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Entering the new year with a list of healthy habits that you can adopt is the best way you can start it. From making friends to boosting your sleep, here are 5 healthy habits that will benefit you in the new year. 

Learn something new

One of the ways you can make 2020 a more fulfilling year is by learning something new. It is not only fulfilling but can also be beneficial for your mental health. New research shows that learning a foreign language can cut down one’s risk for age-related cognitive declines such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It has also been shown to help people see the world from different perspectives. Power through 2020 by learning something new such as a foreign language, a musical instrument, or a new skill. Learning something new is a good exercise for your brain. 

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Pay attention to your social life 

A startling study shows a correlation between loneliness and lifespan. The lonelier you are, the higher the risk of a shorter lifespan. So, endeavour to give priority to your social life. Find ways to make new friends and reach out to old ones you’ve not heard from for a while. This is beneficial for your mental health and may help prevent the onset of several diseases.

Limit screen time 

The blue light which emanates from your televisions, mobile devices and computers can have an adverse effect on your health. For instance, blue light from your phone has been found to suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin, thus having a negative impact on sleep. Poor sleep can result in several health problems in the long run. Try to avoid using gadgets that emit blue light before bed and take occasional breaks from them. 

Track your sleep and habits 

Tracking your goals helps you to see the progress you are making, motivates you to accomplish more, and keeps you focused on the goals you’ve set for yourself. This is another great way to have a fulfilling year and can serve as a boost in your mental health. 

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Avoid processed sugar

Sugar has been linked to many diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer, dental cavities, and obesity. The World Health Organisation recommends that you consume a maximum of 6 teaspoons. So, reduce your risks for certain disease in the new year by cutting down on processed sugar and foods that contain it.



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This article was first published on 31st December 2019


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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