New year, new me? Rather than quick fixes such as crash diets, here are 21 things you can try which could improve your health. Ultimately, these things in isolation won’t improve your health, but if a couple stick and become habits they could have a profound impact
- Sign up to a Health & Wellbeing Newsletter
Having a regular flow of information coming through to you regarding health and wellbeing may give you the inspiration needed to get into a positive mindset. Direct access to this kind of important information allows you to learn new ways and techniques for staying on top of your health. You can sign up for the Inspired Health newsletter, which provides you with instant access to offers and the latest blog posts – which contain useful information in relation to your health and wellbeing.
- Try a Free Online Workout
If you need a workout routine to follow, there are plenty of free ones available online. The NHS have a range of exercise videos on their websites that you can try out. If you want to work out from home but don’t have any equipment, you can follow our best indoor workout guide for some ideas on how to use what’s already in your home in your workout routines, or follow someone like The Body Coach on YouTube.
- Start a Journal
Keeping a journal can be really beneficial for your mental health. Writing down your thoughts helps you express your feelings and allows you to keep your thoughts organised. A journal can help you into the rhythm of setting goals and tracking your progress whilst trying to achieve your goals. This can help with stress relief and allows you to gain more structure in your life.
- Perform a Random Act of Kindness
This can involve a range of things but performing an act of kindness can help make both you and the recipient feel great. Acts of kindness can be as simple as sending flowers to a loved one or helping an elderly neighbour do their shopping.
- Have an Unprompted Health Check Up
It’s always good to have a health check if it’s been a while since your last visit to the doctors. Of course, the NHS are extremely busy dealing with the covid-19 pandemic at the moment, so unless you have an issue it’s probably best to wait until things get back to normal.
- Learn to Cook a New Recipe
Getting more creative with your cooking can be great for your wellbeing! There are a number of healthy recipes available at Inspired Health, which you can follow or use as inspiration for your own recipes.
- Try New Food
It’s always good to try new things, so why not try a food that you’ve never had before? You might discover a new food you can use in future meals.
- Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board is a brilliant way of expressing yourself. It can be a useful planning tool, and lets you map out everything in front of you. A vision board can be a source of motivation, and lets you focus on whatever you envision
- Buy Some New Workout Gear
Getting some new workout equipment or clothing can give you the motivation to get back into your fitness. If you are looking to build muscle, you can look to buy some new weights to use from home. Whereas if you want to build your fitness or just do more general exercise, you can look at buying gym clothing, running shoes or walking boots.
- Try One New Exercise Every Month
Adding new exercises to your routine allows you to discover different ways to train your body. If you are looking to train a particular muscle group, it’s good to find a new exercise that focuses on working those muscles in a different way.
- Buy Yourself Some Nice PJs or Bath Products
It’s important to take some time for yourself to wind down and relax. What better way to do this than through a calming warm bath and then getting into some fresh pjs? Buy yourself some fragrant bubble bath and some new pjs before treating yourself to a lovely night in.
- Learn to Say No
Agreeing to everything can be very overwhelming and leave you feeling stressed or anxious. It’s important to remember that you are allowed to say no to things and take more time for yourself. Learning to say no really improves your self-discipline and can help you to make better decisions.
- Try Meditation
The benefits of meditation are well documented, and it is an excellent way of boosting your mental fitness. Meditation allows you to relieve anxiety and stress, meaning you can have a clearer mind. Mental clarity is an important goal to aim for, as it allows you to better deal with stressful situations.
- Digital Detox
We are all guilty of spending too much time glued to our screens, so it can be good to take a break once in a while. Even having a small break, like doing a digital detox over a weekend, can be beneficial for your mental wellbeing.
- Get the Right Amount of Sleep
There have been many studies which highlight the importance of getting the right amount of sleep. It is recommended that adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night in order to properly refresh your mind and body. Getting the right amount of sleep will drastically improve your health as it helps restore your body whilst powering your mind.
- Listen to a Podcast or e-Book
Podcasts and books can be excellent sources of information. Learning new things can be good for your mental health, leaving you feeling empowered and more knowledgeable. Podcasts can also help cure boredom, so if you’re feeling unsure of what to do with your spare time, listening to a podcast can be a great idea.
- Try Batch Cooking
The benefits of batch cooking can really help you get on top of maintaining a healthy diet. Preparing and planning your meals through batch cooking allows you to decide how healthy you are eating way in advance. It also helps to reduce meal costs and can reduce the stress of deciding what to eat daily.
- Declutter Your House and Mind
Having a declutter can help to clear your mind, whilst giving you more physical and mental space. Decluttering your house can involve clearing out items you no longer need, or simply having a big tidy. Having a big clear out can also help to improve your mental state, as a messy house is known to cause stress.
- Try Using a Meal Prep Company
Using a meal prep company lets you discover new meals that you can add to your own cooking book! It also relieves the stress of having to cook and buy food, so if you are short on time – this is a great option.
- Do Dry January or Sober October
Taking a month to detox can be really beneficial for both your mental and physical health. Taking part in Dry January or Sober October gives you the option to follow a community whilst refraining from alcohol, which provides a supportive network whilst you are detoxing. Check out our January challenges blog for more info.
- Reach Out to Someone and Ask if They’re Ok
Is there someone important to you that you haven’t spoken to in a long time? It can be difficult to make the first step when reaching out but catching up with someone and asking if they’re okay can be cathartic for both people.