New Year’s resolutions may seem silly to some, but their origins are rooted in the idea of self-improvement, which we love. Nearly half of all Americans report making New Year’s resolutions each year, and most often they include personal goals or other achievements. A resolution can be just about anything you want it to be: spending less money eating out; cooking at home three days a week; calling friends more often; losing weight. If you want it, you can have it.
So, we would like to proposition all of you to add these three, key resolutions to your list this year:
· Enjoy life to the fullest. Some ways you can do this include being completely present by putting your phone away during meals to really appreciate the company and love of your family and friends; saying “yes” to an activity or event that you otherwise might be too shy or tired to attend; starting that garden you always wanted; or staying up late with your grandkids to play an extra round of their favorite game. Smile more, be grateful every day and count your blessings.
· Commit to taking control of your health. This can be as small as adding a fruit or vegetable into your daily meal rotation, or drinking more water each day. Adding activity into your routine can only have positive benefits for your mind, body and soul. Find a fun activity you can share with a family member or friend and stick with it. Your body will look and feel better.
· Don’t sweat the little things you can’t control. Stress and anxiety is shown to take years off your life. The next time you feel worried or anxious about something, ask yourself this question “do I have the ability to control or change the situation?” If the answer is yes, then do something about it. If the answer is no, then commit to not worry about it. Worrying never did any good for anyone.
If you are a list-maker, start your list now to plan the steps to achieve your goals in the New Year. Check-in with yourself throughout the year to see how you’re doing and what progress you’ve made. Positive change occurs when we continue to pick ourselves up time after time, even if we’ve strayed from our goals. You owe it to yourself to be the happiest version of yourself, so make it a reality this next year.
Inter Valley Health Plan hosts classes regularly on health and vitality. For a full list of classes in your area, please visit forhealthandliving.com/ivhpevents
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