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The new year comes with high hopes and expectations — and pressure. No wonder we often fall short of our ambitious plans and find ourselves repeating familiar routines.

The key to making changes that stick is to take small steps and focus on achievable goals, rather than trying to adopt sweeping transformations.

Whether you’ve made New Year’s resolutions or resolved to not make resolutions, you can still enjoy a healthier, happier year by using these five easy health hacks.

Sleep more

Getting enough rest is crucial to every part of your life. You need sleep to restore your energy, rebuild muscle, heal, and revitalise. Shorting yourself on sleep leads to all sorts of negative side-effects, from weight gain to memory problems. So take advantage of the long winter’s nights and enjoy plenty of healing sleep! And be sure you have the right pillow to help you rest well.

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Drink more

If you’ve been living it up over the holidays, this is traditionally the time to stop drinking. And that’s fine — if it is alcohol, soda or sugary juices. Otherwise, you should increase the amount you drink. Water, infusions, smoothies, tea and even coffee have incredible health benefits and are essential for detoxifying, cleansing and energising the body.

Talk more

Communication and connection are what make us feel most vibrantly alive. Our relationships, professional and personal, rely on communication, yet it is so easy to hide between the lines of email or text messages. Instead of letting your fingers do the talking, pick up the phone or better yet, meet, and speak to people.

Move more

Our bodies and minds need to be engaged and movement is key to maintaining health. It can be so tempting, on these cold winter days, to hibernate on the sofa, but that is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Commit to moving every day, whether it is a swim, jog, yoga class or home practice. When you awaken your muscles, nerves and organs your whole being can function properly, allowing you to be your best self.

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Love more

The ultimate expression of humanity is love. When we give and receive love it transforms us and our experience of the world. This year, no matter what you do or where you go, try to see the world with love. As you focus on the positive and seek the good in everyone you will find more goodness and positive energy in yourself, and that in turn will be reflected back in a virtuous circle.

What is your top tip for a healthy 2020? Share in the comments!