Ways to Improve Your Lifestyle This New Year
02 January, 2019
It’s a new year, a fresh start and a new, improved you. From giving up smoking to cutting down on calories, getting more exercise and socialising with friends, the new year is the perfect time to make important changes to our lifestyle to become healthier, fitter and happier.
If you’re determined to adopt healthier habits and improve your physical and mental wellbeing in 2019, check out the following ways to improve your lifestyle this new year.
Get More Exercise
Getting regular exercise brings a myriad of benefits to our health, both physically and mentally. Frequently working out can reduce your risk of contracting major illnesses, such as stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
It can reduce your chances of getting cancer by as much as 50% and lower the chance of dying prematurely by up to 30%.
Research also shows that regular exercise can boost mood and self-esteem and improve our energy levels and quality of sleep, while reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
It is recommended that the average adult should do between 75 and 150 minutes of exercise each week, which can be either moderate intensity workouts like walking, cycling, and jogging, or more intense exercise like running, aerobics or swimming.
Making regular exercise part of your weekly activities would be one of the most effective ways to improve your lifestyle in 2019.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will have immediate benefits to your health. A healthy diet includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, plenty of wholegrains, good fats and lean proteins.
Having a healthy diet with less fat and sugar can also help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, which can help reduce your chances of developing a number of conditions, including heart disease, certain cancers, and poor bone density.
Reconnect with Old Friends
Friendship can have a significant impact on your wellbeing, happiness, and health. One quick, easy and effective way to improve your lifestyle and wellbeing this year is to make an effort to reconnect with old friends.
Reconnecting with old friends can result in you reminiscing and celebrating the old times, providing support during bad times, preventing loneliness and getting out and socialising more, all of which has beneficial effects on your lifestyle and wellbeing.
Thanks to modern digital communication methods, it’s not difficult to find and reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. Use social media and platforms designed to find old friends and connections to reconnect with individuals who once meant a lot to you, so you can rekindle old friendships and make improvements to your lifestyle and wellbeing in the process.
Make Those Home Renovations You’ve Always Dreamt Of
Making improvements to your home can bring a multitude of benefits to your lifestyle. It might be ripping out an old kitchen and replacing it with a more stylish, contemporary model, painting a living room in a brighter, more energising colour, or converting an old attic into a desirable liveable space.
No matter how big or small the renovations you make on your home are, they can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, providing you with more space in your property and living in a more inviting, appealing home.
Research also shows that making home improvements can boost your wellbeing and health. With the cold, wet and dreary winter weather showing little sign of abating, living in a warm, cosy and pleasant home can mean you’re less prone to contracting seasonal conditions like colds and flu.
Living in an appealing and inviting domestic space can also improve mental health, lifting your spirits and making you less at risk from depression, stress and low self-esteem.
Finance for Home Improvements for a Better Lifestyle
Naturally, making home improvements like a new kitchen, an upgraded bathroom or an attic conversion costs money.
Before making improvements to your home you should consider your budget and what you can realistically afford. It might be that you need a quick cash injection to help fund the project and pay for materials, builder’s fees and other costs associated with the project.
Taking out no credit check loans can be one way to secure the funds you need to make those home improvements you’ve been wanting to make for years and, by doing so, make improvements to your lifestyle and enhance your wellbeing.
Get a New Job
If you’re not happy in your current job or feel like you’re stuck in a rut and aren’t appreciated, challenged and don’t have adequate career prospects, getting a new job could significantly improve your lifestyle this year.
Starting a new job means you embark on a fresh and exciting new chapter in your life. You are likely to make new acquaintances through colleagues and customers and enjoy carrying out new projects at work rather than doing the same tasks you’ve been doing for years.
Start a New Hobby
Another way to help improve your lifestyle this new year is to start a new hobby. Instead of plodding on with the same routine week in and week out, spending time doing something that you enjoy can have multiple advantages to your health and wellbeing.
It might be joining a sailing club and learning how to sail, starting a book club in your local community, or regularly running with an athletics club. Starting a new hobby will mean you get out of the house, meet new people and reap the physical, mental and lifestyle benefits of embarking on an enjoyable activity.
If you’re serious about improving your lifestyle this year, you might want to think about starting meditation. You don’t have to be religious to practice the art of meditating and reap the benefits and rewards of meditation, including easing psychological stress, depression, and anxiety and boosting your overall happiness and wellbeing.
Simply find a quiet place to sit, close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. Meditation is all about being in the present and forgetting tomorrow’s meeting or yesterday’s mishaps.