With 2020 heading into full swing it’s more important than ever to reaffirm those wellness resolutions and begin to solidify healthy self-care habits into your routines. However, self-care and wellness are more than simply eating healthier and exercising regularly. In fact, there are some surprising things that you can start doing this year that you might not have realized come with powerful benefits. To understand how you can begin your 2020 self-care journey, let’s take a look at the following activities.

Booking a Spa Day and a Chiropracter Visit

Firstly, let’s look at how a trip to the spa can benefit your self-care journey. While you may already associate the image of laying back with cucumbers on your eyes with relaxation and care, there are so many more tangible benefits that you should be aware of.

A trip to the spa lets you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, and regular messages can help you unwind while providing a slew of surprising benefits. They can help improve general blood circulation while stimulating your brain to release more Serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ chemical responsible for boosting mood. Massages can also help relieve discomfort from chronic pain. Coupled with body exfoliating treatments to boost cell regeneration and heat treatments that can contribute to purifying and removing toxins, a spa day is perfect for those who want to start their self-care routines off right. A single spa visit each month can do wonders and give you something nice to look forward to!

Secondly, visiting a chiropractor is something many people only consider when having specific pains or problems; however, across the world, over one million chiropractic adjustments are given each day, and not just for chronic issues. Chiropractic care can help boost immunity and give your body a better chance of fighting off infection naturally. This is because a realigned spine frees up the immune system to fight foreign bodies more readily, as opposed to focusing on a misalignment in the body. Chiropractic care can also improve digestion as the nerves in your spine also control the stomach functions. If the spine is misaligned, the nerves can begin sending improper signals that can result in an excess of acid which can cause gas, heartburn, and acid reflux. Furthermore, chiropractic care can also increase your energy and leave you feeling more alert, as well as improving the way you breathe by correcting any misalignment that could be contributing to symptoms of asthma.

Spa days and chiropractic visits can have surprising benefits when it comes to taking care of yourself in this new year. Regular visits to both can keep you feeling your best allowing you to fully become the best version of yourself in 2020.

Eating Better in 2020

While taking care of your body with massages and chiropractic care is a start, eating healthier is just as — if not more so — important. The old saying, “You are what you eat” is truer than most people would think and in 2020 it’s time to get serious about the types of food you are eating.

Vegetarian and vegan foods are becoming more popular than ever as more people learn of the benefits that cutting down on meat consumption can bring. In fact, 100 million people — 33% of the U.S. population — admit that they’ve begun eating more vegan foods, despite not being strict vegans themselves. While you don’t have to give up animal products altogether, eating a more plant-based diet can bring you some healthy and surprising benefits.

Reducing the amount of meat you consume can reduce your cancer risk by up to 22%, as reported by JAMA Internal Medicine, a U.S. research journal. Lowering meat consumption can also help you lose weight more effectively and manage and lower cholesterol. Eating less meat and more grains, vegetables, and fruit can provide a healthy mix of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that help keep your circulatory system and heart in the best condition possible. Another benefit of lowering meat consumption is that it can actually help you save money. This is because it’s now possible to get healthy vegan options that are both filling and sustainable for the fraction of what it costs for a steak. If you do want to continue consuming meat, consider saving those streaks for only very special occasions.

Diet Alternatives

If you’re looking for a specific diet that reduces meat consumption but want an alternative to strict veganism, you do have additional options. A couple of lesser known variants include:

  • The Pescatarian Diet This diet does away with all meat — red meat and poultry — while still allowing adherents to eat fish and seafood. A diet rich in seafood can have many benefits, diets like the Nordic diet emphasize the consumption of fatty fish as an alternative to other meats as they provide Omega-3 fatty acids which are necessary for a healthy diet. While the pescatarian diet isn’t vegetarian for this reason, dieters do consume a large number of vegetables, grains, tofu, fruits.
  • Flexitarian This diet is sort of what is described above, it includes a mostly vegetarian diet, however with the consumption of red meat, fish, and poultry occasionally. This diet leaves how much meat you consume you to individual dieters and totals can range from once a day, once a week, or just occasionally. While you can eat meat on this diet, many choose free-range or organic products in the place of mass-produced options when possible.
  • Macrobiotic Made popular in Japan, this diet isn’t just about eating a specific group of foods, it also focuses on finding a balance between your lifestyle and your meal choices. Those who follow this diet are encouraged to eat regular meals and take their time chewing thoughtfully. This means listening to your body if you are feeling full and not rushing to finish anything you eat. Adherents of this diet typically eat a mixture of grains, beans, and vegetables with around 40-60% of the diet being organic rice, oats, corn, and barley. 20-30% should be dedicated to vegetables, with Asian vegetables being popular. This makes nori, seaweed, agar, and bok choy popular choices. The remaining 5-10% should be comprised of legumes and beans like tempeh and tofu. Seafood is allowed on this diet, as are locally grown fruits and nuts.

Self Care Through Cosmetic Medical Treatments

You may be thinking that cosmetic treatments are the odd ones out on this list; however, the emphasis should be on what makes a person further become the best versions of themselves. While it’s important to find perfection in your imperfections, you can’t deny the happiness that cosmetic procedures can bring people. One such procedure includes braces and teeth straightening, now made more convenient with products such as Invisalign. Today, more than ever, more adults are seeking treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth.

While treatment times depend, on average traditional braces can be worn for up to two years. Invisalign, on the other hand, can take as little as 12 months, depending on the severity of the misalignment. However, regardless of the length of time, because these aligners are nearly invisible, chances are most people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing them. If you’ve struggled with loving your smile, 2020 could be the year to finally take control and invest in the treatment that will make you happiest.

Other forms of cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and laser hair removal, are likewise options to invest in if you feel they will help you become the version of yourself that you want the world to see.

In this new decade, it’s time to step up your self-care game and work towards taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Remember: you’re not a machine! A semi trailer might be able to carry up to 44,000 pounds, but your limits are human. Taking care of yourself is incredibly important. Regular spa and chiropractor visits can help ease stress and physical discomforts, while also giving you a relaxing break from the everyday grind. Likewise, eating healthier and cutting back on meats this decade can help you maintain a healthier body while also giving you the excuse to find and cook some delicious new recipes. All of this, coupled with taking steps to fix things, like crooked teeth, that might hinder your ability to enjoy your life to the fullest, are all important pieces of the self-care puzzle. If you’re serious about taking better care of yourself in 2020, keep these tips in mind and experience the benefits for yourself.