New Year, New You!

The new year has just begun, which means you’ve a blank slate ahead of you to make the best of the next 12 months. Are you looking for some resolutions for the new year to better yourself and your health? You might have overindulged a bit over Christmas – all that food, drink and festive treats. It’s time now to get back on track, and we have put together 5 things we recommend you do to be healthy and happy in 2020.

1 – Get Healthy and Get Active

Being active is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. When you’re out and about, take the stairs instead of the lift or the escalator. If you use the bus or public transport, get off a stop or two earlier. Make sure you choose something you enjoy so you’ll stick to it. Or choose a fitness buddy to support you.

2 – Refreshing Yourself For 2020

Water, water, water. Your body is about 60% water so it’s important you drink enough of it. Try to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. Dehydration has negative effects on your health, including dry skin, inability to concentrate and headache. Often our bodies don’t recognise thirst and instead, we think we’re hungry, so drinking a glass of water with your meals can stop you overeating. If you don’t enjoy drinking still water, you can opt for fizzy water or you can add some sugar-free cordial.

3 – New Year New Menu

With todays busy lifestyles someties it can be difficult to find the motivation to cook a healthy meal and some days it’s so tempting to get a takeaway. But takeaways and frozen meals are full of excess sugar, salt and calories. Not only that, but they are more expensive than when you cook at home. If you plan your meals in advance and keep healthy snacks to hand you are more likely to stick to a healthier eating plan.

Change Your Health Direction helps you out with recipies, shopping lists and daily trackers to plan your meals and keep track.

4 – Take Some You Time

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Practicing mindfulness has huge benefits, including reduced stress levels, increased self-control and emotional regulation. A simple way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation can take many forms, but the main thing is to focus your attention to the moment you’re in. Watch the birds outside your window, clear your mind while you’re going for a walk or simply sit still and concentrate on your breathing.

5 – Sleep the Night Away

A bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. On the other hand, nine hours of sleeping like a log can see you springing out of bed feeling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on anything the day might throw at you. But when you’ve got a lot on your mind, getting a good night’s sleep can be easier said than done.

Change Your Health Direction will guide you through tips to getting a great nights sleep as well as herbal remidies to help you drift off.

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy to talk about Change Your Health Direction!