Whether you make resolutions each year or not, January symbolises new beginnings. But setting unrealistic goals for ourselves only leads to disappointment when we’re unable to maintain them. So this year, why not consider a few simple lifestyle adjustments to enhance your wellbeing? Here are eight (easy) tips for a fantastic New Year and 2020:
- Stay hydrated.
Our body is about 60% water; drinking enough of it maintains fluid balance, which transports nutrients, regulates body temperature and digests food. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will give you an energy boost; jazz it up by infusing with fresh herbs, fruit, or a dash of stevia for sweetness.
- Eat more soup.
Soup is the perfect winter warmer and a fantastic way to get your five-a-day. Two or three veggies chopped or whizzed up in a blender provide vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. It can also make you feel fuller for longer, plus it’s a thrifty option: vegetable soup in particular won’t break the bank. And it’s a fantastic way to use up your leftovers – just add some stock.
- Become a plant owner.
Just the presence of indoor plants can lower human stress levels. Research found that actively caring for plants calms the autonomic nervous system and lowered blood pressure. And when people work near plants, they report greater concentration, satisfaction, and perceived air quality. Plus, they make your home look beautiful!
- Take the stairs.
Did you know that climbing stairs, or taking part in similar moderate exercise for just 10 minutes provides a bigger energy boost than the caffeine equivalent of a can of soda or half a cup of coffee? And unlike coffee, it burns calories.
- Eat with family and friends.
Sharing meals is an ancient ritual that many of us do not partake in anymore. Turn off smart phones, television and tablets, and take time to connect offline. Getting creative with healthy recipes creates community and connection and is a great way to nurture those close to you.
- Keep clutter out of the kitchen.
Cluttered, disorganised spaces have been proven to increase stress levels, while tidying our living spaces mindfully promotes calmness. If you can hardly see your surfaces for paper, groceries and odds and ends, consider taking 20 minutes each day to whisk everything where it belongs.
7. Get artsy.
To help ward off the blues, engage in a bit of culture: a trip to the museum, a night at the theatre, or attending a concert. A study found that people who make regular trips to these types of attractions have a lower risk of developing depression.
8. Make your home more fragrant.
Because smell is associated with the parts of the brain that process emotion and store memories, certain aromas can affect mood. Research shows that vanilla increases relaxation, while peppermint can boost energy and lavender zaps stress. Light a scented candle or experiment with reed diffusers to lift your mood.
At Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet, we can set you on your wellbeing journey, with walking shoes, gorgeous candles and home fragrances, a range of blenders and juicers, plus recipe books and journals in the Works. So why not come for a browse? A visit to us is guaranteed to improve your wellbeing!