Have you already abandoned your New Year’s resolutions? Surveys show that most of us abandon our New Year’s resolutions by the beginning of February. Ouch. We’re only a few weeks in to a new better you, and whammy… New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep (learn why here). But hold on! Don’t give up. Change your mindset!
Think about making small changes rather than huge overhauls. Reframe your failures. Sure, you screwed up. It happens to all of us. Instead of falling down a well of failure, think of your setbacks as opportunities to develop deeper awareness.
This month, we’ll be taking a look at some simple and healthy habits that can improve your 2018. This week we start with five healthy habits you can easily adopt that will help you gain perspective and if you’re lucky, have a little bit more fun:
Sweat Every Day for 15-30 Minutes
Move your body and get your heart beating. Climbs stairs. Shovel snow. Hike. Walk fast. Sweat. Sweating lowers your blood pressure, detoxifies the body, and increases caloric expenditure. And it will make you feel alive. 15 minutes is not a lot of time. Pick a time, pick an activity, and commit to sweating for at least 15 minutes every day for one week. Keep track of how it makes you feel. Do it again.
Get More Sleep
The amount of sleep each of us needs is personal, to be sure. But it is likely that if you live in the US, you probably need more sleep. A recent Gallup pole suggests that 40% of us do not get the recommended amount of sleep. (http://news.gallup.com/poll/166553/less-recommended-amount-sleep.aspx) Go to bed earlier. Stay in bed longer. Increase your sleep time gradually if you must. Use your iPhone and set an alarm for bedtime. Even if you do not fall asleep right away, go to bed and rest. Close your eyes. Dim the lights. Even just 20 more minutes of sleep each day will boost your brain power, improve your ability to cope with stress, and increase your productivity.
Do Not Drink Soda
Your dentist probably told you that drinking soda is bad for your teeth. You know it’s bad for your waistline. Did you know that drinking soda also has far more serious health risks? Drinking soda can diminish kidney function, drinking soda can increase your risk of diabetes. Phosphoric acid in soda interferes with your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Soda dehydrates you. The list goes on and on. Here are 22 reasons why you should quit drinking soda: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/soda-health-risks/. We can recommend and excellent replacement. It comes in four flavors. Each bottle has only 45 calories…drink Blossom Water.
Meditation is easy. Don’t be discouraged by the whole “clear your mind” school of meditation. Clearing your mind might not even be possible. Instead focus on awareness. Check in with your body and your mind. Here is a five-minute meditation that you can do right now, at your desk. The health benefits of meditation are well documented. You can have them all, if you just make it a habit. Think of it as the best self-care. Start with five minutes a day.
Don’t Make Your New Year’s Resolution on the New Year!
Sure. It’s a little late for this one. But next year, give it a go! Don’t make your New Year’s resolutions on the first day of the year. Just don’t do it! The day is too fraught with expectation. You are recovering from the stress of the holidays, you probably did not sleep much the night before, you might be hungover, you might be thinking of the stress of returning to work. Give yourself some comfort. Set up some soothing. Ease yourself into the new year gently and with respect for all you’ve done in 2017.
Celebrate your successes.