It’s a new year and with that comes the obligatory reflection on the past year and the question – what can I do better this year? No one would be surprised to learn that the top 3 resolutions for 2022 are to lose weight, get more exercise, and eat better.
Those are some momentous changes even for the best of us!
So, what did I resolve to do differently this year? The list is long, distinguished, and not vastly different from last year's resolutions. And like many of you, somewhere on it is getting healthier.
Now that we all want to get healthier, how do we do it? Here are some healthy living tips I'm sure you have read before...
There are always simple strategies to improve how you look, feel and think. After all, without constantly improving your body and mind, you won't be able to reach greater heights and experience new things.
The most essential mental and physical health tip is to enjoy quality sleep. Getting enough sleep will boost your health and productivity, and it will rejuvenate your body and mind. Some people may believe that sleep is overrated, but study after study has shown that those who get at least eight hours of sleep look and feel better than those who don't.
It can be tempting to skimp on the number of hours of sleep you get, but it isn't worth it. Skipping sleep takes a toll on your brain's ability to function, your appearance, and your overall long-term health. So do yourself a favor and skip the late-night talk shows and midnight snacks tonight!
There's another easier-said-than-done tip that I'm sure you've heard many times before. Any guesses? Exercise, of course! Whether you are trying to lose weight or you're at your target weight, it can be tempting to skip exercise. No matter how you slice it, it's not going to do you any good. Not only does exercise help you look good, but it also helps you feel good. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good from top to bottom and stress literally drips off you!
It can be difficult to incorporate these healthy living tips into your life, but there is one tool that ties everything together: the power of positive self-talk. You can use positive affirmations to help remind you of your healthy living goals. Affirmations are short statements that encourage you to sharpen your mind and body while conquering your goals and improving on your weaknesses. Affirmations can help you focus on creating and maintaining the healthy body and mind you desire because it gives you the motivation you need to focus on your most important asset – you!
Some examples of affirmations include, "It is okay for me to take care of myself first," or, "I am healthy and deserve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle." You can use these simple positive statements throughout the day to stay motivated and focused. After all, we all need some motivation from time to time.
Check out this affirmation you can find on our Pinterest account...
Recognizing areas for improvement is the first step. Vowing to fix all of them in the next month is two steps back. I know, I've done it...repeatedly.
So, pick one and address just that one. Starting small is better than not starting at all.
And seeing as January is, for all intents and purposes, over. I'm going to start tracking my sleep on February 1. Procrastinator's bonus: It's a short month!
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