Resolutions: the best for boosting mind, mood and physical health
We’re now well into 2018 — so how are your resolutions going? If the answer is ‘not good’,
don’t stress about it. 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, according to Business
Insider UK, which leaves us asking: how can we create a resolution that we can stick to
throughout the year?
Instead of focusing on daily treadmill runs, rabbit-food diets and the other typical new-year-
new-me methods; check out our collection of fun and inspiring resolutions to help improve
your emotional and physical wellbeing this year!
Make changes to your career
Our jobs play a huge part in our lives. Since we spend a large chunk of our week in offices,
factories and anywhere else we earn a living, it’s crucial that we make it as pleasant as
possible for peace of mind. According to Health and Safety Executive, more than half a
million workers suffered from anxiety or depression during 2016/17. Also, research states
that millennials change their job around four times before they hit the age of 32. While this
could be due to indecisiveness and an open job market, it could also suggest that we’re
generally dissatisfied with our jobs.
Make time today to really look at your job and whether it’s making you happy. It isn’t? Then
make changes. If you feel you need a creative outlet for some of your ideas, start a blog
using WordPress — there are plenty of how-to guides and SEO-related articles to help you
get your voice heard online. Want to climb the career ladder? Search for relevant courses
and ask for external training from your HR department. Staff morale that’s getting you down?
Corporate days out are growing massively in popularity, so suggest a team-building trip
somewhere to lift everyone’s spirits.
From Friday afternoon office quizzes to simply sprucing up your work area with photos, new
furniture and your favourite colours; even simple acts can lift the atmosphere and make work
Smash a world record
Perhaps you’re desperate to make this year special. If so, why not get your fifteen minutes of
fame by breaking a record and getting your name in the Guinness World Book of Records?
According to psychology experts, mastering a talent instils a feeling of accomplishment that
can help to reduce the risks of depression and improve mental wellbeing.
If you’re struggling to think of a talent you can become the best at, check out past successes
online for inspiration.
Master an extreme sport
A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that regular exercise
reduced the chances of developing depression. Losing weight and toning up are always
popular pledges we make to ourselves when we’re aiming for self-improvement. But how do
we make this enjoyable enough that we stick to it?
The only way is to make the activity as addictive and intense as possible! How about
snowboarding? An average adult can burn between 250 and 630 calories every hour while
on a snowboard, and the exercise tests your balance and works all your major muscle
groups to help you tone up quickly. Adrenaline-pumping sports like this also encourages
your body to release endorphins — which are neurochemicals that create a feeling of
happiness and lower stress. So, snowboarding makes perfect sense if your plan is all-round
wellbeing throughout the year.
If you’re interested, there are plenty of skiing lessons and indoor slopes available to help you
challenge yourself in 2018.
Sample foods from around the globe
Similar to exercise, our diets tend to come under the spotlight when we’re on a mission to
look and feel good. However, nutrition is a significant, nationwide issue. A report by Diabetes
UK discovered that around 66% of adults ate three or fewer portions of fruit and vegetables
per day, with almost 50% not eating a piece of fruit at least three days in a week. This puts
us at risk of obesity along with a range of medical issues — so how do we make swapping
bad foods for good ones easier?
In our busy lives, it’s tempting to go for the easy option when it comes to mealtimes.
However, herein lies the problem. Instead of trying to force the same, boring healthy foods onto our dinner plates, why not take a culinary trip around the world and switch carrots and
brown rice for their more exotic counterparts?
For breakfast, put some chia seeds in your porridge — this food comes from Mexico and
offers a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. At dinnertime, try harissa — a chilli paste from
northern Africa that is believed to have cancer-protective qualities and tastes great in soups
— and put lucuma (from Peru) in your lunchbox for the ideal anti-ageing snack.
Make more time for socialising with people that matter
Being sociable and making time for friends and family plays a great role in our health. So,
how much quality time do you honestly set aside?
This year, fill your spare days and nights with unforgettable family moments — and reap the
health rewards later. Climb Ben Nevis, go whale-watching, hike through a national park,
kayak down your nearest river, or do a sponsored abseil. Big events give your family a
collective goal to achieve, which means you get to train and prepare together, as well as
make a long-lasting memory at the end.
You’d be surprised by how many health benefits are associated with family time. According
to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, single people have a higher risk of
developing dementia, while New York University found that married people suffer less from
cardiovascular disease than singletons.
Although we don’t need any excuse to go on holiday, these are actually excellent for our
mental wellbeing! The Journals of Vacation Marketing found that people waiting to go on
holiday felt happier with their lives and experienced less negative emotions. So, pepper 2018
with a handful of family holidays somewhere you’ve all never visited before to keep moods
high in your home.
*Did you make any new year resolutions? how are you getting on with your new year resolutions?
Lots Of Love,