People often make New Year's resolutions that they are unable to stick with for very long. A person needs to be ready to make a change and be invested in it. Resolutions are made, but there may be no motivation or accountability to make that change stick. Try to make a New Year's resolution that can be achieved and maintained throughout the year.
People don't have to make an earth-shattering change. Smaller, short-term goals are easier to achieve. Goals can be made throughout the year instead of making a huge goal in the beginning that is not realistic to achieve.
Many of us want to lose weight to be a healthy weight, but our goal is so big it can't be achieved. Don't make a goal to lose 50 pounds to go on a winter vacation. It sets people up for failure making such a big goal. Instead, set a goal to decrease the amount of pop you drink or to drink water instead of pop. Say goodbye to fad diets. Cook more at home instead of eating fast food. Plan your meals for the week on Sunday. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Take a healthy snack along to avoid the temptations that are faced every day. Start cutting back on sugar by just not overindulging.
Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. It has so many benefits such as, preventing diseases, burning calories, and can also be a stress reliever. People should exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Find activities that you enjoy. Make sure variety is added to your exercise routine, so you do not get bored. This goal is hard to achieve each and every day, because life happens. People's lives are busy, so it may be difficult to fit 30 minutes into a day. Try breaking it into 10-15 minute segments throughout the day. Make exercise a part of your daily life. Put exercise in your calendar as an appointment. We wouldn't miss a doctor's appointment, so why miss your exercise time? Time is the biggest excuse used to fit exercise into routines. Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. Make small changes throughout the day.
Use the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Park farther away at the store.
Walk during lunch.
On Fridays walk your messages instead of calling or emailing them.
Move more at your desk.
Try to get up from your desk every 30-60 minutes, even if it is to just walk for a minute.
Sleep is very important and vital to good health. Everyone needs the benefits of sleep for good health. Your body needs sleep to rejuvenate and be energized during the day. Sleep benefits your mind and body. It is easier said than done to accomplish this.
We may choose resolutions of losing weight or starting an exercise routine. We often forget that in order to accomplish goals like that we need to reflect on what our barriers are and what may cause us from achieving our resolutions.
Why is there such a high failure rate of New Year's resolutions?
We need to reflect on the mental aspect of our health. Being healthy isn't about keeping only one health aspect in check. We need to have balance of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health.
What kind of support is needed to achieve our goal of being healthy?
Do we need that person that meets us at the gym, or just the person that gives us support through words, or do we need someone to talk to about the stress in our lives?
Sometimes that support is needed to work through the stress in our lives. Try not to sweat the small stuff. Find that person you can confide in or just "vent" to. Make more social plans with friends. How do you feel after spending time with your friends? It helps reduce stress, gives purpose in your life, and promotes happiness. Make more time for yourself so you can help keep the people around you healthy as well as keep yourself healthy. Make yourself the priority in staying healthy and then you will be able to help the people around you.
There are many goals we can set. I have only listed a few. I challenge you to be inspired to make your New Year's resolution based on balance to become a healthier person and not by the old cliche of resolutions. Make small changes that can be maintained and not set yourself up for the failure that follows the stigma of New Year's resolutions.
Jessica Smith is a wellness coordinator at Trinity Healthy Living.