5 Simple (Yet, Healthy) Habits to Start in 2023
This year may have been a bit more trying than most. Perhaps you started your new job at Black Tie Moving and wonder how you’ll manage creating new, healthy habits in 2023. Fret not, we’ve come up with 5 simple (yet healthy) habits to start in 2023.
Let’s get into it!
It’s no surprise that there is a slew of positive benefits exercise has on both your mind and body. If you don’t already have a consistent workout routine, it’s time to consider one for 2023. Don’t get overwhelmed and think this means you have to spend hours at the gym each day. You don’t need to spend a lot of your time exercising to get the healing benefits it provides. Think quality over quantity.
You’ll want to create a workout or exercise routine that you’ll be able to maintain and that you enjoy. If you despise running, then don’t do that! Instead, going on a 20-minute walk can provide you with just what you need. If you enjoy yoga or Pilates, stick with that.
It’s important to keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you. Spend some time evaluating what you enjoy doing that’s physically active. Even if it’s dancing, check out some local studios in your area or get comfortable dancing around your living room. Pick what works for you!
Like physical exercise, you can think of reading as a workout for your brain. Reading is incredibly beneficial to keep your mind up and running. It’s a wonderful healthy habit to start in 2023 if you aren’t already an avid reader.
You can start out slow if you’re not accustomed to spending time hitting the books. A good rule of thumb is to read 10 pages a day. Pick a book that suits you and one that you look forward to diving into.
Self-help or books that are growth-oriented provide even more benefits than fictional books. This will help your brain to absorb new information while promoting some inner healing on your behalf. You can think of it as a mini-therapy session in the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of books to choose from in this genre, so take a look online or at your local bookstore to see what appeals to you!
Journaling it Out
Do you enjoy writing? If not, journaling may not seem like a habit you are eager to start in 2023. Yet, journaling gets a bad reputation from all the writing we had to do in school. This is why it’s important to remember that you aren’t turning anything in for a grade! Write what you want and how much you want.
Journaling is a great way to help manage stress and anxiety. There are many things floating around in our minds up there, and journaling allows you a safe space to let it all out. Writing your thoughts on paper can help give you a sense of clarity.
It also allows you a place to creatively express yourself. In a busy world, we often don’t make time to get creative. You aren’t required to just write about your feelings. Have fun with your journaling – maybe write a poem or a script. The options are truly endless when it comes to your journal. If you struggle to think of what to write, just check out the thousands of journal prompts available online.
Do you look back at 2022 and wonder what happened with your relationships? Maybe you feel as if you didn’t have the chance to connect with those you love the most. In the new year, try and make it a goal to have more quality time with family and friends.
You don’t want to miss out on relationships due to being occupied with work or tasks of the day. Quality time is essential to any relationship that you have. Spend some time looking back at where you feel you lacked in connecting with your loved ones.
In 2023, you can make it a habit to regularly check in with the ones who matter most to you. This doesn’t need to be a daily occurrence, but you should try and aim for at least a couple of times a month depending on the relationship!
Meditating is a wonderful tool to help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. The last couple of years has been a challenging time for us all. This could be a reason that meditation has become more popular in the Western world lately.
Regular meditation offers you a place of safety and clarity in the comfort of your home. A common meditation technique is mindfulness meditation. This practice only requires 5-20 minutes of your time. You simply observe your breath as your eyes are closed. It’s completely normal to have thoughts come in, but while you’re in this state, you observe them and release them more readily.