Preparing for the New Year by taking care of yourself can be a challenge you may be reluctant to tackle. For example, it might be difficult to commit to goals or maintain a positive mindset. Here are a few ways to feel your best and improve your quality of life.

Eat Healthy and Exercise

You can begin on the path to healthy eating by consuming smaller portions and eating fresh foods. Kale, almonds, avocados, blueberries and more can pair well with salads, sandwiches or soups. Besides this, commit to doing light or vigorous exercises three to four times per week. This can be walking, riding a bike or swimming among others. Additionally, you may want to join a sports team or go hiking alone. You can find natural, holistic solutions to pain management by seeing a chiropractor. This may involve physiotherapy, spinal adjustments, nutritional counselling or other methods that don’t require potentially dangerous pain medications or surgery.

Spend Time in Nature

Breathe fresher air and appreciate beautiful landscapes when you head outdoors. You can also plant a vegetable, herb or native garden. Native gardens provide food, shelter, protection and nesting areas for animals and insects. This helps improve the ecosystem and the lives of animals. You can also walk your dog, or train him or her to do tricks. Being grateful can be helpful in improving sleep quality and mental health issues.

Volunteer for a Cause

Volunteering can benefit you by making your life more meaningful and providing you with motivation for positivity each day. Besides this, you’ll be improving the lives of others. Consider helping out at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter or counselling center. Find opportunities by doing research online or by calling a nonprofit you admire and asking if they need volunteers. You have the unique opportunity to change your own life for the better by giving selflessly to others.

Be More Spiritual

The only way to care genuinely about others is to learn how to love yourself. Spirituality can be beneficial to your health and well-being in plenty of ways. Control your thoughts and emotions, gain empathy towards others and cultivate peace of mind. Spiritual techniques you may try are prayer, yoga and meditation.

These tips may seem like huge tasks to take on. One way to make it easier is to simplify them by taking baby steps. Besides this, keep a positive frame of mind by not taking life more seriously than necessary.

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Emma Sturgis

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