My health goals for next year…. what are yours?

‘New year, new you’ becomes a familiar phrase at this time of year.  We’ve designated the 1st January to be the ‘fresh start’, the day your life changes for the better, and a point in time where we can chuck out the old unhelpful gunk in our lives and welcome in all the good stuff.

We can have a fresh start every single morning when we wake up, but there’s something quite special about kicking off the new year with some big goals.

I’ve been reflecting on my own goals recently and I’ve discovered they centre around my health. Running around after two children (one of whom has been sick), breastfeeding around the clock and planning a house move has meant I’ve let my own healthy habits slip, leading to a feeling of exhaustion.

So I’m planning my health goals for next year. I’m trying not to go overboard because we all know unrealistic new year’s resolutions just end in disappointment, so I’m choosing the 3 most important things for me.

1. Improve my energy levels

It’s not surprising this is one of my health goals for next year. But it’s one that is extremely important for me. My kids aren’t going to stop waking up at 6am, or earlier (well not until they’re teenagers at least), so I need to get with the program.

How am I going to achieve my goal?

I’m going to be in bed by 9pm/9.30pm each night. The latest Netflix show can wait.

I’m going to include leafy greens with my breakfast every weekday morning. I usually eat these during the day but I could still get more into my diet. Leafy green vegetables provide lots of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that support energy production.  Adding them to smoothies, having green juices or including them in an omelette are great ways to eat them at breakfast.

I’m going to commit to some cardio intensive exercise 3 times per week either guided or at home doing my own thing. My own exercise regime has lapsed in recent months and I’ve put it down to being too busy with the kids but it’s so important for energy production.

How will I know if I’ve achieved my goal?

I will wake up feeling refreshed at 6am and have energy to play with the kids.

Consider your own energy levels?  Do you experience a 3pm slump?  Do you yawn through meetings?  Having adequate energy is not only important to get us through the day, but it helps our mood, allows us to make good decisions regarding our diet and lifestyles and means we can participate in activities we enjoy. 

2. Improve my skin health

My skin is looking a little lack lustre, it’s a bit dry, it’s a little blotchy and my dark circles just won’t budge. Whilst this might be a result of a lack of sleep thanks to two small children, there are also lots of other reasons my skin isn’t looking as good as it could be.

How am I going achieve my goal?

See the points above regarding improving my energy levels as these all apply to improving skin health. I’m also going to:

Start the day with a big glass of filtered water, followed by a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water. This helps to stimulate the liver and remove waste. Essential for keeping skin clear and healthy. For more tips on how to support your liver click here.

Ensure I’m eating 30grams of fibre a day. Fibre keeps your bowel healthy so it too can remove waste. If we’re not removing waste the toxic build up can leave your skin looking dull and lack lustre.

Take the time to dry skin brush once a week. Dry skin brushing is a great way to stimulate the lymphatic system which is essential for keeping your skin clear.

How will I know if I’ve achieved my goal?

I won’t have dark circles under my eyes, my skin will look clear and it won’t feel dry.

Does your skin look healthy?  Is it dry or itchy?  Do you have eczema or other skin conditions?  Our skin really is an indication of the health of our insides, so we want it looking good.  Not just for appearances but also as a marker of our overall health.  Here are some more tips to improve your skin.

3. Make ‘self-care’ a priority each and every week

Self-care is the new buzz word but definitely needs to be part of my daily routine. Taking some time out for myself (even 5 minutes) gives me the time to recharge so I’ve got the energy, patience and resilience to cope with the various demands of my everyday life.

My self-care routine at the moment is pretty non-existent so I’m going to add these 3 things to my routine:

Consult a naturopath to give my health the time it deserves.  Yes, I see a naturopath, and in doing so, I’m able to prioritise my health.  I get to focus on my diet, my lifestyle and my overall well-being.  My family’s needs come first and often I’m the last item on a long list of tasks, so by consulting a naturopath I get to focus on my needs.  It’s a great feeling.

Instead of switching on the TV, enjoy an hour long guided relaxation and/or meditation of an evening. I’m often just doing my own meditation but it’s so lovely to have someone else guide you. I will aim to do this at least once per week.

Have a massage once a month. I’ve got health insurance that I rarely use (which I’m grateful for of course) so I may as well enjoy a regular massage. It’s a great way to de-stress, relieve tired sore muscles and boost circulation.

How will I know if I’ve achieved my goal?

I will have more patience with my kids, I won’t feel like I’m in dire need of some alone time and I will adapt to stressful situations with ease (or at least find them easier to manage).

Do you need to prioritise self care next year?  Where do you sit on your ‘to do list’?  If you’re way down the list, perhaps you need to book a consultation with a naturopath to focus on you, so you have the energy and motivation to help others. 

So there you have it. The 3 top areas of my health I want to improve next year. Now that it’s written down, I’m accountable for these goals.  Perhaps I won’t be perfect all the time but at least I’ve got something to aim for 90% of the time.  As the saying goes ‘practise makes perfect’.

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