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The top 10 tips to improve your mental and physical wellbeing

Editorial Feature

Despite most people failing to keep their resolutions, many are planning to make 2022 their healthiest year
yet, according to a poll by YouGov.

Checklist has collaborated with men’s health platform Manual to reveal the top New Year’s resolutions that can be achieved and maintained throughout the year for those looking to become a little bit healthier.

1. Manage stress levels

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When stressed, our bodies produce chemicals – such as corticosteroids, a type of stress hormone – which suppress the functioning of our immune systems. Whilst these chemicals are used for the treatment of conditions such as asthma and arthritis, they reduce the ability of the immune system to do its job.

Keeping a lid on stress – through meditation, mindfulness, or exercise – is an important way to get your immune system working as it should again.

2. Adopt better sleeping habits

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A lack of sleep hampers your ability to fight infection. This is because, during sleep, your immune system
releases proteins known as cytokines, which target hostile germs and microbes.

Simply speaking, if you don’t get enough sleep, you don’t produce enough of these vital infection-fighting chemicals. Generally, seven to nine hours of sleep a night is recommended.

3. Try Veganuary, or eat less meat

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Switching to a plant-based diet can be a great option for those looking to lose weight or those wanting a
healthier lifestyle. Red meats are often high in fats and cholesterol, which can cause weight gain.

A vegetarian diet can also do wonders for your skin as fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants which can prevent ageing. Skin imperfections can also be reduced with a plant-based diet, as red meats and dairy can contribute to acne.

4. Get more exercise

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Exercise can improve many aspects of life, from improving mental health to keeping the heart in good
condition. Recent studies have found that regular exercise can promote the growth of good bacteria in
the gut, reducing inflammation and the risk of inflammatory bowel disease and type-2 diabetes.

If you can, aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, but always consult with your GP before
entering into a new exercise regime.

5. Quit smoking

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No matter what sort of lifestyle improvements you want to achieve health-wise, quitting smoking will
always rank high on the list of priorities for overall health and longevity.

Where poor circulation is concerned, it’s the nicotine found in cigarettes and e-cigarettes that’s the main culprit. Nicotine harms the walls of your arteries while making your blood thicker, meaning it can’t flow as effortlessly around your body.

Quitting can be hard work, but in the end, it’s always worthwhile. Check in with the NHS for a range of services to help you stop the habit, and remember, you’re never too old to stop smoking.

6. Prioritise your mental health 

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Prioritising your mental health can be a great resolution to adopt in 2022. Reaching out to a friend or even a mental health professional can be a great place to start if you feel as though you are struggling.

You can also try practising more mindful exercises such as meditation which can help with stress levels.

7. Cut down on the booze

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Alcohol consumption can have negative impacts on many other aspects of your life, including your mental and
physical health, finances and relationships with other people.

Cutting down on alcohol can lower blood sugar, increase fitness levels and also help with weight loss. Drinking less can mean that you feel happier, more of the time, have increased energy levels and also become more clear-headed.

8. Try a new hobby

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Starting a new hobby can have many different benefits on your well-being. By engaging in a creative hobby you can relieve stress and become more productive in your business life.

By exploring new interests you can also be introduced to new social circles and friendships. This can help you develop new relationships and have more opportunities to relax.

9. Spend less time on social media

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The constant bombardment of perfect lives and ideal body shapes can be demotivating to see on our social media feeds. Scrolling through such content can negatively affect your mood and also be a waste of time.

By cutting down on your screen time, you can improve your productivity, whether at work or so you can spend your free time more constructively.

10. Engage with family more

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It’s easy to get overly caught up with work and social activities, but it’s important to keep in touch with your relatives. Maintaining healthy social relationships with your family will sustain a support network for your mental health.

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