Brimming with enthusiasm while setting a New Year’s resolution, only to then find ourselves struggling to meet our goal and then eventually throwing in the towel out of frustration, can be an all-too-familiar story for many of us.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to completely abandon any idea of getting yourself healthy in 2018. You might just need to set yourself a resolution that is genuinely realistic rather than hopelessly overambitious. Here are some resolutions that you can especially consider.
Daily engage in some physical activity
Getting more exercise is a very common New Year’s resolution; in fact, 38% of people make it their resolution, a recent ComRes poll found. However, meeting this resolution would not mean having to put yourself through excessively lengthy and tedious sessions of exercise.
Instead, you could stick to daily ten-minute blocks of exercise, as recommended by The New York Times. That exercising could consist of dancing, playing with your children or just taking stairs.
Get sufficient sleep
You could too easily underestimate the extent to which your sleeping habits affect your health. If you fail to get enough slumber, you could inadvertently compromise your weight, immune system, hormones, concentration, energy and mood. Your life expectancy could be cut as well.
Furthermore, people who suffer from insomnia or impaired sleep are much likelier to become clinically depressed. As a general rule, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is likely to suffice for your health.
If you smoke, you likely don’t need to be reminded of the adverse health implications of continuing to do so. Smoking is a common cause of lung cancer and heart disease; however, success in quitting smoking can often be low. For that reason, you might want to consider medications or nicotine patches – which, when used with a behavioural plan, could help you break the deadlock.
If you have long been a smoker and are concerned about how the habit might have affected your cardiovascular health, it can be assessed by a private clinic in the UK.
Nurture rewarding personal relationships
Your social attachments can also heavily factor into your health… and, yet, this is another health aspect that you could too readily overlook.
Ultimately, how you keep your personal relationships strong and harmonious is your decision. There are various options; for instance, you could join a local book club, arrange dates of greater regularity with your partner, or eat meals with your family more often.
Be grateful for what you weekly achieve
As your tally of achievements continues to grow, you could still fail to notice those successes piling up. Indeed, your mind might frequently wander onto the few areas where you have still been falling short. However, such a habit wouldn’t be beneficial for your mental health.
One worthwhile piece of advice provided by NBC News BETTER is to, on a weekly basis, tell a relative or friend what you have achieved that week. Vocalising those milestones could bring home to you just how significant they really are.