In what ways have you been successful thus far in keeping your New Year’s resolutions?
For the sake of our health and vitality as we pursue our ideal lives, it’s important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally.
All those who accomplish great things have one thing in common: they have goals. They’re not content with where they are and constantly push themselves to find new, exciting opportunities. They are moving in the right direction because both their short-term and long-term objectives are well-aligned.
In order to help us get where we need to go, we can take the following relatively easy steps:
1.Make sleep a top priority. Do your best to cut back significantly on caffeine and try going without sugar, processed foods, and alcohol for a set amount of time to see if this helps. If it has been a while, you may want to consider getting a new mattress and pillow. Better sleep leads to a more productive day, which in turn leads to a more restful night’s sleep because you feel refreshed in the morning and motivated to exercise.
2. There’s no getting around the fact that we operate at our peak when we fuel our bodies with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, nuts, seeds, and lean meats, fish, and seafood. As a group, we’re more presentable now. Our power supply is superior. Indeed, the cost justifies the benefit. Replace sugary sodas and energy drinks with water and herbal teas. Try to eat a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Pate made from organic chicken liver is full of iron and other nutrients that help keep your mind sharp. As the cost of even the most fundamental whole foods continues to rise, growing even a small amount of your own produce in raised beds or containers may seem like a better option than ever. Snacking on raw vegetables is a healthy alternative, and adding greens like zucchini and spinach to smoothies is a great way to get more of these vegetables into your diet.
3. Movement is essential for both mental and physical health. Start with a few easy strolls around the block and work your way up to longer distances. Consistent research has shown that both high-intensity exercise and restorative practises like yoga improve health outcomes and pose challenges to the mind and body. A pedometer or watch that displays your daily step count can serve as a useful accountability device. On a daily basis, try to get in at least 10,000 steps.
4. Mindfulness — in a world where constant stimulation from electronic devices can be overwhelming, it’s important to find time each day for reflection and relaxation. It could be drinking herbal tea in the morning while watching the sunrise from the comfort of your own home, using a guided meditation app like Smiling Mind while waiting for school pick-up, or simply going for a walk without any external distractions.
5. Negative self-talk. What you tell yourself has a direct effect on your health. Sometimes we just need to be told, “You’ve got this” or “Just keep going.”
6. Be in the company of positive influences. According to studies, we tend to develop personality traits similar to those of the five people we spend the most time with. Quickly assess whether or not you are surrounding yourself with positive influences.
7. Give thanks. That which is beautiful surrounds us at all times.
8. What we do routinely, our habits, determines our destiny. Making adjustments is necessary if we hope to see progress. The practise of “habit stacking,” in which one adds a new routine to an existing one, can be helpful. For instance, if you have trouble remembering to drink enough water throughout the day, you could make it a habit to drink a large glass of water right after using the restroom.