With the new year right around the corner, it’s the time of the year when people start thinking more seriously about their health goals.
Some of the most common health goals around this time are connected to losing weight and becoming physically fit in the lead up to the new year. However, holistic health also consists of integrating a greater degree of self-care into one's lifestyle. This includes keeping one's mental health in check and getting enough rest. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also affects people's ability to achieve all the other goals they may have set for themselves. By consciously taking stock of their health goals, people can become the best version of themselves, and also set up a course for future success in everything they do.
It is extremely important to set achievable goals when it comes to one's health. These health goals can be considered a blueprint for one's ambitions when it comes to their current and future well-being. By charting out achievable goals and following a plan to achieve them, they are able to balance the physical, mental and holistic aspects of their health journey. This includes:
1. Get sufficient sleep
Often, people all over the world feel like 24 hours are not enough to do everything they need to do in a day. However, to be able to utilize this finite amount of time more efficiently, one needs to get at least 7 to 9 hours of rest every night. Maintaining discipline in this simple aspect of one's routine will positively affect all the other areas of one's life.
Here are a few tips to help you improve your bed-time routine.
2. Control your sweet tooth
Many people crave some dessert after a hearty meal. A plate of vegetables or healthy alternatives just doesn't satisfy these cravings quite the same as a sweet treat. However, these cravings can often lead one down a slippery slope. Following a routine of eating brownies, ice cream or sweets each night can lead to multiple ill-effects in the long run.
As an alternative, one can choose sweet treats that offer nutritional value. Natural "desserts" such as fruits like mangoes or strawberries are a viable option. Incorporating reasonably nutrient-rich and healthier desserts into a well-balanced diet is a very effective method of managing one's health and reaching weight goals.
3. Self-care is equally important
Putting oneself first allows a person to take planned breaks from the stresses of daily life. This in turn helps people be more resilient in the face of problems and challenges. Knowing one's boundaries and setting reasonable limits so as to operate at one's optimal capacity can help people be productive in all aspects of life.
Interestingly, research published in the Advances in Experimental Social Psychology journal shows that people who set a clear intention for the implementation of their goal were 200% more likely to achieve their target!
4. Start walking more
You can easily hit the standard goal of 10,000 steps per day, and even go beyond that! Some ways to do this are as follows:
5. Unplug from digital devices
Putting away the smartphone and laptop at the end of the day is beneficial for one's psychological health and physical health. It can help one develop closer relationships with the people around them through offline interaction. As an additional benefit, unplugging can also help people avoid sedentary habits! One should make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of time they use digital devices on a daily basis.
It’s crucial to understand that one's health and well-being are the result of a mix of their daily routine and the habits they choose to build. In order to be better in each aspect of one's health, they have to take stock of the "big picture". All the pieces of their daily life fit into the jigsaw puzzle that is holistic health and well-being. Most of the time, improving one aspect of health will have a positive impact on another. This interlinked system of consistent growth and betterment is a sure-shot track to massive improvement through small steps. The health goals mentioned here can act as a good stepping-stone to create health goals that lead to a fulfilling and healthy life.