Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Firstly, let me start off by wishing you all the very best of health and happiness for 2014! Hopefully you’ve had a wonderful festive season and are now looking forward to an exciting New Year. In order to try and make the most of those feelings of motivation and enrichment that we traditionally have at this time of year, I thought it might be useful to remind ourselves of some the basic healthy New Year’s resolutions that should probably on all our lists!
Snuggle Down Sooner
Although getting more sleep can often be easier said than done, it really is worth making it a priority. The benefits of being well-rested are many and varied and it’s hard to overestimate just how much difference it makes to every aspect of our lives when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. We have more energy (for exercise, work, family life), our metabolisms work more effectively so any weight loss regimes will be more successful and above all this, we feel more resilient and able to cope with whatever life throws at us. Make sure you wind down before bed and try to avoid screen time immediately before you go to sleep.
Lose The Booze
The advice is not to give up alcohol completely (though it’s unlikely to cause you harm should you wish to do so!), but to try and have at least two alcohol-free days each week. Some people find it easier to say they won’t drink during the week, some find it easier to still allow themselves a glass of something every other evening. Only you know what suits your lifestyle, but whatever you choose, it’s good to remember that the advice is to avoid binge drinking (which in the UK is classified as drinking more than eight units a day for men and six units a day for women, especially when consumed over a short space of time and with no accompanying food) at all times, even if you haven’t drunk alcohol on any other night that week.
Make Your Mental Health A Priority
It’s all too easy for us to be aware of our physical health and to notice when we’re carrying a little more weight than we should or when we’re not quite as fit as we’d like to be. It is, however, harder to notice the warning signs that our mental health might need some care and attention. This year, think about what makes you feel happy and relaxed, whether that’s making more time to see friends, having a little more time by yourself, or adjusting your working hours so that your work / life balance is more, well, balanced! Don’t be afraid to talk to someone if you feel yourself becoming stressed or depressed - a problem shared is nearly always a problem halved.
A Change Is As Good As A Rest
We all thrive on new experiences and challenges, even if they feel like too much effort beforehand. Your changes can be as small or as large as you like, but you will feel better if you do something new this year. You could learn a new skill, try a different form of exercise, or experiment with different foods - anything that floats your boat!
My family’s resolution is to make use of our many cook books and try and new dish every week. What will yours be?