With a New Year upon us, it’s the perfect time to start afresh, shed old habits, and implement new ones. But it’s also the hardest time of the year to do that, isn’t it? With the stress of the holiday’s only days behind, getting a healthy start on the New Year can be quite a challenge for many of us. But, take heart. Easing into a healthy year is still starting over. Follow our simple tips on how to make this your healthiest year ever.
Who says January 1st is the hard-and-fast starting line? Be realistic about what you have going on in your life right now. If you start a week later, it won’t matter to anyone, will it? Pick a date in which you are most likely to be free of anything that might get you off on the wrong foot, then write it on your calendar so you can mentally prepare for the starting line.
Be specific in your health goals. Setting vague goals such as “lose weight” or “eat healthier” doesn’t typically stick because there are too many variables that can come into play. Do you want to exercise more? Set a specific goal of how often you will exercise, and for how long. Write this goal down somewhere you will see it daily so you can stay motivated.
Healthy eating and exercise aren’t the only ways to improve your physical health. We all have certain foods we tend to stick with, therefore leaving some nutrients stocked in our bodies while others are lower than they should be. Natural supplements can go a long way to fill in the gaps and make you feel more balanced because—hey—you are more balanced.
The vast majority of New Year’s Resolutions center on our physical health, but there are other areas of life that are just as important to our overall health. Take a look at your lifestyle and inventory what areas of it need the biggest adjustment. Do you need to refresh mentally? Do you want to grow the spiritual side of your life? Sometimes the healthiest thing we can do for ourselves is point areas of our lives in a new direction.
Attitude is the biggest helper in achieving any goal. What if you improved your attitude this year and worked to become a more positive person, with a positive outlook, and positive communication between you and those around you? Could that change your life? Studies show that optimists are healthier overall, manage stress better, and are at a lower risk for stroke.
Yeah, we know you got some really cool technology this Christmas. You’re probably using it right now to read this. But, too much time focused on the online environments we create can lead to unhealthy real-life environments around us. Make a plan to spend time unplugged this year, and use that time to focus on healthier relationships with those you love.
Put Up Your Guard
There’s never been a time in history like ours. We have more access to more information than ever before. While that is an amazing thing, it can also cause serious overload. Protect your mind and what you allow to enter it. Is the latest zombie thriller the best thing for someone with a tendency to have nightmares? Is reading every issue of the popular Hollywood tabloid the best thing for someone who is struggling with self-image? Get to know the areas you struggle in and protect your mind from exposure to things you know won’t serve you well. You have more control than you think.
Making 2014 your healthiest year ever is easier to attain than you think. Consider the ways you’d like to improve your health whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual and then ease yourself into a new way of living that part of your life. Good luck!
Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014