New Year’s Day is just around the corner, and chances are, you haven’t quite decided what your resolution will be. About ⅓ of all Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution this year. While the most popular resolution is to lose weight, there are many other resolutions that you can and should make to benefit your health.
Read on for 10 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions that you should make – that aren’t losing weight.
Have Better Oral Hygiene
Studies show that over half of all adults go to bed without brushing their teeth. Not brushing your teeth can lead to all sorts of problems as the plaque sits inside your mouth, slowly breaking down your teeth. Your oral hygiene is a reflection of your overall health. This blog states that the most common dental problems are: halitosis, gum disease, missing teeth, sensitivity, dry mouth, cavities, mouth sores and enamel erosion. All of these problems can be avoided with daily, thorough oral care.
Reconnect With Old Friends
Studies show that people with strong social ties live longer than those who lack human connection. Friends are our support team, nostalgic connection, sounding board, and can help us see our progression in life. With social media and modern technology, reconnecting with old friends is easier than ever. Make a goal to reconnect with 12 old friends this year – one for every month. Send them an email, facebook message, call them on the phone, send them a postcard, or shoot them a text.
Get Rid of Unhealthy Relationships
If you have someone toxic in your life, let them go. Even if they are a close friend or family member, your priority needs to be to take care of yourself. Toxic and unhealthy relationships are painful, harmful, and can drag you down to their level. For example, if you have a friend who is addicted to something, you may experience peer pressure to try the substances in order to relate to them, possibly making you addicted as well. Recognize that the relationship is only hurting you, and make a plan to move on with your life.You cannot change the other person, but you can change yourself. Get out of the situation. Cut ties with the person who is causing destruction in your life, and do not go back.
Get Enough Sleep
The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night, however, over half of all Americans say that they do not get enough sleep. Many of us have forgotten what it feels like to be well rested, because we have gone without proper sleep for so long. Your sleep patterns quickly affect your overall health. Not getting enough sleep can cause accidents, make you less intelligent, make you more likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, depression, etc., affect tissue repair (aging your skin and making it more difficult for wounds to heal), and impair your judgement. Recognize that sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, and strive to get enough of it in the upcoming new year.
Drink More Water
Another New Year’s Resolution you should consider is to drink more water. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces a day (If you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 oz of water daily). Most people do not drink even half the amount of water that they should. If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Staying hydrated can increase performance, make you less cranky, reduce headaches, boost your immune system, and help reduce joint pain.
Take Time to Unplug
A goal that you should make this year is to take time to unplug. We are attached to our cellphones like they are keeping us alive, but in fact, they are probably doing the opposite. Cell Phone use has been shown to be connected to insomnia, increased risk of cancer, increase spread of disease, traffic accidents, sores, blisters, tendon pain, depression, and more. Make a goal this year to put down your phone for ten minutes a day, an hour a day, or even for a full day each week.
Most people work a 9 to 5 job that requires them to sit at a desk, away from sunshine and nature.
Make a goal to spend one hour a week outside. You can go for a walk, hike, bike ride, take a picnic in the park, etc. Even taking a five minute walk in the middle of your workday can give you incredible benefits such as increased happiness, improved focus, added creativity, and more.
Increase Positive Self-Talk
Positive self-talk is a powerful thing, it can reduce stress, increase productivity and achievement, boost self-image, increase lifespan, boost the immune system, and more. If you find yourself thinking negatively about yourself, perhaps you should make a goal to increase your positive self-talk. Start by acknowledging how you talk to yourself and recognize when you tell yourself negative things. Every time you tear yourself down, think of two positive things about yourself to counteract the negativity. Start to laugh at yourself, surround yourself with positive people, and make a list of daily affirmations – and say them every day.
If you tend to skip breakfast, make the healthy New Year’s Resolution to eat it! There are many quick and simple breakfasts, from instant oatmeal to protein shakes. Breakfast has been shown to increase concentration, problem solving skills, improve memory, and elevate mood. If you don’t have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, prepare it the night before and eat it on the go. Make muffins, fruit parfaits, smoothies, homemade energy bars, or pancakes.
Make More Mistakes
We’re not talking about intentionally making major mistakes at work or in your personal life, rather, take more risks. This New Year, let your perfectionist self take a break. Allow yourself to become vulnerable and try something that you might fail at. You will learn more about yourself and the world around you as you allow yourself to make mistakes. So get out there, try something new! Fail, and fail gloriously, and then next time, fail better.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Share in the comments below.
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