After everything 2020 has thrown at the world, it’s probably fair to say that a lot of people will need to prioritize their health in 2021 (and beyond). The internet has some great health resources and it’s well worth checking them out. If, however, you’re short on time, here are eight New Year’s health resolutions for 2021 and beyond.
Purge and organize your home medical supplies
Home medical supplies may start out in the bathroom cabinet. Over the course of a year, however, they often wind up all over the place. That includes bags, purses, and pockets. What’s more, some of them will probably have expired. Purge everything which has expired and organize what’s left.
If you have personal medication to take, try organizing it into a 7-day pill box. That way it’s easy to see what you need to take and when. If you need to carry medication with you, then try decanting it into a pill box or other travel container. This keeps it all in one, designated, place so it’s easy to find and easy to double-check what you have and haven’t taken.
Book your medical checkups
You should be having your eyes, ears, and teeth checked regularly. This means that the relevant medical professional can spot problems at an early stage, possibly before you’re even aware of them. Putting off appointments may save you time and money in the short term. Over the long term, however, it can mean bigger problems, more time, and higher costs.
Book your medical checkups at the start of the year. See if you can have an all-around medical with a doctor too. If you can’t, then consider using technology to monitor your own body. This can help you to identify quickly if anything is wrong.
Give up smoking
This one’s so obvious that it’s only really worth a passing mention. If you smoke, you probably already know what harm you’re doing yourself. Make 2021 the year you ask your doctor for advice on quitting.
Switch to silk pillowcases
This may seem like a very odd tip, but it is a genuine one. Silk pillowcases are very gentle on your hair and skin. This means that if you have any issues with either, switching to silk pillowcases can go a long way to dealing with it.
Even if you love going to the gym or exercising outdoors, it’s advisable to have a Plan B. This doesn’t have to be a full home gym. It just has to be a way for you to do some basic cardio and stretches if there’s no other option.
There are a lot of exercises you can do without any special equipment. There is also a decent range of budget-friendly exercise equipment you can use in small spaces. The range is growing all the time, so it’s well worth keeping an eye on what’s on the market. For now, you could look at resistance bands, free weights, balance balls, balance plates, and indoor trampolines.
These are all very affordable, compact, and quiet. If you have a bit more space or budget, you might want to consider stair climbers, rowing machines, and exercise bikes. If you want an exercise bike, it’s usually best to look for a belt-driven one rather than a chain-driven one as they are much quieter.
Purge and organize your kitchen
A lot of your health depends on your diet. Eating out, take outs and ready meals are all fine in moderation. For the most part, however, you generally want to be eating home-cooked meals as much as possible. This is the only way to get total control over what you eat.
The easier it is for you to cook at home, the more likely it is that you’ll do so. This means that you need to organize your kitchen so that it works for you. There are generally three steps to making that happen. Firstly, purge your kitchen of unwanted items, particularly expired food. Secondly, choose the best storage location for what’s left. Thirdly, organize it effectively.
Step three is often the sticking point. Storage tends to be at a premium in kitchens, so items often have to be put in rows and/or stacked (often and). This is why it’s important to think about where each item should go and what organizational solutions could make your life easier. For example, lazy Susan’s are a great way to get easy access to the backs of cabinets.
This isn’t about saving money, although that’s often a handy bonus. It’s about monitoring what you’re putting into your body. As with making your own food, making your own coffee gives you a clear view of what goes into your drink. This isn’t just the caffeine content (although that matters), it’s the fat and the sugar too.
Making your own coffee gives you the opportunity to experiment with it. In particular, you can look for ways to get that “coffee-shop” taste with less fat and sugar. It’ll also be easier to avoid the temptation to pick up a cookie or cake to go with your drink.
Eat whole fruits and vegetables
You don’t have to give up on smoothies and soups, but you should make sure that you eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables as well. At the very least put chunks of them in your juice and your soups. Whole fruits and vegetables are full of fiber. This is very important for your digestion. If possible, eat the skin too as a lot of the best goodness is found in or near the peel.
If you don’t already, you might want to try broadening your diet to include more seeds and nuts along with legumes, sprouts, and seaweed. These all have a range of great health benefits, plus they can really liven up food.