Health Advocate Blog

21 well-being tips for 2021

Improving your health and well-being doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, great accomplishments are the sum of small steps! Start the new year off on the right foot by trying some or all of these ideas.

  1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  2. Schedule a preventive care exam such as an annual physical or well-woman exam.
  3. Each day, eat one more serving of a fruit or vegetable than you normally would.
  4. Add 10 minutes of exercise to your day.
  5. Avoid slouching! Keep your back straight, shoulders back and head up.
  6. Prepare one healthy vegetarian recipe for dinner every week.
  7. Find an activity or hobby that helps boost your mood.
  8. Spend at least 10 minutes on stress-relieving activity.
  9. Aim to go to bed at a time that allows you to sleep for 8 hours five days per week.
  10. Try a new exercise.
  11. Mind your manners by saying “please” and “thank you.”
  12. Use a fitness device, app or pedometer to see to track your activity.
  13. At each meal fill half your plate with fruits and veggies, a quarter whole grains and a quarter protein.
  14. Include three days of resistance or strength-building exercises each week.
  15. Write down three things you are grateful for every day.
  16. Try a new whole grain like quinoa, bulgur, amaranth, millet, sorghum, teff or buckwheat.
  17. Get out into nature at least one day per week.
  18. Designate three evenings each week to be screen-free time.
  19. Every time you put yourself down, compliment yourself twice immediately after.
  20. Do some jumping jacks before starting your favorite TV show.
  21. Drink a glass of water before you eat a meal.