A new year provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months, to be appreciative for who and what we have in our lives, and to think about what changes we can make to live a happier, healthier life, one in which we feel more fulfilled. New Year’s resolutions, a promise a person makes to him or herself to do an act of self-improvement starting on the first of January, are meant to make the new year more manageable, less demanding and more enjoyable. Here are a few things to consider when you are making your resolutions.
- Before making any health-related resolutions, change your outlook on health and see it as an everyday process rather than all-or-nothing. Start by making small, positive changes, such as drinking a glass of water instead of a soda with lunch to reach your goal of living a healthier life and achieving optimal health.
- Are your trying to lose weight for personal or health reasons? Try eating your meals on smaller dishes to better control your portions rather than cutting out all unhealthy food options. Studies show that smaller plates and bowls curb overeating and promote weight loss.
- Tell someone if you’re feeling down or restless. About 1 in 5 older adults suffer from depression or anxiety. It’s hard to think about ways in which you can improve your overall wellbeing when you are combating these diseases.
- Take time for yourself. Instead of making a resolution to deal with an issue that you’re not ready to address, take a step back and plan to do something you’ll enjoy instead. Not all of your resolutions need to be focused on self improvement.
Whether you’re planning on trying a new type of exercise like spin or Zumba, living an active, healthy lifestyle is something you should try to do all year round. Have any tips for New Year’s resolutions that we didn’t mention? Share them with us on our Facebook page!