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10 Wellness Tips You Need Right Now

Start the new year on the right note.

By Olivia Lim      4 January 2021

We’ve all weathered a tough year. Be it at work, in relationships, in our family life and social circles, we’ve all taken a beating, whether we realise it or not. Start the new year afresh by following these steps for better social, mental and physical wellness.

1. Exercise and Eat Well

Treat your body right and your mind will benefit. Stress and anxiety can be reduced with regular exercise. Working out releases chemicals in the brain that improve your mood and cognition, too. Both exercise and proper nutrition are also known to curb cravings.

2. Accept Yourself

The only person who can change your life is you. To create that change, you have to like yourself. There will be times in your life where you will face rejection, and there will be people who will not like you or your choices. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks or whether you are doing the right thing. Accepting who you are and loving yourself helps you to move forward in your life.

3. Purge Your Bad Habits

Now is a great time to sit back and reflect on what you’re doing that’s holding you back from living a better, happier life. It may be something obvious, like smoking or drinking, or it may be something more subtle, like binge-watching Netflix every night instead of getting enough sleep. Commit to change and replace the pattern with something healthier.

4. Experience the Joy of Learning

Learning new skills helps us to be more adaptable in new situations. It also encourages us to be more creative and innovative in our thinking, thus preparing us better for unpredictable situations. Each time you learn something new, you gain more knowledge, and with more knowledge comes more confidence.

5. Prioritise Leisure Time

Life is full of demands, but if you don’t take a second to relax you’ll burn out. Listen to music or write a poem, knit a scarf or code an app. Whatever it is you like to do, be sure to dedicate at least 10 minutes a day to it. It’ll give your mind a chance to rest and let your creativity flow.

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