It is that time of the year when the parties and celebrations are over. You can hear people discussing new year resolutions. Resolutions for good health are most popular amongst everyone.
Resolutions are a great way to stay committed to your goals of good health. However consistency is the key. Many resolutions fail by the second month of the year. Inadequate planning, vague resolutions, unrealistic goals are some reasons for this failure.
Studies suggest that the reason most people fail to stick to our New Year’s resolutions has nothing to do with their willpower. Rather, it is because people neglect to think through how they plan to achieve their goals. Let us pledge to live 2018 keeping health as utmost priority.
Listing down some tips to boost your health in the new year :
1. Sleep more Commit eight hours to sound sleep. Proper shuteye is linked to better mental health and a lower risk for physical health conditions.
2. Cut back on sugar It’s a difficult task but the benefits are life changing.
3. Limit sodium intake Dietary guidelines recommend consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams per day. Too much sodium is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and more.
4. Start meditating The benefits of a meditation practice are boundless, from improved mental health to better concentration to a lower risk for disease.
5. Cut back on social media Research shows that constant scrolling through a newsfeed can lead to social comparison, or the need to stack your life up against someone else’s. This can then lead to depressive symptoms. Take a step back and use social media cautiously.
6. Cut back on social media Research shows that constant scrolling through a newsfeed can lead to social comparison, or the need to stack your life up against someone else’s. This can then lead to depressive symptoms. Take a step back and use social media cautiously.
7. Give up on sodas It does nothing good to your health. Quit having all aerated drinks.
8. Volunteer regularly Donating your time to people or an organization in need can do a world of good. Research shows volunteering can improve your health.
9. Drink more water Forget what you were told about drinking eight glasses a day and aim for hydration instead. Drink adequate water to flush out the body toxins.
10. Cook at home more frequently This helps to have healthier meals and makes you skip excess calories.
11. Commit to a strength-training routine Building muscle can help protect you against injury and even sharpen your cognitive skills. Start small but stick to a regular routine.
12. Say “no” more often Burnout is real and it can happen in a blink of an eye. Make sure you’re prioritizing yourself and not saying “yes” to everything because it feels like an obligation. Always remember, self care isn’t selfish.
13. Fix your posture Straightening up is not only an instant confidence booster, it can also prevent back problems and reduce stress.
14. Learn a language Add a new language to your life, learning a new life skill boosts your brain health.
15. See a doctor when needed If you’re unwell or something is unusual see a doctor or a specialist as needed. Do not self prescribe medicines.
16. Wear sunscreen Protect your skin against the harmful effects of ozone. Use a sunscreen with SPF.
17. Eat more good carbohydrates Make good carbs a part of your diet. Eat healthy, feel better.
18. Cut back on alcohol Do not get carried away with friends or at social gatherings. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage your liver and lead to liver cirrhosis.
19. Floss regularly There’s a reason your dentist pesters you for flossing. Clearing your gums of bacteria is necessary for oral health, do floss without fail.
20. Don’t use your smart phone before bed The type of light that’s emitted from screens can disrupt your sleep and keep you awake longer. Put your phone away at least 30 minutes before you shut your eyes.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year! Focus on good health and positivity this new year. A healthy and happy person is more productive at work and can also balance work and personal life well. Take care!