The gyms are full and salad supplies are out of stock at your local grocer. Must be resolution time! Each year we resolve to improve ourselves and to be better than we were the year before. However, come February, we start to realize that some of the resolutions we set are a little harder than we expected. It could be because the goals we set were too aggressive or because circumstances changed. Whatever the reason, it can be difficult to stick to a resolution for an entire year.
We understand it can be hard, so we want to provide some resolutions that might be a little easier to accomplish. Here are 15 resolutions that can help your overall wellness in 2020.
We all live busy lives and often our busy days turn into busy nights, which starts to encroach on our sleep. Sleep is one of the first things we sacrifice when it comes to our health and wellness, but doing so can affect us more than we know.
As you are probably aware, sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being in our lives. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute getting enough “quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.”
So evaluate your routine and see what can be done to make sure you get the sleep you need.
Our bodies need to be active. Without regular activity, our bodies can slowly lose their strength, stamina, and the ability to even function properly. Exercise not only increases our ability to do other physical activities, but it also increases our overall health and wellness.
And did you know being active can help more than your physical health? It’s true! Regular physical activity can be a “mood lifter,” according to heart.org. This activity doesn’t have to be strenuous or prolonged, but if you set aside at least 10-15 minutes a day, you’ll be surprised at the results.
Drink more water
Water is essential for our survival, so it’s funny how often we neglect to drink it. We often spurn our H2O intake for some sugary, caffeinated substitute. But while these drinks may be tasty, they ultimately don’t help us.
It’s usually recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but the important thing is to drink as much as you need to stay hydrated. Here are some tips to help with your water consumption:
- Carry around a water bottle
- Order water when eating out
- Add a wedge of lemon for flavoring
Ditch sugary drinks
Sugary drinks are such a part of our society and the ease at which they can be obtained is slightly alarming. A study done by Harvard stated that sugary drinks “as a category...are the single largest source of calories and added sugar in the U.S. diet.”
While it may seem difficult, getting rid of sugary drinks can be easy if you don’t incorporate them into your daily routine. Avoid energy drinks for pick-me-ups and don’t order a sugary drink with your meals when you eat out. Once you’ve gotten out of the habit of drinking them, you’ll be surprised to find you don’t miss them!
The complexity of alcohol’s effects on the body, not to mention the complexity of the people who drink it, make providing blanket recommendations about alcohol difficult. Each of us have unique personal and family histories, and alcohol offers each person a different spectrum of benefits and risks.
That said, too much alcohol can be harmful to your body. Aside from the damaging effects to vital organs, it can impair your judgement. Try limiting your alcohol consumption this year, and see if you don’t notice improvements in your overall well-being.
All of us at one point in our lives were told by our parents to eat our vegetables. Well, there’s a good reason for that. Vegetables, particularly the leafy green kind, are an important part of a healthy diet. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but are low in calories.
The USDA states that leafy green vegetables are “an ideal food to facilitate achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.” They also say that eating green leafy vegetables is “vital to a healthy, balanced diet.” So whether you’re at home or eating out, add some greens to that plate.
Pack a lunch
We’ve all been there. We’re at work, lunchtime rolls around and we didn’t bring anything, so we are “forced” to go out to eat. And because we’re not looking to spend a lot of money nor do we have a lot of time to spend on lunch, our choice of food usually isn’t the healthiest.
This is why it’s important to start packing a lunch. Not only will it help you save money, but then you’ll have more control over the food you put in your body. Choose healthier options such as lean proteins and leafy green vegetables. Your body will thank you.
Set a budget
Have you ever reached the end of the month and wondered where all the money has gone? Most of us have inescapable bills such as our utilities and other costs of living that are needed to survive. But have you ever reviewed your spending habits to see exactly where all of your money is going?
You’d be surprised how much money each of us spend on things like eating out, entertainment, or the newest trendy items. Whatever it may be, these items are extra expenditures that can be avoided. Creating a budget allows you to pace your spending and use your money more judiciously. The choice to either eat out every day or pay off a bill earlier becomes much easier.
Meditation is a great way to help with overall mental well-being. The daily pressures of life can get to us and too much pressure tends to explode. Meditation can help you relax and refocus so you’re better equipped to handle the pressure. You can even use Calm CBD Roll-On to enhance your meditation experience.
There’s no wrong way to meditate, but taking a few minutes to yourself to breathe, reflect, and disconnect could do wonders for your mental wellness. Find what works for you and schedule some time for yourself to meditate.
Take time for yourself
If meditation isn’t your thing, don’t worry. What’s important is that you take the time to step back and relax. Life can get hectic and most of us are constantly moving. But if you’re not careful you can run yourself into the ground.
Try finding a hobby or something you’re passionate about to do in your spare time. Just make sure to enjoy yourself and decompress.
Try something new
Many of us are creatures of habit and getting out of our comfort zone isn’t something that comes naturally. However, did you know trying something new has several benefits that can help you become your best self?
Among other things, trying something new can help you overcome fear, understand yourself better, and stimulate creativity. Your new understanding of yourself and the world around you can open up endless possibilities. So for 2020 why not take that trip, taste that food, or try CBD?
Learn all you can
In connection with trying something new, try to learn all you can. Your mind is just like any muscle in your body and needs exercise to maintain its strength. Whether it be learning more about something you already know or discovering something new, start those wheels turning in your head.
What you learn doesn’t necessarily need to be for scholarly purposes either. You can learn a new skill, such as skiing or woodworking, as long as it gets the creative juices flowing. Improved competence leads to improved confidence.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help? Most of us have at some point in our lives. And do you remember what it felt like when you received that help? Remember that feeling and pay it forward in 2020.
Most of the time our busy lives cause us to reflect inward, ignoring the outside world. And while our own needs are important, we can’t shut ourselves off completely to others. Helping those around us and providing service is a great way to strengthen communities, not to mention social ties.
Strengthen social ties
Speaking of social ties, start the year off right by strengthening the connections you have with family and friends. And don’t stop there. Most of us have co-workers or neighbors we affiliate with on a regular basis. Improve those relationships as well.
We are social creatures and positive social ties are important to our mental and physical health. According to Harvard Medical School, social support can “influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.”
Find a wellness partner
These resolutions, while not incredibly difficult, can take some work. That’s why for our final suggested resolution, we recommend finding a partner to help you through the year. Not only can they provide encouragement, but they can also hold you accountable. The two of you helping each other accomplish your goals is a great confidence booster and increases your chances for success.
Creating a wellness plan with attainable goals now sets the tone for the rest of the year. It may seem daunting at first, but you’re not in it alone. With support from friends and family, as well as great products from Nature’s Ultra, 2020 is looking brighter every day.