10 Healthy Habits To Start In 2020
With 2020 on the way, we all start thinking about our plans for the future. A whole new year arrives with plenty of possibilities to try new things.
This includes healthy habits to start.
For a little inspiration, here come ten ideas for a healthier you.
Seriously, 10 healthy habits to start and 2020 will rock.
1. Self-Care Apps
Not sure how to prioritize your self-care? There’s an app for that! One great self-care app to try is called ‘Shine’.
It’s all about self-improvement, and the content is divided into different topics from improving sleep to productivity or mindfulness.
You’ll receive daily texts to motivate you along the way. The app also encourages you to reflect on the things you are grateful for in your life.
‘The Fabulous’ is another neat self-care app that takes you through guided topics. From feeling more energized to learning to improve concentration.
To work on your self-development in 2020, these could be well worth a go.
Aromatherapy does wonders for relaxation and easing stress. Buy yourself a range of essential oils and get going!
Each oil has different properties, which you’ll learn along the way.
To feel more positive try ylang-ylang oil. For easing anxiety, try rose or jasmine oil. During those times when your immune system needs a boost, tea-tree oil or niaouli can help.
Inhaling essential oils is a wonderfully therapeutic practice that’s best achieved in a quiet space by yourself.
Some prefer to add the oils to a bath or to apply them to the skin. When applying essential oil directly to the skin, always dilute with a carrier oil to avoid irritation.
3. Technology Detox
Technology has brought much positivity to our society, yet many of us have become overly dependent.
Spending too much time on laptops, phones and social media can have adverse effects on both our physical and mental health.
Of course, it’s difficult to avoid tech entirely, but there are a few things that you can do to cut back.
Allocate yourself ‘phone-free’ time each day where you switch off and do something calming.
Perhaps take a few apps off your phone temporarily to help you stick to this.
4. Book Club Subscription
Reading is an amazing pastime for our cognitive health and wellbeing; avid readers constantly learn new things and get inspired. I know I do!
A lifelong process of learning is beneficial for our personal development, work-life and personal life too.
A good book club subscription can help you to ensure that you are reading something new all the time.
One example is ‘Feminist Book Club’ which is a monthly subscription box that offers you a book plus a unique product from a female entrepreneur.
The organization donates 5% of the profits to a feminist organization, and there are virtual platforms to discuss the books.
5. Cold Showers
Switching a few of your hot showers for cold ones arrives with plenty of health benefits. Firstly, studies have linked regular cold showers to improved immunity.
Coldwater works to increase the number of white blood cells in the body, which helps to ward off disease.
Cold showers also help to improve your circulation, which contributes to improved cardiovascular health.
What’s more, over time, you could stand to improve your resilience to stress.
6. Bike to work
To help the planet and get more exercise, cycle to work schemes are gaining popularity.
When the weather is cold and dark, biking to work can take a little motivation! Yet, once you get into the swing of things, it becomes a whole lot easier.
Regular cycling arrives with many health benefits to motivate you, from improved muscle strength and flexibility to weight loss.
Of course, there are plenty of places to ride other than to work. Owning a bike could also get you into some nice healthy habits on the weekends.
The practice of journal writing is a great way to boost your wellness. Some people like to use a journal to record positive memories.
Then others like to use one to write down difficult feelings. The choice is entirely up to you, depending on your current situation.
For life and career goals, journals can be a great place to write down goals and break them into short-term steps or tasks.
Overall, it’s a nice way to organize your thoughts, your life, and to keep track of your mood and wellbeing.
You can also find journaling apps, which often arrive with a range of handy features.
8. Try a Teatox
A teatox (or a tea-detox) is a fabulous way to supercharge your health. It basically involves drinking a huge amount of herbal tea while eating well and exercising!
Some people prefer to fast for a day or two while they complete a teatox; however, you don’t need to fast to reap the benefits of herbal tea.
Green tea is a great one to try because it’s literally one of the healthiest drinks out there.
It’s packed with natural antioxidants which can ward of free radicals and protect your cells.
If you’re looking to lose weight, green tea is also an excellent fat burning supplement.
Start yourself on around 3-4 cups of green tea a day, and you’ll soon be feeling amazing in no time.
Have you ever noticed that when your home is a mess you just can’t focus? Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve had a declutter of your belongings?
When our homes are cluttered and chaotic, we become unmotivated, lethargic and stressed.
In the new year, make it your mission to get rid of your old and unwanted belongings.
Box up the things you don’t use and take them to the charity store. If you prefer, sell them on to make a little extra cash.
Once everything looks neat and tidy, you’ll start to feel more calm and relaxed in your space.
10. Natural Products
Prioritizing the use of natural products is one easy way to improve your health fast. In 2020, from your hair-care to your cleaning products- ditch the toxins and go natural.
Coconut oil is an excellent natural conditioner, while avocado can serve as a great makeshift- moisturizer.
Dr Brite Naturals offer a great range of natural toothpastes that work wonders. When it comes to cleaning your home, brands like Ecover offer some quality products made from plant-based ingredients.
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If you prefer, you can always use DIY solutions like vinegar and baking soda.
With a few of these habits on the go, you’ll be sure to start 2020 off feeling fabulous.
are you starting any healthy habits to start in 2020?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.