The first step to achieving any resolution is to be realistic. Choosing attainable goals with small benchmarks help keep things realistic. Achieving intermediate benchmarks gives a sense of success and inspiration, and helps to curb getting overwhelmed. Start small with two or three goals. Pick the most important ones that will inspire you to stay on track.
A resolution form the heart is always more likely to succeed than one that others set for you. Rely on your friends and family to help support you on your way to your healthy resolutions, and vice verse. Emotional support and encouragement is a great source of motivation.
Below is a list of resolutions to help you on your way to your overall wellness goals. To make your resolutions stick choose goals that are important to your life and the life you want to create for yourself.
- Control portions – Make a fist, this is the average serving size. Portion control keeps your metabolism active and prevents overeating.
- Be active – Get out and take a walk or play in the park for 30 minutes a day. Moving around gets your heart rate up and can improve your overall health.
- Cut back on sodium – to decrease blood pressure and bloating.
- Increase consumption of antioxidants – to defend your body against free radicals. Free radicals have been proven to cause abnormalities in cells, and by consuming antioxidants you can increase your ability to fight off the bad things.
- Wear sunscreen – Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from premature wrinkles, sunburn and skin cancer. Most skin cancer comes from overexposure to the sun during childhood, so lather up and protect your lovely skin.
- Strength train – Adding strength training to your workout or daily healthy lifestyle increases your metabolism and helps build strong bones for the future.
- Unplug daily – In a world where we are always connected to our phones, computers, & tablets it is good to take a break and connect with those around you. Try to take at least 30-60 minutes a day to disconnect from all electronic devices.
- Hand write a note – Hand write a note to a friend or family member. In the world of digital this small gesture can make their day and yours.
- Get enough sleep – Give your body time to reset and recharge. Getting 8-9 hours of sleep per day can help you stay focused and feel more energized throughout the day.
- Take time to create or learn – carve out a portion of your day to focus on things that you enjoy and find stimulating and challenging. Use this time to do crafts that you enjoy, read or start a new hobby.