Become a Healthier, Happier You in the New Year
Make your New Year's resolution a success. Embark on the pursuit of health and happiness to reach your goal with these New Year wellness tips!
New Year Wellness Tips
It is important to establish and prioritize goals important to you and construct a game plan aligning with them. Goals should also be SMART, or specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Though you may be anxious to tackle large goals, starting small has shown to lead to more long-term and sustainable results.
Re-adapt as Needed
Despite a well-executed game plan, goals should be readapted as needed. And no, doing so does not insinuate any sort of failure on your end, but rather the opportunity to reassess goals, monitor behaviors, and celebrate accomplishments you have already made and future ones to come!
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
With busy schedules and responsibilities falling in your lap, life can be chaotic and stressful. But rather than becoming hostile, upset, or agitated, don't sweat the small stuff! Eliminate, anticipate, and prepare for the factors that trigger behavior and start recognizing which situations you do or do not have control over, allowing uncontrollable circumstances to roll off your shoulders.
No, healthy eating is not limited to chicken and broccoli... In fact, a restrictive and rigid diet can cause feelings of deprivation and increase the risk of uncontrollable binges and negative relationships to food. That being said, it is important to honor cravings and allow yourself a piece of cake at a birthday party, but doing so in moderation. Ultimately, a well-balanced diet can improve energy levels and mood, particularly when whole grains, colorful produce, lean and plant-based proteins, and healthy fats comprise your daily intake.
One of the most valuable ways to support both physical and mental health is by keeping active. Though both aerobic exercise and strength training are encouraged, there are other ways to enjoy physical activity beyond the gym. From hiking outside in nature to simply taking the steps over the elevator, the importance is not necessarily how you choose to be active, just that you are.
Allow Rest Time
While it might seem contradictory to the notion of keeping active, allowing rest time is equally as important. Achieving consistent and adequate sleep is critical for fighting cravings, regulating metabolism, and boosting mood and energy levels. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep on a nightly basis for a happy and healthy new year!
Involve Family and Friends
Though implementing healthy practices lies in your own hands, family and friends can stand as your supportive backbone. Support from others can not only be an extremely powerful motivator, but poses the opportunity to encourage their own healthier and happier journey. Increase involvement by inviting family over for a healthy dinner, bringing a buddy to the gym, or simply calling for advice or a listening ear.
Volunteering can have a renowned impact on your health, along with a positive impact on your community. Regular volunteering can help reduce stress, build relationships, and surface and instill new skills. Extend a helping hand by sorting clothing at a donation center, serving meals at a senior service, walking dogs at a dog shelter, or other opportunities that are local to your area.
Despite the gratification felt when serving others, it is okay to be selfish from time-to-time this new year, as treating yourself is one of the most successful strategies to keep motivated and consistent with your progress. So if working hard in the gym, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or those tennis shoes you have been eyeing. Or if aiming to prepare more meals at home, purchase that crockpot you have been holding off on. But rewards are not designated to monetary value, and can even be as simple and humbling as allowing 30 minutes of "you" time each day.
Live in The Moment
As cliché as it may sound, live in the moment! Allow yourself to be present in day-to-day tasks and activities, trying to dismiss negative feelings and find the positive in all situations. Waking up and ending the day thankful can also boost a greater sense of wellbeing in the New Year!