New Year’s Resolutions are an exciting part of each new year, starting fresh and setting goals for the year to come is often the best way to start the year on a positive note. With 2018 now in full swing, there is no turning back. It is time to focus your attention on the positive and move forward into the new year fresh and rearing to go. Here are a few ideas to add to your list.
- Eat more fish. It has been reported that fish helps children sleep better and can improves IQs by up to four points when eaten regularly. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish also have been linked to lower rates of heart disease.
- Make meaningful connections. In this modern, disconnected world, an increasing amount of people feel lonely, which takes a toll on mental and physical health. While you can have many friends, you need someone you can open up to and share with, it is this deeper connection that can sate the disconnected feeling.
- Go to bed early. Poor sleep is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Create a self-imposed bedtime, set an alarm as a reminder, and aim to head to bed in time to get a solid seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
- Give up sugar-filled and fizzy drinks. While some choose to drink calorie-free beverages for weight-loss purposes, a recent study indicated that people who regularly consumed diet soft drinks were at an increased risk for dementia or stroke. The diet versions of these fizzy drinks still hold harmful chemicals.
- Hit the gym. Aside from all the obvious reasons—weight management and heart health—exercising is good for your mental health as well. Not only helping aging and memory over time, but also increases emotional stability.
- Don’t eat after 9 p.m. Late-night snacking goes against our biological clocks. Eating later in the evening could increase your heart disease risk and also has multiple negative effects on your digestive system. Cooking in advance and storing your food in airtight containers can often help those who get home too late to cook and eat before 9 p.m.
- Spend more time outside. Enjoying the beauty and fresh air of nature can help lower stress and may reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising while taking in the natural beauty of the world. This is the time to grab your water bottle and head to nature for some recharge time.
- Get creative. From adult colouring books to sketching on a canvas, building a bench or designing your outdoor space at home, there are many ways to let out your creative side. Well, they have benefits other than serving as a way to fight boredom.
- Use social media less. It’s good to be connected, but even Facebook recently admitted that too much time online could be bad for your mental health. Research has shown that children and teens in particular may have lower self-esteem due to social media’s influence. Limit how much time you spend each day online and replace that time with something productive or seek out real life interactions.
While 2018 is here to stay, New Year’s Resolutions like these allow you to feel in control of your life. Setting positive, achievable goals is the best way to hit personal benchmarks throughout the year, giving you a great head start to 2018.