Healthy Ways to Welcome 2022 Using Simple Actions

Just like that, another year has come and gone. January 2022 is more than just the first month of a new year — it’s a chance to start fresh, rethink your approach to wellness, and find a new sense of purpose.

Instead of setting your sights on major life-changing resolutions, consider making a few simple changes, and focus on the smaller stuff; whether it’s walking more, trying something new in the kitchen, reading, meditating, or practicing generosity. With a little bit of consistent effort and some small steps, you’ll slowly change your lifestyle for the better. Here are a few suggestions to get started. Read the entire prevention article here.

  1. Set realistic goals: Set specific, manageable goals like scheduling three visits to the gym per week or replacing cookies with fruit for dessert.
  2. Get creative in the kitchen: Every week, seek out a new recipe to try; you might spark a newfound love of cooking, on top of increasing your motivation and self-esteem.
  3. Take the stairs: Researchers have found that just 10 minutes of walking stairs was more effective than 50 mg of caffeine (about half a cup of coffee) in helping sleep-deprived women feel more energized.
  4. Crack open a good book: Beyond strengthening your cognitive health, a great novel can actually change your approach to life, enhancing your ability to empathize with others, making you a better friend, neighbor, and loved one.
  5. Meditate more often: We can all benefit from some form of meditation, whether it’s just being more present and mindful in each moment or a daily half-hour practice.
  6. Use your vacation time: Don’t let your vacation time sit unused: it could actually prolong your life. Meditation and vacation time have roughly the same outcome on overall wellbeing.
  7. See the light: Light therapy can be as effective for treating major depressive disorder as antidepressants. Invest in a light therapy lamp or get outside in the morning.
  8. Reimagine your room: Practicing creativity can keep loneliness, disengagement, and even dementia at bay. If you need an extra boost, reconfigure your space to make it more suited to creative pursuits.
  9. Practice generosity: Studies show that people feel just as good when they donate money to a charitable organization as they do when they are given money.