At Community Access Network, we believe it’s essential to be mentally and physically healthy, and you don’t necessarily need to make radical lifestyle changes to improve your health. A new year is the perfect time to create realistic health goals that allow you to find balance and feel your best.
We’ve compiled a list of achievable health goals to consider making a part of your 2024 resolutions without completely overhauling your day-to-day activities.
Goals for Improving Your Physical Health in 2024
If you’re looking for ways to improve your physical health, try adding a few of the following goals to your 2024 resolutions.
We can’t overstate the importance of staying hydrated — and upping your water intake is one of the most accessible health goals to set. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day can improve your digestion, focus, and more. If you’re struggling to drink water daily, consider investing in a large water bottle marked with encouraging phrases or add some stickers that make you smile. Some people find drinking hot or warm water more enjoyable. You can even infuse your water with fruits for a refreshing, slightly sweet flavor in your H2O.
Incorporating exercise and movement can increase your fitness, boost your mental well-being, and even strengthen your immune system. However, starting a new exercise regimen can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you get going and stay consistent with your fitness goals this year.
Creating a plan for your workouts ahead of time keeps you consistent and puts physical activity at the forefront. You don’t have to exercise for hour-long sessions if that’s not doable for you, and you don’t have to go to the gym to work out — even fifteen minutes of movement a day from home can be hugely beneficial. If you want to start small, set a schedule that has you exercising twice a week. When you’re consistent, you’re more likely to stick with your schedule, and you can always dial up frequency if you find you’re ready for more of a challenge.
The secret to forming lasting fitness habits is choosing physical activities you genuinely enjoy. Examples could be swimming, dancing, yoga, walking, basketball, or going for a hike, all of which can help support your mental and physical well-being. Once you start looking forward to exercising, staying motivated and reaping the rewards from an active lifestyle is easier.
Establish a bedtime routine
Quality sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of enjoying a healthy lifestyle, and one simple thing you can do to improve your sleep is adjust your sleep schedule. A consistent pre-bedtime habit or routine notifies your body that it’s time for rest and enhances sleep quality. Try limiting your screen time an hour before bed and opt instead for calming activities like reading, drawing, or meditating. Most smartphones even have the option to schedule a wind-down routine to gently remind you it’s time to start getting ready for bed.
Eat a balanced diet
It can be challenging to know how to eat well in today’s society that is flooded with information (some good and some bad) about how to eat well. We tend to recommend aiming for variety — incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein, and carbs into your meals when you can. There’s no such thing as a perfect diet, but enjoying foods from each food group can fuel your body with essential nutrients.
Goals for Improving Your Mental Health in 2024
Mental health is just as crucial to your overall wellness and quality of life as physical health. If you want to improve your mental health, try these tips.
Incorporating mindfulness techniques into daily life can help maintain and improve mental health, reduce stress, and boost overall well-being. Deep breathing exercises, mindful eating habits, or a quick body scan meditation require only several minutes of your day yet immensely impact emotional stability. As little as fifteen minutes spent focusing on breathing each day may positively affect your physical and psychological health. Again, most smartphones have available apps to remind you to practice self-care such as mindfulness and deep breathing.
Create a personalized self-care routine
Prioritizing activities that nurture your well-being is essential to creating a balanced life. Taking time for yourself, connecting with family and friends, or engaging in hobbies you love can bring you joy. It is also important to set aside moments just for you so you can focus on how you’re feeling and connect to the present moment.
Increase time spent outside
Taking time to enjoy the outdoors has numerous mental and physical health benefits. Activities enjoyed in nature can provide a considerable boost of positive energy and promote feelings of relaxation. Here in Lynchburg, we’re fortunate to have many parks to explore. Taking a walk downtown is also a great way to spend some time outside while getting in some light exercise.
Seek professional help if needed
If you’ve found your mental health has been a challenge and you’re wondering if it’s time to get a professional opinion, know that you are not alone. There’s nothing shameful or embarrassing about asking for help when needed. Mental health professionals can help you tackle life’s hurdles with confidence. Here at Community Access Network, we do our best to make everyone feel comfortable regardless of their situation. Your mental well-being matters, and we’re here to support you wherever possible.
Contact Us to Get a Jump Start on a Healthy 2024
Kicking off the New Year with a wellness check may be just what you need to make 2024 your healthiest year yet! If you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, contact us today.