What better way to bring in 2015 than to live a life you’re happy with, full of good health and wellness? No matter what has happened in the past, this time is dedicated to making a resolution that leads to self-improvement, well-being and happiness, whether it’s staying active, changing your daily eating habits or challenging yourself to be better. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
1. Challenge Yourself
Does your daily routine leave you feeling bored or unsatisfied? Perhaps it’s time to set goals that will help you step out of your comfort zone. Sign up for a cooking class, attend a seminar or volunteer for a good cause. Have you been wanting to take a relaxing weekend trip? Don’t worry about finding a traveling companion as usual—spending time alone will put you back in touch with your inner and outer self. A change of pace will give you a new outlook on life, helping you achieve happiness and bliss.
By staying active, you’re improving brain function, reducing health risks, boosting your metabolism and keeping your body at a healthy weight. You’re also enhancing the production of endorphins, known for promoting an overall sense of well-being. One holistic approach to exercise that we Gurus like to follow is yoga. Practicing yoga helps decrease stress and ultimately improve the quality of life.
3. Schedule Routine Checkups
Regardless of your age, keeping a close eye on your health is very important. When you schedule an appointment, whether it may be for a Pap smear, mammogram, cancer screening or just a physical, you’re making sure your body is functioning properly and identifying any risk factors. Discuss your family’s medical history and ask as many questions as you’d like.
4. Change Workplace Habits
It has been considered somewhat difficult to remain healthy at work. Between potlucks, luncheons, Bagel Tuesday and Pizza Friday, it’s no wonder why people tend to slip away from their eating plans. To prevent any guilt, regret or weight gain, replace the candy bowl on your desk with a fruit bowl. Park further away from your workplace. Take the stairs and not the elevator. Dedicate 15 minutes of your lunch break to walking or doing some sort of exercise.
5. Maintain a Balanced Diet
With all the different types of diets out there, you may find it complicated deciding which one is right for you. Well, there are simple and healthy dieting tips that will get the job done without having to take drastic measures. Focus on increasing your daily antioxidant intake and controlling portion sizes. Consume fruits and vegetables for health benefits, vitamins and minerals, and protein for muscle growth and repair. You should also limit the foods you eat that contain saturated fats, sugar and sodium, including fast food, soft drinks and candy.
This popular New Year’s tradition has been practiced for centuries to boost happiness in people’s lives by fulfilling a vow of self-improvement. Instead of making large, ambitious goals that may leave you feeling defeated, focus on smaller ones that are easy to accomplish. Let’s say you have decided to eat better—perhaps replace one soft drink a day with a glass of water, or a candy bar with fruit salad. When you are aware and accountable of your actions, you can make changes at any time.
Although resolutions are usually made during the holiday season, it’s never too late to become the person you want to be. The Gurus at Healing Radius would like you to share yours for 2015. We hope this year brings you joy, happiness and good health!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.