Mental health affects how we act, feel, and think, ultimately determining how we handle stress, make life decisions, and relate to and connect with the world around us. We want to encourage people to be proactive in their wellness and aim to be healthier throughout the year with intention and purpose.
To inspire a healthier, more proactive life in 2020, incorporate wellness into your New Year’s resolution with our list of natural health and wellness goals that are guaranteed to help you on the path to living a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t be afraid to take a break when you need it in 2020.
In today’s modern age, we are expected to go faster, work harder, and do more. We’re told that the more we do and the harder we work, the more successful we will be. The truth is: Slowing down can be the difference between success and failure.
Taking a step back from the work can create a deeper sense of fulfillment in the present moment, providing clarity on where we’re going and where we’ve been. It also gives us the space we need to make smarter and superior decisions and live a life that’s full of wonder.
As Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” In essence, life is about creating meaning and one way to do that is to find ways to better the lives of people around you.
Whether it’s your family, friends, neighbors, or complete strangers, giving back builds gratitude and creates an improved community that benefits everyone around you.
Studies also show that an act of altruism or selfless service is connected to positive physical and mental effects, like lower blood pressure, less depression, and even a longer life span.
Stay connected in real life
According to Mental Health America, a key difference between very happy people and less happy people was the prioritization of good relationships.
This year, take some time to unplug from technology and social media and reach out to friends and family that you haven’t connected with in a while. Make connections with others a priority and actively seek out opportunities to grow your relationships and watch how your mental health grows.
Get more sleep
A good night’s sleep can make a vast difference in your mental health. When you are running on little sleep, your memory fades, your brain has a harder time processing emotions, and your motivation levels are likely lower.
Give yourself the best head start you can by getting a good night’s sleep. To help support better sleep, try avoiding screen time before bed, stick to a routine, exercise, or use sleep aids like eye masks, sound machines, or melatonin.
Try mindful breathing
Your breath is a powerful tool that helps improve focus, clarity, and connectivity. The most basic way to practice mindful breathing is to simply just focus your attention on each inhale and exhale. As the foundation of meditation, mindful breathing is an age-old way of harnessing the power of breath to focus the mind.
By practicing focused, intentional breathing, you can immediately slow down your heart rate, calm your thoughts, and regulate your autonomic nervous system—helping to direct your thoughts to something that you want to give your full attention.
The Mayo Clinic found that a daily gratitude practice has been shown to significantly increase happiness and physical health, improve sleep and immunity, and decreasing the risk of disease.
Gratitude allows us to see the good in every situation and gives us the freedom to focus on the present moment. Seeking out positive thoughts and actions regularly is a great way to make your world and 2020 a bit brighter every single day.
Learn something new
It can be intimidating trying new things. But evidence has shown time and time again that education and learning is one of the most important factors in health and longevity, no matter what the activity is.
Learning something new can not only help our brain grow stronger and fight off diseases like dementia, but it’s also a great way to connect with others who share similar interests. It can also lead to greater career opportunities, new friendships, and overall higher levels of happiness.
Who knows, you might end up loving what you learn.
This decade, we encourage you to think outside the box when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and do something that benefits your mental and physical health. If you seek targeted relief or want to learn more about how CBD can help you achieve your wellness goals, visit us at our store in Kansas City.