There is a recent trend in New Year's resolutions that focuses on overall wellness rather than strictly physical fitness. If you're one of those who would like to prioritize your personal wellness in 2023, we put together a list of some of the most important things you can do.
Every January, it seems that exercise and “getting back tothe gym” dominate the conversation around New Year’s resolutions and how tobetter oneself in the new year. That may be changing, however, as a recent ForbesHealth/OnePoll survey of 1,005 U.S. adults conducted before the holidays foundthat overall, 45% of respondents noted an improvement in mental health as oneof their top New Year’s resolutions, compared to 39% who said improved fitness.
This is part of a larger trend that focuses on overall wellnessversus strictly physical fitness. If you are one of those who would like toprioritize your personal wellness in 2023, we put together a list of some ofthe most important things you can do:
- Know your numbers
Completing your annual wellness check-up is keyto knowing your health risks and how to prevent and manage those risks.
- Invest in Your Mental Health
No longer a taboo topic, investing in your mental health should be a primary focus in managing your overall health. Make a point to practice mindfulness, find positive stress management and utilize company-provided mental health resources and professional networks.
- Get Some Sleep
Sleep is the cornerstone to great physical and mental health. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep most nights of the week promotes restfulness, positive mood, alertness and drive.
- Drink Your Water
Another one of the basics – drinking your 8 cups per day is key in staying hydrated, alert, and aids in good digestive health.
- Practice Gratitude
A daily gratitude journal can help you recognize all the good that’s happening in your life. Giving back to others, whether that’s through positive words or actions, can also create a sense of gratefulness and humility in ourselves.
- Recommit to Your Important Relationships
Connectedness is essential to us. Spending too much time alone leads to moodiness, anxiety, and causes negative effects to our immune systems. Take time this year to spend real, quality time with those that you love and enjoy.
- Learn Something New
Developing new hobbies and interests is one ofthe best ways to prevent mental decline as we age. Devote some time on at least one day per month to something new that promotes learning and fun.
- Take a Vacation
This one is a no-brainer, but one that many of us tend to put off until we run out of time at the end of the year. If you have paid time off, take it. Burnout is a real threat; relaxation in one factor that can help alleviate stress and mental exhaustion.
- Declutter Your Life
Clutter is distracting and causes stress and anxiety. Look for ways you can pare down clutter – not only in your home or at work, but also socially, as you reevaluate work and community priorities and relationships that don’t bring you fulfillment.
- Make Your Finances Work for You
Think about seeing a financial advisor this year to discuss unique ways to achieve your financial goals.