Health and Wellness

Resolve to Thrive: Your Guide to Achieving Optimal Wellness in the New Year

Roopal Lalaji, PsyD | Behavioral Health Specialist
/ January 3, 2023
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As the new year approaches, many people find themselves thinking about what they want to change or improve in their lives. It’s no surprise that the three most common resolutions are related to being healthier, losing weight, and personal improvement. However, it’s important to remember that choosing a resolution that is right for you is key to success. If your goals feel overwhelming or unrealistic, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment and burnout.

One way to pick a resolution that is right for you is to set specific and achievable goals. For example, instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds, you could aim to lose 4 pounds a month. Or, instead of trying to run a 5k right away, you could start by walking for 10 minutes twice a week. By breaking your goals down into smaller, more manageable chunks, you’ll be more likely to stay motivated and on track.

Another important aspect of successful resolution-making is having a support system. Surrounding yourself with family, friends, colleagues, and professionals who can help you stay accountable can be a great way to stay motivated and on track. Remember, even small, everyday improvements can add up to major results over time.

So, as you think about your new year’s resolutions, remember to choose goals that are realistic, specific, and achievable, and don’t be afraid to seek support to help you stay on track. With these strategies in mind, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the changes you want to see in the new year.

Here are 7 new year’s resolutions that can help you live a healthier and happier life in the coming year:

Resolution #1: Limit reactive responses

One of the most common causes of stress and negative emotions is our tendency to react impulsively to negative experiences. This year, try to be more mindful of your reactions and take a step back before responding to difficult situations. This will allow you to better understand your thoughts, feelings, and options and respond more effectively.

Resolution #2: Work for a healthy body rather than a specific body image

Everyone’s genetics are different, which means that what is healthy for one person may not be the same for another. Rather than focusing on a specific body image or comparing yourself to others, focus on how you feel physically and mentally when you are taking care of your health. If you do want to set specific health goals, like weight loss or muscle gain, make sure to work with your healthcare provider to develop SMART goals that are tailored to your needs. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, helping you to set clear, realistic, and relevant goals.

Resolution #3: Don’t compare yourself to others

Social media can be a great source of inspiration, but it’s important to remember that people’s online profiles only showcase the best and most interesting moments of their lives. Comparing yourself to others can lead to feelings of inadequacy and frustration, so try to focus on your own journey and progress. You might even consider taking a social media break for a month or two to help you better focus on your own goals.

Resolution #4: Try mindful eating

Mindful eating involves employing all of your senses, minimizing distractions while eating, and paying attention to your body’s hunger, fullness, and satisfaction cues to guide your consumption. This can help you tune into the experience of eating and make healthier decisions without judgment.

Resolution #5: Don’t beat yourself up for going off plan

It’s normal to have lapses in your healthy eating habits, and beating yourself up for it will only lead to negative self-talk and a lack of progress. Remember that every meal is an opportunity for a fresh start and focus on the progress you have made rather than dwelling on setbacks.

Resolution #6: Ditch fad dieting

Fad diets that require excessive calorie cutting or a high intake of specific types of foods are often unsustainable and can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Instead of trying the latest diet trend, focus on eating habits that suit your lifestyle and that you can maintain in the long term.

Resolution #7: Remember that food is fuel

The food we eat provides the nutrients our bodies need to function and support overall good health. Rather than viewing food as a source of pleasure or comfort, try to view it as fuel that can support your body and help you reach your health goals.

By focusing on these 7 new year’s resolutions, you can kick off the new year with a renewed focus on your health and well-being.

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