Two-thousand nineteen is in full swing. So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? We often resolve to be healthier and happier, however it’s easy to lose sight of our goals as the months pass by. This article aims to give a few tips on ways to stay healthy all year long.
1.) Write Down Your Goals
First things first, when setting goals for yourself always write them down. Studies have shown that writing down your goals makes you 42% more likely to achieve them. So, if you you want to reach your goals, grab a pen and paper and write them down—the act itself ingrains purpose in your mind and having a physical reminder is always good.
We also love the method of “Do, Be, Have” to set goals. This method requires you to write down something you’d like to do, something you’d like to be, and something you’d like to have this year. This is a great way to achieve health-related goals; for example: do meal prep every week, be a marathon runner, have a new fitness watch.
2.) Celebrate National Health Observances
There are numerous national health observances to celebrate and raise awareness. Throughout the year, revel in all the different ways to improve your health. Here are three national health months that are easy to celebrate…
March is Save Your Vision Month: Eyesight may not be something we often think about when it comes to our health. However, with people’s over-reliance on cell phones and having jobs that require hours in front of a computer screen, digital eye strain is becoming a common source of pain for many people. Digital eye strain can cause headaches, dry eyes, and even blurred vision. If any of these symptoms apply to you, try to spend some more time away from the screen and perhaps look into new eyeglasses. Do yourself one better by getting frames equipped with blue light blocking lenses. These type of lenses help to filter out active blue light and can prevent digital eye strain symptoms so you can feel happier and more comfortable, especially at work.
May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month: 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Hypertension can affect your heart, brain, eyes and many other areas of the body. Celebrate by making heart-healthy meal choices with your family throughout the month. Consider swapping out pasta for spaghetti squash or making a delicious, heart-healthy halibut dish. Think about Tweeting or posting on Facebook to raise awareness of your efforts and help inspire others. By making simple switches in your diet and spreading the word about high blood pressure awareness you can help yourself and those you love.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Whether or not you know a child suffering from cancer or a child who’s survived cancer, take this month to celebrate them and raise awareness for their fight. There are multiple walks, gatherings, and fundraisers throughout the country designed to raise awareness and funding for children’s cancer research. So, find an event near you and come together in a healthy activity with your community to support youths affected by cancer.
3.) Use a fitness tracker
Use a fitness tracker to help monitor your exercise progress and your caloric intake. Apps like MyFitnessPal help ensure you stay on track of any fitness and food goals by allowing you to track your caloric intake, macronutrients, caloric output—and can also be used as a simple food journal. Input your workouts to see the average amount of calories you are burning and even browse healthy recipes and discover new exercise inspirations. Add friends to help keep each other accountable and healthy throughout the year!
4.) Eat wholesome foods
Let’s face it, eating a wholesome and natural diet is easier said than done. It takes time and can cost more. However, it should be the first thing on your list when thinking of ways to better yourself. Recently on the Happy Living blog, we posted 4 tips to successfully make a dietary change. Read how to keep yourself in the mindset that this is a not a diet, but a full-on lifestyle change. Start small, by simply focusing on eating natural, non-processed, and organic foods. (Remember the fitness tracker… it helps!) Lean meats and vegetables. Balanced food choices. Once you’re committed, practice writing down what you’re putting in your body—and, in time, it will become easier to stay away from those highly processed junk foods.
5.) Spend Time Doing Things You Love
Finally, spend time doing activities you enjoy with people you love. This tip is great for mental health and to help you stay motivated to achieve any other health goals. Take time out of your day to read, watch your favorite TV show, swim, play soccer with friends, cook a meal with your significant other or meditate alone… the options are endless because this is all based on what makes you happy. Being mindful about making time in your day for yourself will help the other lifestyle changes less overwhelming. Especially when you’re dedicating time out of your day to meal prep, exercise, work and do chores. This time will be all yours to do whatever you please and will help remind yourself as to why you set new intentions for yourself this year.
New Year’s Resolutions can be tough to stick to but making small changes like this will make it an easy process for you to achieve your goals! Eating wholesome foods, dedicating time to activities you love, and setting realistic goals are small changes that are easy to implement into your daily life. Following these tips will help you stay on the right track to improve your overall health to live your happiest life.
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