Already Blown Your New Year's Resolution?
Friday, February 8 2013 8:48 AM
Whether you’ve already blown your New Year’s resolution to live healthier, or you’re still on track, the past is the past. Tomorrow is another chance to get back on track.
If meeting your goals seems overwhelming, they probably need to be adjusted for consistent achievability. Sometimes, all you need is a small win to increase your confidence and motivate you to be able to achieve even more significant goals and results.
Here’s my top 10 list of achievable goals. Maybe try just one or two to start. See if it sticks, and go from there. Let me know how it goes!
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods and reduce your intake of food high in fat, sodium and sugar.
- Drink plenty of water. You should drink at least 8–10 glasses of water daily. This helps with digestion, absorption of nutrients and it flushes toxins from your body.
- Get enough sleep. You should try to get 7–8 hours of sleep each night. This will give your body enough time to replenish and rejuvenate itself. Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.
- Try to relax. Build some stress-relieving measures into your life. Meditation, listening to your favorite music, reading a book, taking a bubble bath—whatever it is that calms and relaxes you.
- Get moving. Exercise not only makes you more physically fit, it also boosts your mood and increases your energy. Find something you actually like to do. It could be taking a walk, yoga, riding a bike or taking an exercise class.
- Spend time outdoors. Get outside in the fresh air, daily, if you can. Exposure to fresh air and sunshine is beneficial to your health.
- Connect with others. Spend time with family and friends as often as you can. Social interaction with others is good for your mind, body and soul.
- Stop smoking. It is harmful to your health. Smoking causes heart and lung disease, cancer and premature aging.
- Share a joke. Laughter increases your endorphins, boosts your immune system and relaxes your body.
- Be grateful for what you have. Appreciate the people in your life, your health and your surroundings. Gratitude is good for your soul as well as your health.
By Patti Scholten, RN, BSN
Consultant, Home Health and Hospice
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