It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas and now we’re right on the verge of springtime. Time has a habit of quickly passing these days, and that can play havoc with any plans that we had to finally make good on some long-awaited New Year’s Resolutions. If you have reached February without getting stuck into those changes that you wanted to make in 2022, do not worry. We all struggle to get ourselves into gear at the start of the year, and there are several reasons for this. The weather is terrible (hitting sub-zero temperatures in January), the days are short, we are back at work. To make matters worse, we often end up setting ourselves unrealistic targets.
So, instead of beating yourself up about all the targets that you have missed at the start of the year, why not think about making some healthier choices instead? We are talking about the kind of choices that are not going to require a drastic change but are rather simple tweaks that can help you feel a whole lot better in yourself. Here are a few tips to living a little healthier in 2022.
Make More Time For You
This one sound simple, doesn’t it? It’s all very well to say that we should all be making more time for ourselves, but when we are snowed under with commitments both professional and personal, it is tricky to see where exactly that time is supposed to come from. If you have been struggling to find those precious hours and minutes in the day, then the first thing that you should do is get yourself organised. Take a look at how you are spending your days and see where you can carve out a little pocket of time. It can be a half hour before bed, or it can be an hour before you clock in for work. But finding that time will help you to feel better.
Look At Your Diet
We all know how things can get around the holiday period. It is the season of self-indulgence, and there is certainly nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and again. The problems come in January and February, when you know that it is time to wean yourself off the sugary and salty snacks and the takeaways, but the outside world is not doing anything to help your resolve. Again, this is where getting organised could help you a lot. Plan your meals at the start of the week and stick to a strict shopping list.
Make sure that you are including lean meat, mineral-rich fish, and plenty of fruit and vegetables. You may also want to consider meal replacement products to help you to lose weight while still getting your essential nutrients. Shake That Weight has a range of different options and diet plans, as well as resources to help you to learn more about key talking points. They can help you to learn more about the Cambridge Diet and help you to understand what your body needs.
Find The Right Exercise Plan
At the start of the year, many of us make big plans for our new fitness regimen. We are going to go to the gym every day, we are going to be running for hours by the end of the month, and we are going to be in the London marathon this year. These goals are achievable if you have enough time and support, not to mention if you are starting from a position of decent physical fitness already. If you have not exercised in a while, setting yourself big goals for the very start of the year is a sure-fire way to end up disappointed.
If you want to be in that marathon in October, you need to find a regimen that works for you this February. Think about how much time you have in the day to dedicate to exercise. Think about what kind of exercise you enjoy doing, and where you can do it. Use a fitness tracker to give yourself some targets and keep track of progress, recruit a buddy if you want some company, and talk to a personal trainer if you want some help on your journey.
Keep An Eye On Your Mental Health
Over the last couple of years, we have all learned a lot about our mental health. We have seen how we can burn out and become isolated, especially over the holiday period, and we have been there to support our friends and loved ones. It is so important that we keep these good habits going in 2022. Don’t wait until spring to make plans to catch up with the people close to you. Keep finding ways to give yourself a break and remember to be kind to yourself if you end up falling short of your goals.