It’s the first week of the New Year – are you working on your New Year’s resolutions? So often we make the same resolutions year after year, “I’ll lose 25 pounds!” or “I’ll quit smoking for good!” only to find ourselves frustrated when we lose track soon into the New Year. Instead of losing focus on your goals, what about feeling better about yourself this year? Try resolutions that aim at increasing your overall health and happiness, as opposed to making huge goals that may not be feasible, and you’ll see noticeable improvements in your body and mind throughout the year.
Carolyn Butler of the Washington Post recently reported in her article, “Some Other New Year’s resolutions to make you healthier and happier in 2012”, that New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be unrealistic, “Instead of making those same old health-related New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight or quitting smoking – promises that most of fail to follow through on – I decided to ask some experts to think outside the box for 2012 and recommend smaller changes that can also have a big impact on your well-being. “ As reported in the article, Butler found that experts recommended a broad range of improvements, including working on brain exercises to improve focus, making small dietary changes (including adding more fiber), getting more sleep, and improving your relationships.
The experts interviewed by Butler agreed that when it comes to being successful with your resolutions this year, it’s important to be realistic about goals and consider working on small changes that can add up over time and turn into healthy habits. If you find yourself already becoming overwhelmed with your resolutions, try taking another look at your list. Are your resolutions truly for your benefit? How will changing your behavior improve your overall well-being and general health? When you look at the big picture and handpick smaller goals for yourself, you’ll be on the right path for improved mental and physical health in 2012.