Today marks the start of Chinese New Year, a time for celebration, progress and reflection.
2020 focuses on the year of the rat, an animal that symbolises the beginning of the 12 year cycle.
As the Chinese New Year approaches, we thought we would run through a few tips and tricks for the year ahead, from self reflection through to resolutions, aims and new hobbies.
People born in the year of the rat are said to be quick, cunning and clever, yet are also known to be quite content at living a quiet and peaceful life, whilst being able to achieve their aspirations and aims.
You don’t have to be born in the year of the rat to acquire these skills, take a look at our guide below for achieving in 2020.
Embrace Your Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most beneficial yet at times the most ignored factors of a healthy and happy life. Not only can a lack of sleep lead towards a litany of health complications, it can also affect our mood and exacerbate conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Sorting a reliable and structured sleep routine for the new year can be a great way to reset your body clock and starting a new routine at the start of a new year will mean that you’re more likely to stick to it.
Think about inspiration. For many, projects and passions are ignited due to inspiration for a certain topic, whether that’s sports, work life or a hobby enjoyed during spare time.
Go back to the film, book or experience that inspired you to start on your journey in order to reignite your drive once more.
Embrace Healthy Food
Cooking healthy food can at times be a confusing venture- with the ever changing opinions in the media of what is good and not so good for us.
A simple way to bring healthy eating into your routine is to follow portion sizes, as recommended on national health sites, make sure that the largest proportion of your meal is made up of vegetables- and that you’re eating a well balanced meal.
Cooking simple dishes, and even meal prepping for the week ahead can be a great way to slip into a healthy routine alongside the stress of work.
A healthy balanced diet leads to a healthy balanced life, opt for delicious, fresh food this year to achieve your goals and aspirations, especially in the year of the rat.
Discover your Goals
Setting yourself goals can be a brilliant way to improve slowly throughout the new year, whilst even getting some friends involved can be great for motivation. Once you’ve discovered what you would like to achieve this new year, set about planning, whether your aim is fitness based, healthy eating centred or hobby orientated.
Remember, resolutions don’t always have to be fitness orientated. A great idea for the new year is to introduce a brand new hobby into your routine.
Learning a new skill can be great for memory ability and brain training, take up a group sport and you could improve your energy levels and communication skills!
Happy Chinese New Year! Embrace the year of the rat by achieving your aims and aspirations this 2020.