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A Fresh Start: Make 2024 the Year of Self-Care

Holistic Self-Care As the Key to Longevity.

Mia West
January 5, 2024
Medically-reviewed and fact checked by Ryan Lester, PA-C

The “Well” section of the New York Times has become a go-to resource for inspiration and guidance for living a more enriched life. While my initial interest was sparked by their comprehensive coverage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and menopause, I often found myself lingering on the site consuming article after article captivated by the colorful human interest stories and artfully delivered evidence-based health advice. 

The latest series to draw me in is their annual New Year challenge which inspired this blog and reignited my dedication to, well, me. While many of us often tether resolutions to specific objectives—be it in our careers, weight loss, boundaries, travel or rest—the 2024 challenge takes a refreshing approach. By advocating for a holistic perspective on self-care, it encourages us to address not only individual goals but also our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Setting goals that encompass the totality of our being has the potential to energize and invigorate, as well as contribute significantly to our overall longevity.

Prioritize Mental Well-Being

January is an ideal time to declutter the mind and establish positive mental habits. Consider incorporating mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises into your daily routine. For example, the challenge incorporates a five-minute “oasis moment,” which is simply a quick respite from all the noise, both digital and physical. Research shows breaks taken before you experience an energy dip have greater impact. These practices can help alleviate stress, improve focus, and enhance overall mental resilience. Taking time for mental rejuvenation can pave the way for a more balanced and centered life.

Invest in Emotional Connections

Cultivating emotional well-being is a key component of a fulfilling life and a digital detox can be a great way to set a new baseline. Recent research found that cell phone usage was associated with negative effects on both physical and emotional health. Dialing back screen time and using the time to nurture relationships in-person, can significantly improve quality of life. “Social fitness,” according to 85 years worth of Harvard data, shows that positive relationships are the key to a happy, healthier life and help us live longer. 

Commit to Physical Health

January often marks the beginning of diet and fitness resolutions, but before adopting extreme measures, prioritize scheduling an annual physical and the tests recommended for your age, sex and family health history. These are easy to ignore but crucial to help ensure a serious medical issue isn’t overlooked. Once armed with actual health data, tailor your diet and fitness plan to those specific needs. For example, bloodwork may indicate a woman is entering perimenopause so she may want to introduce weight training to her routine. From there, focus on sustainable habits by incorporating activities that also bring you joy and fulfillment. If your healthcare provider suggests moving more and you love to dance, sign up for that hip hop class you’ve been considering. Better yet, find an accountability partner to go with you. The American Society of Training and Development found that people are 65 percent likely to meet a goal after committing to another person, which means you’ll check both the emotional and fitness selfcare boxes.

The Link to Longevity

Scientific studies consistently emphasize the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health with longevity. Chronic stress, poor mental health, and unhealthy lifestyle choices can contribute to various health issues. By investing in your well-being, you're not only enhancing your quality of life but also increasing the likelihood of a longer life with the energy to enjoy it. As January unfolds, seize the opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the year!


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About the Author

Mia West

A former journalist, Mia brings a high energy approach to communications rooted in insights, culture and brand DNA. She is driven by helping brands crystalize their story and foster meaningful, emotional connections with audiences. Over the years she has collaborated with prominent brands such as Petco, Keurig Dr Pepper, Jaguar Land Rover, Revlon, and Procter & Gamble Beauty, as well as many others in the retail, health & wellness, beauty, lifestyle, and sustainability realms. A California native, she lives in San Diego with her family at the beach.

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