It may seem like just yesterday you were ringing in the New Year with friends and family, making resolutions and setting goals for what you want to achieve in 2020. Considering how the landscape has changed during the recent months, it’s likely that you’ve had some time to look back on these potential resolutions. As society is constantly evolving, now is a good time to reflect on your progress and set new (achievable) health goals that might be more realistic considering the new way of life based on your zodiac sign.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Air signs are typically outgoing and communicative by nature and thrive on adventure. If you are an air sign, you might be the first among your friend group to try out a new restaurant or take on a new hobby. Because you are so communicative, you have the uncanny intellectual ability to reason and analyze. Sometimes however, your “zest for life” can overpower your organizational abilities making it easy to lose track of certain responsibilities or to stay on top of tasks. By working on intentional planning and goal setting during these challenging times, you may find the ability to overcome these hurdles.
Health goal 1: Intentional Planning
Intentional planning means taking time to plan for the future now so that you can benefit from your choices later. Being proactive with financial planning helps alleviate stress that may occur from procrastinating. Everyone has different obligations (like families, relationships, social lives, etc) so establish a routine and good habits that fit your lifestyle. Set some goals to put yourself in the best position possible to achieve both financial and mental stability.
It is important to set aside some time to financially plan ahead for the future because there is a direct correlation between having a solid financial plan put in place and improved physical and mental health. Some ways to intentionally plan for the future include:
- Take responsibility for your life by buying life insurance as a way to create a solid foundation when it comes to your finances and health so you can live life to the fullest. What you do now matters—for both you and your loved ones—so get your ducks in a row sooner rather than later. When it comes to intentional planning, this is a surefire way to ensure your family and assets are protected in the case of an unforeseen event.
- Create a new, updated budget to account for recent lifestyle changes. For example, maybe you are getting more delivery food but spending less on child care because your daycare facility may be closed.
- Set financial goals to achieve and find ways to stick to them. For example, if you want to put 20% of income into a savings account, use an app that immediately puts the funds away once you are paid so it is out of sight, out of mind.
Health goal 2: Make your bed every morning
Air signs are fun-loving but because of this, it can be easy to get caught up in adventure and forget to take time to create moments of organization. A simple way to promote stability in your life is by making your bed each morning. Making your bed each morning sets the tone for the entire day and can even lead to better productivity. This can help you stay on track with achieving overall health goals you may have by starting the day on good footing.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Earth signs tend to be rooted in careful planning, reliability and productivity. Your loyalty doesn’t go unnoticed and because of this, you tend to have stability in most aspects of your life such as your relationships and career. Sometimes you find yourself indulging in the finer things that life has to offer. A splurge here and there is not only normal but can be beneficial and rewarding for all of your hard work. However, overindulging can have negative health and financial implications. If you think that you have made a habit out of overspending recently, try to be honest with yourself and determine small changes you can make to get yourself back on track!
Health goal 1: Learn to cook a new meal
Maybe you have noticed that lately you have been getting takeout or delivery more than usual. While it is certainly more convenient, especially given the current landscape, eating takeout all the time is not only expensive but usually less healthy than cooking for yourself. Take some initiative by learning how to cook a new meal you love rather than opting for takeout. Cooking at home is rewarding in many ways and can be a great way to save money and eat healthier. When you prepare food yourself, you tend to add less salt and fat to your dishes than meals you get from restaurants. Starting small by learning new skills can not only help with overspending but help you achieve your health goals.
Health goal 2: Invest in healthy technology
As an earth sign, it can be easy to fall into the trap of overspending, especially with so much more free time at home and online shopping being more accessible than ever. Instead of splurging on a one-time purchase, consider investing in a healthy fitness app. This provides an ongoing, feel-good activity instead of a single purchase.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Just like the name, fire signs have a “fiery” passion that can be difficult to extinguish. As a fire sign, you are ambitious and charismatic and your energy can be contagious. Do you find yourself saying “yes” to almost every task you are asked to perform only to question later on how you are going to finish everything you have committed to? With all of this built up passion, it can be difficult to separate work from play making you more likely to experience burnout and overcommitment. Remember to find ways to focus on your needs so you can be the best version of yourself in all other aspects of your life.
Health goal 1: Set aside some time for self-care
As a fire sign, you are notoriously a hard worker and passionate about your career, making you a great asset at work. If you have been working from home, perhaps you are having a hard time separating your work from your personal life now more than ever. Try to set aside some time for self-care by finding ways to achieve balance between your career and your hobbies so that you can recharge and be your best self.
Additionally, it can be especially hard to prioritize self-care when we live in a world that is so digitally connected so try a “digital detox” by being intentional about turning your phone off at a certain time to focus on you.
Health goal 2: Be mindful of mobility
As the current landscape is constantly shifting, you are now adjusting to living, working and playing at home. If you are working from home, you might have had to find different places and ways to do your work without a physical office space. If you find yourself staying sedentary for the majority of the day, try to find innovative ways to move around. Experts suggest that being inactive for the majority of the day has negative health implications, impacting various aspects of your life. Instead of staying seated when you are working, watching TV and maybe even sitting down to have a Zoom happy hour or book club with your friends or family, try to find ways to prioritize mobility throughout the day while still maintaining social distancing guidelines:
- Take a walk around the neighborhood
- Turn your countertop or table into a standing desk
- Take short breaks throughout the day to move your body
- Find projects to do around the house like painting or yard work
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Of all the elements, water signs tend to be the most intune with emotional energy. Because you are so intuitive and are usually the first to pick up on emotional cues, you tend to nurture your friends before nurturing yourself. Being focused on everyone else’s emotional needs can be draining so don’t forget to make sure your needs are not being neglected in an effort to help others. Since you thrive on building and maintaining relationships, being socially isolated might prove to be very challenging so finding ways to stay connected can help you be the best version of yourself.
Health goal 1: Try out a virtual workout
Social distancing is particularly difficult for water signs so try to find ways to be intentional about mimicking social situations that you are used to as staying connected is imperative to your physical and mental wellbeing. Many gyms and fitness centers are offering virtual classes to help with achieving fitness goals. Trying out a new workout can help you stay on track physically but also fulfill your desire for a sense of community during these uncertain times. Bonus tip: Water signs thrive on harmony so try out a yoga class to help find your inner-calm.
Health goal 2: Increase your water intake
By now you have probably heard about the plethora of health benefits from drinking water. As a water sign, maintaining your inner equilibrium is essential to your wellbeing so finding ways to physically remain balanced is imperative. Water provides many physical advantages that can help you achieve both balance and harmony. Drinking water helps to keep your skin healthy, regulates your body temperature, delivers oxygen throughout the body and so much more! With all of these amazing benefits, it’s easy to see why this is a great (and attainable) goal to set in the upcoming months.
Now that spring has sprung, take some time to reflect on your year thus far. Maybe you want to circle back to the resolutions you set a few months ago and figure out how you can still achieve them this year. Or perhaps because of how the times have changed, you want to set new goals for yourself. Either way, remember that taking small steps each day and considering your individual needs can help you accomplish whatever you set your mind to in your overall health journey!