New year resolutions often include singular goals like losing weight, stopping smoking, or starting an exercise routine. But did you know that 80% of new year resolutions fail just a few weeks later by mid-February? Sometimes, resolutions just seem too restrictive or overwhelming to stick with long enough for success.
For some, it might be easier to look at overall wellness, rather than saying, “I’ll never eat sugar again.” Starting with slight changes in behavior can lead to success and a feeling of accomplishment. Some simple steps to take include: walking more, standing up and stretching, avoiding processed foods, limiting portion size, drinking more water, and eating only when you’re hungry.
Stress is a natural response of living life; however, finding ways to reduce stress can lessen its physical and/or emotional health consequences. Learning how to nurture yourself, so that you can be healthy and helpful for others is important. Little steps to start with could include meditating, journaling, listening to music, and ensuring you get enough rest – at least seven hours a night. Remember to turn off electronics 20 – 30 minutes before going to sleep to help you unwind. In our hectic, modern lives, we often try to cram too many activities into our days. Identifying what your priorities are and learning how to say no to activities that aren’t supportive can go a long way to creating a healthy lifestyle and maintaining balance.