The end of another year is rolling round and it’s time to start thinking about changes we want to make over the course of 2017. Here are some ways that you could focus on getting healthy in the new year.
If you’re feeling a little out of shape, use the dawning of the new year as inspiration to get fit and healthy!
If your diet isn’t fantastic, then now is the time to quit eating all those Christmas leftovers and try to cut down a little on saturated fat and sugar in your diet. It isn’t a good idea to cut any food group out completely. That kind of huge change simply isn’t maintainable in the long term. Instead, eat everything in moderation, and start planning your meals so you snack less over the course of the day.
If you want to get more toned, then start walking more. Try Couch to 5K, and take up a gentle exercise class like pilates or yoga to improve your core strength.
If you haven’t been feeling right in your mind in 2016, then now is the time to do something about that. A lot of people feel ashamed of having mental health problems, but the truth is that many people suffer from them. A lot of the time, men in particular feel bad about admitting that they’re suffering from depression or anxiety, because of a culture of toxic masculinity in our society making them think that they should keep their problems quiet so as not to appear weak. However, this leads to high suicide rates among young men. If you, or any men you know, are suffering from mental health problems, then get to a healthcare professional as soon as possible to get the help that you need. If you want to quit smoking, drinking or recreational drug use, then the start of the next year is the time to do that. If you’re having problems with drug and alcohol addictions, look into a treatment that works for you.
Are you happy in your job? If not, it’s time to start looking for a new one. Make it your aim to have changed jobs by the end of 2017 – that gives you plenty of time to look for something that you think you’re going to enjoy considerably more than your current situation.
If there’s no way that you can change jobs at the moment, then think about ways that you could make yourself happier at work. Talk to your boss about working fewer hours, or more flexibly, or working from home a couple of days out of the week.
If you aren’t happy in your relationship, try out counselling, particularly if you have kids and you’d like to maintain your current family status. If you think your relationship has run its course, then try not to be too heartbroken – just because something’s over doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good and worth it while it was going on. Talk to your partner about your problems and attempt to improve your communication.