Happy New Year!
This is the time that many of us want to start anew with a list of goals or resolutions. I do have a few business goals and I definitely want to travel more this year. Most important, though, I want to continue my good healthy habits.
If you’re setting health and wellness goals for 2018, here are a few of my personal tips…
1. Don’t focus on losing weight
This is probably the most popular goal every year, right? I think it’s better to just focus on being healthy in mind, body, and spirit. It’s nice to have a slim body, but that doesn’t necessarily equal a healthy body. I know women who are obsessed with losing weight, but still eat the wrong foods, overwork themselves, and stress out over little things.
When you focus on having a 100% healthy body, losing weight will happen as a side effect. When I started a vegetarian diet, I didn’t do it for weight loss and was actually surprised when I did lose weight.
2. Pay more attention to what you’re putting in your body
Did you know that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you? This ingredient is in a TON of packaged and processed foods. Whenever I go grocery shopping I almost always look at the ingredients of everything I want to buy to make sure it doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup.
The leading cause of death in the U.S. is still heart disease and that’s because of bad eating habits compounded by stress and other factors. Your body is a temple. You wouldn’t let anyone abuse your body, so why should you?
3. Carve out more time for exercise
I don’t know about you, but the tension and stress melt away when I exercise. I made a vow to myself that I wouldn’t make anymore excuses about not being able to exercise at least 20 minutes every other day. No more, “I don’t have time…” I have plenty of time. (For one, I could probably watch less basketball!)
What excuses are you making about not getting more exercise?
4. Detox your body
We are surrounded by all types of toxins. Every single second we’re bombarded with wifi and cell phone pollution. Plus, there are all the toxins in the air, the food we eat, harsh cleaning agents, etc. All of this affects not just our physical health, but mental health as well. This article offers helpful information and ways to detoxify your body.
5. Spend more quality time with yourself
One thing that I never skimp on is self-care and making time for myself. Have a date with yourself. Go watch a movie, cuddle up in your favorite chair and read a book, have a picnic in the park and just relax by yourself. I feel that women with kids should heed this advice more than anyone. Never feel guilty for wanting a little time for yourself! You need it for your sanity!
6. Get periodic checkups
I am actually really bad at this just because I have an aversion to doctors and hospitals in general. If I can find a good naturopathic/holistic doctor, I will go. I especially think it’s important to have checkups if you have a reoccurring issue.
Forhims.com put together this health infographic that offers a guideline of preventative screening tests for both women and men. Personally, though, I’m not into immunizations, but that’s just me.
I meditate at least 15 minutes every morning before I start my day and it’s done wonders for my mental health. Feelings of anxiety or overwhelm rarely occur, plus I feel more focused and grounded throughout the day. As part of my meditation practice I also incorporate these positive affirmations for health and wellness.
What are your health and wellness goals for 2018? Have any tips to share?