Head-to-Toe New Year's Resolutions You Should be Making
Do you want to make 2014 your best and healthiest year yet? It might mean making a full body and mind commitment. When the ball drops, many of us make lofty promises to eat better and live healthier. But to make a health resolution stick, it may have to connect to something deeper. Beyond choosing the right foods, your relationships, career, spiritual practices, and physical activity may really satisfy your hunger for life. This New Year’s, resolve to just do your personal best. Here’s a head-to-toe guide of health resolutions designed to help you get there.
For your head: Think more loving thoughts. Cultivate self-compassion by writing yourself a private letter that offers words of support and positivity. Reread your letter whenever you are in need of a gentle mental health boost. Start with “Dear Self,” and the rest is up to you.
Eyes: Shut them for at least 6 to 8 hours a night. Just getting a good night’s rest may reduce your risk of developing diabetes, cancer, memory problems, and depression. Plus, making wise decisions when it comes to nutrition is much easier when you’re not overly tired.
Ears: Listen to the inspiring words of one of your health heroes. Check out a video or live chat about the impact nutrition has on your health or any food education movement that you identify with to stay informed and get motivated.
Mouth: Smile when you think about your life. Boost your happiness by making more time and space to nurture your relationships and career, your spiritual side and active self. These aspects of your life nourish and sustain you beyond what you’re actually eating.
Heart: Reconnect with a dear old friend for coffee. Men and women who have strong friendships may have lower stress and blood pressure levels. Plus, people with solid social ties have been found to live longer in recent studies.
Stomach: Go with your gut instinct when it comes to making big life decisions. Whether it’s going out on a date that just feels right or making a new career move that you’ve always dreamed of, give yourself the permission to do it. Often times, we make excuses to delay making tough decisions. Trust and listen to your intuition to get real answers to your lingering questions and gain clarity in your life.
Hands: Release them from your smartphone to take a daily tech break. Challenge yourself to unplug from news updates, your social connections, and email for 15 minutes or more. Take these tech time-outs to reduce stress, increase your productivity, and connect more personally with others.
Legs: Aspire to walk toward new adventures. Whether it’s traveling to an exotic and far-flung destination, trying out a boxing class that always intimidated you, or signing up for a cooking class or yoga retreat you’ve always wanted to do, just go for it. Enjoy the thrill of following your heart with a spirit of openness and fun. Try doing something a little out of the ordinary; it may be just what you need to boost your happiness and overall energy.
Feet: Reduce your carbon footprint by eating farm-fresh foods like localized meat, fish, and produce to benefit your overall health. Try to buy locally grown foods even once or twice a week or consider joining a CSA to support farms in your region and enjoy the availability of your seasonal favorites.
Share with us one of your top health resolutions for 2014.