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Why 2019 Will Be Your Healthiest Year Yet

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Make 2019 your healthiest year yet by focusing on self-care with these helpful tips.

If there was a specific New Year’s resolution that was almost guaranteed to change your life for the better, would you make it?

While choosing to lose a little weight, become more active, or give up a bad habit are all great resolutions, one of the healthiest resolutions you can make is to commit to your self-care.

Whether we notice them or not, we’re constantly bombarded by external forces that can have negative impacts on our minds and bodies. A neverending news cycle, workplace deadlines, to-do lists, and everyday anxieties can create so much stress that we forget to take time out to decompress.

Prioritizing your well-being can have a lasting impact on your health. Here’s why — and how — to make 2019 the year of YOU.

Small Changes With a Big Impact

Give yourself room to breathe. Self-care can take many forms. Setting aside a few minutes each day to relax, breathe, and meditate (especially when you’re feeling anxious or stressed) can help you better understand your emotions.

Eat to feel good and make time for exercise. Self-care can also mean changing your eating habits so that your body feels better. Swapping out processed foods, eating more vegetables, adding probiotics and prebiotics into your diet, and getting regular exercise are all great ways to be kind to your body. One easy way to add prebiotics to your diet is to mix taste-free, 100 percent natural Benefiber into a glass of water. You’ll be supporting good bacteria in your gut — which aids in digestion, as well as increasing your daily fiber intake.

Set boundaries. Whether you have a full-time job or you’re a stay-at-home parent, protecting your schedule can have a big impact on your health. Make time for the things that matter, prioritize your tasks, and feel free to say no or delegate. It’s okay to be busy, but it’s also important to set boundaries. Even small things, like not checking your email outside of work, can help you feel more balanced.

The Importance of Self-Care

It prevents you from feeling burnt out. Taking time to communicate with yourself and giving yourself room to feel your emotions can help you become better equipped at asking for help and saying “No” when necessary.

It helps you feel less anxious. From the endorphins released during physical exercise to giving yourself space and time to relax by separating your work and home life, self-care sets you up to feel more in control of your day-to-day.

It helps your body flourish. Anxiety can have physical impacts; that feeling you get when your stomach is in knots can actually affect your digestive system, as well as your mental health. Reducing anxiety-inducing situations in your life, and acknowledging your feelings when anxiety rears its head, can have real physical benefits.

At the end of the day, the goal with self-care is to know yourself better, because by knowing yourself, you can better learn to love yourself. Is there any resolution more worthwhile than that?