Health New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, yet very difficult to maintain. Although there are several culprits to blame, the majority of setbacks can be attributed to having unrealistic and otherwise vague goals and failing to commit in the long-term. Everyone can change their attitude, but changing our behavior is a whole different ballgame. New clothes and fancy gadgets might be on everyone’s list, but health resolutions are the ones we need to really focus on and make sure we don’t waver too soon in the following year.
Meditation is considered to be one of the most efficient stress-reduction techniques used to clear up the mind from negative feelings and troubling thoughts. Our lives are getting increasingly busy and we can barely afford a couple of days to unwind and relax. For meditation, however, you only need a couple of minutes per day before you start experiencing the benefits, some of which include improved emotional well-being, increased focus and mental capacity with regards to memory retention and recall, improved decision making and problem-solving skills and better emotional intelligence and overall mood. Pick a meditation technique and once you make into a daily habit, you can start increasing the amount of time you spend meditating or simply meditate for as long as you feel comfortable.
Achieving financial stability
Financial stress is a real issue and while mediation might be a good stress-reliever, this is not a problem that can be solved by sitting and taking deep breaths, but by acting on it. Financial stability might take some time to achieve and it would require a lot of planning ahead, patience and willpower, but stressing over your financial status can result in various health issues, including digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, elevated blood pressure, to name a few. Try to avoid shopping on impulse and organize your spending by creating a budget and tracking it.
Improving your diet
Out of all the New Year’s resolutions people make around the world, losing weight is by far the most popular one. That being said, a surprisingly small number of them actually stick to it in the long-term. While there might be many reasons for this, it’s our attitude towards food that’s holding us back the most. Excluding one food group and preferring one over the other simply doesn’t make sense from a dietary standpoint. We live in a world where almost everything we need is easily available, and you can have produce delivered to your door or order your vitamins online to supplement your diet if you find it lacking.
Being more in the now
Living in the digital era means that it’s almost too easy to get lost in the virtual. We’re getting notifications every couple of minutes, whether it’s a work-related e-mail, traffic information and weather details, in-game notifications and instant messages. Being mindful and present in the moment can help you improve your breathing patterns, listen more closely to those around you and handle stressful situations more calmly and rationally. Think about your thoughts and the words you use in your everyday language and strive to be a hopeful, positive influence.
Maintaining social bonds
Lack of social interaction can result in loneliness, negative-self-esteem and the feelings of social anxiety and fear of others. People tend to mistake social interaction for social media and while you might be talking to everyone you know, taping on the phone screen or a laptop keyboard is not the same as human contact. While it may be easy to rely on technology for everything, maintaining social bonds is important for your psychological well-being and good social support is crucial for coping with major life changes and stressful situations.
Personal growth is not something that can be achieved overnight, and we know it. It’s an ongoing process of development and understanding and quite frankly, it’s never easy. This is what makes them worthy of a New Year’s resolution and so difficult to uphold at the same time. We need to set realistic goals and work at them one day at a time and avoid repeating the same resolutions year after year.