5 Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, especially to exercise more, eat better, and improve their health.  After all, the new year can be an exciting time filled with new beginnings.  Whether the coming new year has you totally inspired or a tad overwhelmed, I’d like to share 5 resolutions for a happy and healthy new year.

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Yes, sustainable resolutions do exist, and even better, they can help you build the foundation for a long, healthy, happy life. It all comes down to knowing how to go about it. Here below are 5 resolutions you can actually stick to for good.

Get Your Rest

The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults, but most Americans aren’t hitting the mark.  According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control report, over one-third of adults are not getting at least seven hours of sleep per night.  Skimping on sleep can cause cognitive impairment that slow motor functions and cause massive mood swings.  Take it seriously, and make it a resolution worth keeping.

Eat Breakfast

It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  People who eat breakfast regularly are reported to be significantly less likely to be obese and get diabetes when compared to non-breakfast eaters, according to Harvard Health.   Eating breakfast also enhances alertness, attention, and performance.

Meditate Once a Day

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Instead of telling yourself you’ll be more organized this year, try meditating once a day.  According to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found 30 minutes of meditation every day improved symptoms of depression and anxiety in participants after eight weeks.  That’s worth scheduling in your appointment book!

Practice Mindful Eating

Making resolutions about your diet can be a slippery slope.  Yet when you focus on what’s going into your mouth and slowing down between bites, you’ll be less likely to overeat because you’re more likely to recognize when you’re full.  Try eating each bite more slowly.  Over time, a few small steps will add up to big dietary changes.

Be Grateful

I’ve talked about having a gratitude journal in a previous post, but it’s true that having an “attitude of gratitude” really does work wonders for your self-esteem and happiness.  Reflecting on the good helps you keep a positive attitude.  Personally, I also recommend finding ways to “give back” — whether it’s volunteering at your church or participating in a local food drive.  It just makes you feel good inside!

Was this helpful for you?  I’d love to hear some of your own resolutions at hello@heartandsoulblog.com.  And please subscribe to my newsletter below to receive more helpful posts like these straight to your inbox.

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