Do you groan a little bit as you sit down to write out your New Year’s Resolutions? It turns out, you aren’t alone. In fact, many of us have the same resolutions all geared toward improving our lives.
Check out the 10 most popular resolutions made by millions of Americans each year:
- Lose weight
- Eat healthy food
- Exercise and get fit
- Manage stress
- Spend more time with family
- Find a better job
- Quit smoking
- Save money
- Take more trips
- Volunteer more
Notice a pattern here?
Most people want to feel better emotionally as well as physically. Caring for ourselves is often hard in today’s fast-paced world. Overworked and crunched for time, many people create resolutions only to falter mid-way through January.
We recommend you take some time for yourself and work through your resolutions with baby steps. Be gentle on yourself and set easy to reach goals. Start with one healthy habit, and once you’ve mastered it, move on to your next resolution.
Take a look at these 10 resolution ideas for your wellness in the New Year.
Find a Place to Relax
Your relaxation is important to your well-being. Make a goal to spend at least 10 minutes each day doing absolutely nothing. This can help inspire your creativity and set you on a new path.
Spending time outdoors is good for your health – both mentally and physically.
Enjoy your time spent outside grilling with your family and eating together. You can even teach your kids to grill.
Grow Your Own Food
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking a juicy, ripe tomato off the vine, slicing it and eating it.
Growing your own herbs, fruit and vegetables isn’t as hard as you think, plus it’s a great way to sneak in your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
Update Your Backyard
Create your own backyard retreat. Make it a place where you can have a mini vacation every day.
If you have a hot tub, add a table with some candles. Consider installing an outdoor sound system so you can listen to relaxing music while you soak or read a book.
Make sure you have a cozy chair for long summer days reading and relaxing nights talking with friends and family.
Stand Up Tall
Bad posture can affect your health. How?
Consider this recent study from San Francisco State University where students were told to either walk down a hall in a slouched position or to skip. The slouchers reported increased feelings of depression and lower energy than skippers.
Not only can bad posture affect your outlook, but it can influence the way others see you.
Try adding a daily walk to your schedule and end your day in the hot tub!
Walk 10,000 Steps Every Day
Yes, that’s the goal. Get a pedometer so you can monitor your daily progress.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Start small and add 1,000 steps each day until you reach your goal of 10,000 steps per day.
Not only will you burn calories, but you’ll increase your energy while reducing stress.
Take Your Lunch to Work
Eating out leads to over indulgence and extra pounds.
Take time each morning, or the evening before, to pack a nutritious, fresh lunch.
With the extra time you save driving to and from a restaurant, you can take a refreshing walk to clear your mind before your busy afternoon.
Cherish Your Relationships
Having friendships and relationships is good for you. Nurture and cherish your friends and family and make it a goal to spend quality time with loved ones each week.
Put your phone down and enjoy quality time together for a healthier you.
Indulge, A Little
While trying to lose or maintain your weight and be healthy, you might think you have to give up all indulgences. Not true.
Allow yourself a guilty pleasure on occasion so you don’t over indulge all at once. Think naps, long walks in the park, chocolate, ice cream and a glass of wine.
Soak in Your Spa
Make it your goal to spend 15-20 minutes each day in your Hot Springs Spa.
The health benefits of warm water immersion and hydrotherapy are proven. You’ll enjoy lower stress levels, better relationships, improved sleep and a healthier lifestyle. You’ll ease sore muscles and remove toxins so you are sick less often.
Mentally and physically there’s nothing quite like a daily soak in your hot tub to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Take time for you. This should be your number one resolution this year, and all the others will fall into place.
Start small and work up to completing your resolutions. Don’t give up, be patient, and you’ll reap the rewards.
Here’s to your well-being in the New Year!