Olga Hays, an American Council on Exercise-certified wellness promotion specialist at Sharp HealthCare, shares these four tips to have a happy new year.
- Practice self-compassion
It’s been a difficult year and a holiday season like no other. If you are experiencing sadness and a sense of loss due to isolation or travel restrictions, allow yourself to feel what you are feeling. Let yourself laugh or cry, and give yourself permission to be happy or sad. Be extra kind and gentle to yourself by showing the same understanding and compassion you would to your best friend.
- Find your funny bone
Try not to put too many high expectations on yourself. Learn to laugh at yourself and roll with whatever happens — it may even make for a good story later. Laughter offers many health benefits and is considered one of the best medicines for stress.
- Practice self-care
Make time to do things that bring you happiness. Take a break to unwind and relax. Find something that will reduce your stress, whether it’s exercising, reading a book, practicing mindfulness or enjoying a cup of tea while watching your favorite show.
- Stay connected
It may still be a challenge, but staying connected with the people you love and care about is important. You can virtually socialize with loved ones with a video call, phone call or text message. Checking in weekly with a family member, friend or neighbor can make a positive impact as we work our way out of the pandemic.