For some, that may mean focussing on their mental health, for others, it’s revamping their diet or taking on a new sport.
But beyond the Instagram-approved matcha lattes, 30-day shreds and linen-heavy wellness retreats, it’s often the little changes that are most effective – not the glamorous pursuits that feel more fad than fact.
From the tried and true method of limiting screen time to picking up a new creative hobby, we asked the Mamamia community to share the small things they’ve done to make their lives healthier and happier.
Just in case you needed a little inspiration for 2020.
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1. “Be more aware of what triggers me, and make efforts to avoid these triggers. For me, this is not sleeping enough. This year I realised just how much my mind and body are affected by a continual lack of sleep, so I’m going to actively focus on managing my workload, stress levels and self-discipline to avoid burning myself out. I’m sure I’ll still slip up, but being aware of what self-destructive habits can affect your mental wellbeing certainly helps.” – Amy.
2. “Mine is to call in sick when I’m sick.” – Elise.
3. “Go to the doctor at the beginning of the year! Even if there’s nothing wrong with you, get a full check-up at least once yearly.” – Ella.
4. “I no longer sleep with my phone in my room which keeps me calm and not listening for the ‘ding’ of news or messages, I also don’t check my phone in the AM until after my breakfast.” – Bronte.
5. “Chuck out the scales.” – Talia.
6. “Meditation has really helped me become healthier this year. I spent way too much money on a course so now I force myself to do it to get the money’s worth. I do 20 mins twice a day – but I think even just five minutes can help. It’s made me reassess what’s important, made me much calmer and able to deal with stress more easily.” – Lily.
7. “Everyone underestimates going for a walk every day but it’s literally some of the best exercise you can do. I spoke to a bunch of exercise experts and they said the best exercise you can do is whatever you can do every day. Which for most people is walking.” – Jessie.