Are you looking to get healthy in the New Year? Are you struggling to figure out where to start? A lot of people in recovery feel this way at the beginning of each year. It’s hard to know where to begin when it feels like everything needs to change but it’s not as daunting as it seems. In fact, there are a few key healthy habits that you can focus on that will make a big difference in your overall health and well-being. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in!
1) Put Your Recovery First
Before anything else, it’s very important to remember that your recovery comes first. In order for you to start a new chapter, you have to make sure that you’re in a good place and doing everything you can to stay sober.
Whether it’s going to meetings, working the steps, or meditating, make sure your recovery is a priority before moving forward with anything else.
2) Get a Good Night’s Sleep
This may seem like basic advice but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t get enough sleep at night. For many people who have gone through or are still struggling with substance abuse, insomnia is a big issue.
If you’re not getting enough rest each night, your body will become more susceptible to illness and disease. Getting the proper amount of rest will make you feel rejuvenated and give your body time to heal from anything that may have happened during your day.
3) Eat More Whole Foods
As you work towards a healthier lifestyle, it’s vital that you focus on what goes into your body. We all know that soda and junk food aren’t good for anyone but many people still have these food items in their pantries.
This New Year, try to cut back on refined or processed foods. Instead of junk food, strive to eat more whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, nuts, etc.
4) Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
Hydrating with water is a very important key to overall health. Many people don’t drink as much water as they should on a daily basis and that can lead to different problems with the body.
Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day. It may seem difficult at first but over time it will become part of your daily routine. In no time, you will see the benefits of this like your skin being more clear, your teeth being whiter, and even having a better mood.
5) Make Time to Stay Active
Set a goal for yourself to get in a little bit of exercise each day. Getting active will help you remain flexible, build muscle, and it’ll also help reduce stress.
You don’t need an expensive gym membership or a costly spin bike to get exercise. What’s important is the commitment to get moving. Maybe you can commit to walking 10 minutes every morning before work, going on an evening run after dinner, or lifting light weights while watching TV.
6) Take Time Out of Your Day for Yourself
In the new year, make a conscious effort to take time for yourself. Whether it’s going on a hike, listening to your favorite song, or practicing yoga, taking the time to do something you enjoy each day is important.
When you take time out of your hectic schedules, you can clear your mind and recharge. This will help you feel healthier and happier throughout your day and hopefully, throughout the year.
7) Be Kind to Yourself
Lastly, it’s important to remember that perfection doesn’t exist in the real world. So don’t expect yourself to be perfect when your mind is still healing from addiction.
Avoid blaming yourself when you make a mistake or when you stumble in your sobriety journey. Try giving yourself a break and remember that recovery is usually full of ups and downs along the way.
Just focus on your recovery. Remind yourself that you can only do the best you can and practice self-love in the process.
Developing Healthy Habits in the New Year
Remember, it’s all about making small steps towards a better YOU. By focusing on one or two key habits each week you can slowly create new patterns in your life that will benefit you for many years to come.
So which healthy habit are you going to focus on this New Year?