7 Tips To Make 2022 Your Year Of Health And Mental Wellbeing

You've heard it before, "New Year, New Me".


While this can promote positive change, will it stick? And is it really necessary?


Are the drastic changes you're making to your life REALLY going to improve your health and mental wellbeing?


Before you make any stretch goals this year, read our 7 tips to make 2022 a year of positive change:




TIP 1: WATCH YOUR MOUTH:


Take the day to focus on your self talk. How do you speak to yourself? At your best and at your worst, how are you communicating to yourself? Is it positive? Or are you objectifying yourself? Our tip is to talk to yourself as you would your best mate on their worst day.



TIP 2: DON'T JUST WONDER, FIND OUT THE TRUTH:


Have you ever just sat and wondered why something hurts? Or why something didn't work the way you intended it to? This could be your health, your training or even a job you had. If you're wondering, you're left clueless. This can be exhausting and actually set you back from achieving your goals. If you don't know something that's effecting you from moving forward, ask someone who might. And ask again, again and again until you understand. Knowledge is power!



TIP 3: EAT MINDFULLY:


Try eating one meal per day without any distractions, no phone, no tv, etc. Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself before you start eating, eat slowly and appreciate every bite, note the taste, textures and flavours as you eat each meal. Notice the foods that make you feel good and the ones that make you feel not so good. Honour your hunger cues and listen to your stomach. Does it feel full? Or is it just right?



TIP 4: BE REAL WITH YOURSELF:


Set realistic expectations for yourself and focus on small, achievable commitments each day. Instead of the never ending to-do list that causes stress and overwhelm. Identify 3 things you want to achieve each day and focus on those only.



TIP 5: TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SCROLL:


When is the last time you went into your "settings" and checked your "daily screen time"? Chances are it's more than 2 hours. 2 hours a day is 14 hours a week. Imagine what you could be doing for your body during that time? Now fair enough if you've got a podcast or audiobook playing while you're out for a walk, but note the apps you spend the most time on and actively aim to reduce by 20% each week until you're under 1 hour per day (at least).



TIP 6: WARM YOURSELF UP TO BECOME MORE OPEN-MINDED:


You've heard of the endorphin/serotonin release related to exercise, pleasure, etc. These hormones help us to feel happy and comfortable. While we're not asking you to exercise and pleasure yourself constantly, we suggest 30-60 minutes of daily movement to release these important neurotransmitters and open up the opportunity to change your mind, be more curious, creative and imaginative.



TIP 7: REASSESS YOUR INNER CIRCLE:


You've heard it before, and we'll say it again - you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. You don't need the negative Nancy hanging around, telling you your goals are unachievable. You need the positive, uplifting, "I got your back" kind of people around you. This is also relevant to the professionals you take advice from so choose wisely!