New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy Life

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy Life

The new year can be an exciting time, brimming with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being: Eat better. Exercise three times each week. Drink more water.

Creating these resolutions is easy enough. Sticking to them beyond the month of January, however, is another story.

Whether the new year has you feeling totally inspired or a tad overwhelmed, we have some advice to help you make – and keep – your healthy resolutions for 2021.

Practice mindful eating
Practice mindful eating

These days, it’s common to chow down with your eyes glued to a screen, but eating when you’re distracted leads to overeating. Take time to slow down and pay attention to your food, pausing to put down utensils between bites. When you eat mindfully, it’s easier to notice when you feel full, plus you’re more likely to enjoy the foods you eat.

ALSO, READ Why it is important to eat clean and steps to get started!

Chill out and rest up
Good quality sleep

When it’s time to sleep, it’s time to chill – literally. Knocking the thermostat down to 68 degrees or lower before you tuck into bed can help you sleep better. Darken your room by drawing the curtains or dimming the display on your alarm clock to really get those quality Zs.

SEE Why a night of good sleep is crucial to a good and healthy life.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude
Take some time at the beginning or end of the day to reflect on what you’re grateful for.

Take some time at the beginning or end of the day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. A daily grateful check-in or keeping a gratitude journal is a way to shift your focus and minimize the distorting influence of stress. Reminding ourselves of the small, everyday positive aspects of our lives helps to develop a sense of balance and perspective that can enhance well-being.

Commit to a 30-day fitness challenge
Commit to a 30-day fitness challenge

Pick a fitness activity that’s easy and doesn’t require equipment, and commit to it for 30 days. There are many options to challenge yourself: practicing yoga, taking regular walks, or joining a fitness class. Find what motivates you. Whatever you do, make yourself accountable, or find an accountability partner. Whether your goal is to lose weight, lower cholesterol, or have more energy to play with young ones, you have the power to make a change.

As always, talk with your doctor before beginning your journey to a healthier you.
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