According to Forbes and Business Insider, about 80% of individuals fail their New Year’s resolution by February, and only about 9% feel they have accomplished their goal. Everyone has their own resolutions, however, they most likely entail something wellness related. Our health and wellness are crucial for us to pursue success and achieve an incredible quality of life. After all, it’s not the years in your life, but instead life in those years. Most people fail to meet their resolutions, why should you? Don’t be the example of failure, be the example of success.
This is the most commonly broken New Year’s resolution. It requires effort, consistency, and people typically don't know what they are getting themselves into. People see some short-term effects so they decide to slow things down and allow themselves to cheat. The problem isn't the occasional cheat meal, the issue is the cheat meals begin to have more consistency than the exercise and healthy eating. Don't reward yourself too early or too often, you should seek long-term rewards. Don’t let short-term success fog your long-term aspirations.
When the new year starts people put all their energy into looking good and eating healthy. Don't devote all your time and effort day in and day out, you have to know your limits otherwise it will lead to burnout. Don’t try to go to the gym every day if you know it’s going to be too much to handle in the long run. It is better to go three to four days a week for a year than to go every day for a few weeks. Similarly, with eating healthy, you don't have to cook every day. It is ok to go out to eat as long as you still eat healthily and yes healthy food can taste good too. The key is to find a healthy balance that truly fits you.
Many people try to include “less stressed’ as part of their list of resolutions. Most stress is harmful and should be decreased. Stress is hard to tackle because many people want to feel less stressed but don't know how to do it. People fail because they think that if they try to feel less stressed, they will become less stressed. Stress does not just vanish, we need to be able to incorporate some stress management activities. For some positives on stress, please read Benefits of stress.
Meditation: Meditation allows you to clear your thoughts and see what is valuable in life. It can be a life changer. Meditating is relaxing and will enable you to prioritizes your thoughts. Taking a few minutes out of your day for yourself is going to be the best stress relief you will get in life. It’s the small, simple, and consistent changes that have a profound impact on you.
Yoga: When your body aches and is sore it means you haven’t moved around enough or have not appropriately stretched. Yoga has a profound effect on flexibility, muscular strength and tone, and overall well being. Similarly to meditation, yoga allows time for yourself. You can find out how flexible you really are. Yoga increases circulation to your brain and organs to keep you healthy on the inside as well as outside. Yoga is your stress relief and a workout all in one.Breathing exercises: It's like meditation but can be done in 2 minutes. Having control over your breathing helps relieve stress and releases GABA so you feel calmer. You can try the 4 7 8 method, a therapist will charge you $100 for 50 minutes just to teach you how to breathe correctly.
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When creating New Year resolutions set goals that are attainable for your lifestyle. Set short-term goals but have the end goal at sight. Be consistent and don’t get discouraged when you hit a few bumps, you may lose the battle, but that doesn't mean you lost the war.
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