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Start Your 2020 With These Healthy Habits

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

by Michelle Anne Kam. |

Reflecting back on my 2019, there were certain things I would’ve done differently. I’m sure everyone has some regrets here and there that you wouldn’t want to bring over in 2020. All I can say is, leave the past in the past. If 2019 was a really bad year for you, then take this chance to make it a better one. Of course, there will be certain unexpected events that will occur throughout the year. But don’t let that stop you from maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul!

We all know building certain habits takes time. With the right steps, you are able to build these habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 healthy habits to adopt in 2020:

1. Try to find the silver lining

Now, if you were to be all “well this year is going to suck”, that’s what your 2020 will be like. You are what your mind tells you. If you let your mind decide that your year is going to start off bad, then it will be. Your mind is a powerful thing. Why not have thoughts like “this will be my year. This year is going to be great!” You are in charge of how you feel every day. Let’s say you had a bad day because your tyre punctured. Instead of thinking “why must this happen to me”, you can change your thinking to thoughts like “Thank God it didn’t happen on a highway” or “Luckily nothing happened to me and I’m still alive”.

2. Develop better eating habits.

We're not asking you to go on a diet for weight loss sake and that this would be the typical “I need to start eating healthier!” habit that we all try to convince ourselves to follow every year.

But why is that we are not able to pull through it? Here’s a little tip for you: start small. Don’t start with completely cutting out junk food and rice straight away. Especially those that decide to completely cut out carbs right off the bat. It’s all about finding a balance and finding an eating habit (that means eating on time and not only when you're hungry) that you can follow. Start off by slowly decreasing what you know isn't good for you. Aside from that, maybe set to only eating junk food or fast food once per week. Always try to start small first, and eventually, these small habits will turn into a regular eating habit!

3. Moving your butt!

If you think you only need to go to the gym to exercise - think again! Nowadays, there are so many options for fitness classes other than lifting weights at the gym. You don’t need to go to the gym to exercise or lose weight. You especially don’t need to exercise 6 days a week!

Try to find a sport or group class that you would be willing to go every week! Find a routine that suits your lifestyle. If you can only afford to exercise 3x a week, then stick to it. It’s important to find a routine that YOU will follow and stick to, a routine that you wouldn’t dread maintaining.

4. Create small, realistic goals

Stuck in a rut the past few years? Didn’t manage to fulfil some of your goals in 2019? Totally understandable - we all sometimes set certain goals which we end up not achieving them. Consider starting with small goals that will eventually build up to be long-term goals.

Let's say, if you have a long-term goal of losing weight, of course, you can’t just lose 10kg within a month. So set small goals such as first, you have to come up with a fitness and nutrition plan. And every month, you aim to lose 0.5kg or 1kg by either aiming to exercise x3 a week or limiting soda drinks to only twice a month. Small goals are much easier to achieve and we all know we get a sense of achievement if we are able to fulfil them!

5. Prioritise yourself and practice self-care

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We're not talking about being selfish, we're talking about paying attention to your needs. Day in, day out - we are just getting through the day. Self-care is extremely important because if you don’t take care of yourself, then who will? Rest whenever you feel burned out. Get that few extra hours of sleep if you need it and nourish your soul with reading.

Go out on a date with yourself; a massage to relax your body or just sitting down at a cafe, sipping on your favourite coffee and people watching. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and love yourself. One tip that I want to share with you guys is to always, always find the little things to be grateful for. You’ll end up with a happier mind.

6. Find your purpose

There will always be something that drives us in life. For me, it’s being able to help people out. Being an INFJ, we generally love the idea of inspiring others and helping them through difficult times. Of course, it isn’t easy to find something to live for. Well, you can start by looking at your hobbies and interests.

Take note on what others have said about you such as things that you are good at. Find out your strengths and work on that. You can always learn a new skill as well and who knows, you might be really good at the new skill that you’ve picked up! Life is all about trying everything and just figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t. Explore all your options - and in the long run, you’ll be able to find something that you want to work towards to.

I challenge you, the one reading this, to make 2020 your year and to start with the right mindset.

You may find out more about Michelle on her Instagram too.

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