It’s the time of year again when we start anew (hopefully for the better) — making amends with our bad decisions last year. And arguably, our health and fitness took its toll. I mean, just remember all the food you ate last holiday, right?
With that, our health deserves to be improved in the coming seasons. Here are 7 Health Checklist Items for the New Year.
Sleep 7 to 9 Hours a Day
A typical healthy adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day. Sleep is essential for us to function at our best for our freelancing careers. It improves our mental sharpness, alertness, and energy.
On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause multiple complications like obesity, poor job performance, and a miserable quality of life.
Yes, we are busy. But if we can schedule our clients, we should find the time to plan our sleep as well. It’s a simple checklist that will make a great difference.
Improve Mental Health with Mindfulness
Mental health is another aspect that most neglect. It is our overall emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects our productivity and work-life balance. As a freelancer, we may have a better work-life balance, but being detached from constant social interaction can make us lonely.
And not only that, research suggests that it can affect our physical bodies as well — to the likes of depression, cancer, heart disease, and more.
With that, mindfulness can be one of your health checklist for the coming year. It’s becoming aware of what’s happening in your surroundings and what state you are in. It’s something that we can all do, but the busyness of life lets our mind disconnect to the present.
Mindfulness meditation can be a practice you can consider to boost your mindfulness. A study even suggests that it can ease anxiety and mental stress. After all, better mental health can trickle to a better year ahead.
Get a Hobby
There is a saying: “Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative.”
And it is fitting for the coming year. Life is not all about work. Find something that will make your life more exciting — that can be cooking, dancing, or skydiving! It’s up to you. But now is the time to start it!
Freelancers and remote workers may have sedentary lifestyles. I mean, our longest commute is from our beds to our workspaces. We need to sweat it out!
If you don’t have access to a gym, why not make a simple exercise routine in your house. You can use dumbbells, fitness bands, or your body weight for exercising. There are numerous free tutorial videos you can try.
You can also try standing desks! Standing desks are good to normalize your blood sugar after every meal. Although it may not drastically aide weight loss, standing can burn more calories than sitting.
You can also check out these 8 ways to handle a freelancers’ sedentary lifestyle.
Exercise is only half the battle. It’s what we eat that truly dictates our physical wellbeing. As much as possible, it’s time to avoid processed food, foods high in sugar, and high in trans-fat.
It’s time to add some vegetables and fruits in your meals. You can check out this list of 50 foods that are super healthy.
Get Out of the House
Staying at home forever might be tempting for most freelancers. (I’m quite guilty!) But you need to get out of the house.
You are not a vampire! Have yourself some sun! Relish what nature can offer you. Go outside the city. Connect with nature. Find a nearby park.
It provides numerous health benefits, such as reduced stress and better mental health!
Take the Time for Relaxation
As we find more and more opportunities in freelancing, we might not have the time to relax and unwind every now and then. It’s in these moments of our relaxation can we recharge ourselves.
Ironically, we may even be more productive after that much-needed break plus the health benefits!
Have that spa day. Pack your bags. Travel. Enjoy the respite from your daily routine.
New Year, New You as most will say. What’s the use of achieving your financial goals when your body suffers from it? With these 7 health checklist items, you are sure to have a prosperous new year not only for your pockets but also for your physical and mental health.