Many of us are glad to see the end of 2020! We welcome 2021 with hope and optimism. And if you are like many others, with new goals and resolutions.
Research shows that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. It’s easier to stay committed to your intentions if you can see results. Experts recommend setting smaller goals that can be celebrated and adjusted as you hit milestones. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Try Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a psychological practice that is proven to lower stress levels, reducing harmful ruminating, and protecting against depression and anxiety. Learn more about mindfulness and how to get started.
- Maintain or lose weight. Incorporating small changes into your lifestyle is the best approach to keep off the extra pounds. Learn more about healthy weight.
- Try to eat more fruits and vegetables. Over 90% of adults don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. Don’t like vegetables? Try “sneaking them in” by adding cauliflower rice to a sauce or adding spinach to a smoothie. Learn more about eating a balanced plate.
- Try for 30 minutes of movement a day. If you can’t find 30 minutes try breaking it up into two 15-minute sessions or even six 5-minute bursts. Do laps in your house or try yoga or workout classes online. Tips to move more.
- Invest in yourself and try something new. This past year has been difficult for everyone, but have you ever wanted to try calligraphy, tie-dye, or even woodworking? Check with a local college or recreation program for online classes or search Youtube to find an appropriate program to fit your needs.
- See your doctor. Are you due for a check-up with your primary care doctor, specialist or other health screening? It’s important to stay on a regular schedule, as recommended by your doctor, and we’re here for you. Many physicians continue to offer telemedicine appointments and you’re safe with us. If you are looking for a new doctor call 781-338-7111.