The new year is a great time to take stock of your wellness and make changes, if needed. Here are four important areas to consider.

Food and Nutrition
This is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of wellness. What you eat and fuel your body with has a huge impact on your health and wellness. It is a great idea to focus more on balance as well as eating nutritionally sound meals to fuel your body.

If a particular food makes you feel sick or zaps your energy, maybe you want to reduce it and consume something else instead. Think about your favorite healthy foods and add more of those into your diet. Try to get more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as well as plenty of protein and fiber. Track your food if that helps you. Charting it will allow you see patterns that you might otherwise miss if you’re just going by memory.

Exercise and Physical Health
You also want to move your body and get regular exercise without overdoing it. It is easy to burn out on exercise when you’re obsessively strict with yourself. Take small steps and aim for just 15-20 minutes of exercise a few days a week if you’re just starting out. As you get used to it and your body becomes stronger, you can increase the time, type of workouts, or number of days you exercise. As with anything, start small and build up as your body and mind get used to moving your body in new ways.

Mental Health
Don’t forget about your mental and emotional health. Get an idea of where your mental health is at this moment, using a journal or seeing a mental health professional. Make simple changes to your habits that will encourage you to pay more attention to your mental health, such as talking to your support system more often, reducing screen time if it causes you stress, and writing in a journal.

Behaviors and Habits
Wellness is also about your behaviors, routines, and habits. These habits make up your entire life and encompass all of your choices, both good and bad. If you can look at your behaviors and habits, you will understand where to make changes in your routine and how it can help your health and wellness.