With the approaching New Year, you might be ready to jot down your New Year resolutions. If your goal is to improve your life and health, then you must include the following goals to your list:
Improve Your Finances
For the upcoming year, you will want to stick to a budget and start tracking your incoming and outgoing money. The goal is to get financially strong and to stop relying on your paycheck for the rest of your life.
If budgeting, planning, and calculating aren’t your thing, you can opt for professional help for financial planning and get a plan that is aligned with your short-term and long-term goals. However, getting your finances in order, sticking to a budget, building an emergency fund, and reaching your financial goals are mandatory to improve the quality of your life and feel financially secure.
While you are at it, you will also want to keep in mind your golden years and work on establishing the perfect retirement plan. You get the point – when it comes to financial health and independence, you will always want to keep in mind the bigger picture instead of getting swept away by short-term goals and impulse buying to satisfy your dopamine level.
Focus on Your Mental Health
While there is nothing wrong with pushing oneself and testing one’s potential, you will want to avoid getting into the loop of constant productivity as it can take a serious toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health.
That said, for the upcoming year, you will want to prioritize your mental health, which means that you will want to take frequent breaks from the daily rut and practice mindfulness to get rid of the accumulated stress and feel better from the inside out.
There are several relaxation techniques that you can integrate into your daily life to cope with stress healthily. For instance, if you have a deadline approaching and you are stressing out, staring at your screen, without getting much done, then you will want to get up, walk to another room, and get a glass of water.
This simple yet effective strategy will help you to distance yourself from the stress source for some time before you resume and get things done. Other techniques to boost your mental health include knitting, breathing exercises, and going for a walk.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
We don’t understand why sleep hygiene is so underrated, especially amongst people who fall in the age group of the late 20s and early 40s. Sleep isn’t something that you can take for granted, believing that you will catch up on sleep later.
You will want to include the resolution of getting enough sleep every day in your list for 2024. That said, you will want to practice good sleep hygiene as if your life depended on it. We live in a light-deprived society, which is also the primary cause that you struggle with falling asleep at night.
So, here is what you will want to do: turn off all your tech gadgets, including your phone and television, at least one hour before bedtime. You will want to get eight hours of sleep by going to bed early and waking up early the next day.