. New hurdles have a way of falling in your path. Creating a concrete plan for the future is daunting and may seem pointless. While twists and turns along the path could derail your plans, it’s always good to have a rough blueprint.
Think about what you want to be when you grow up. We mean this even if you’re 65. Don’t look at the coming year as the destination — consider it another stop on the journey.
No matter what your age is, 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 wish 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 these long-term goals.
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 at a time in her life when many would be eyeing 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 the process. You’re going to hit road bumps, but it’s not the end of the world. 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 going 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 you can achieve it!
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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.