It is hard to believe another year has come and gone! Most people find the new year as a time to start fresh, set goals, and begin new habits, specifically with their health. If you are one of those people, we’re here to help!
Registered dietitian Abby Harris, MS, RDN, gives us five tips to help get you started in the New Year for a New You! To make things even easier, she has provided 5 easy-to-make anti-inflammatory dinners, complete with a grocery list, to make meal planning even easier this week. Now, let’s take a look at Abby’s New Year, New You Tips:
01 Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
According to one study, only 8 percent of people meet their New Year’s Resolutions. Pack Health likes to follow the S.M.A.R.T. method when setting goals. Following this method will increase the likelihood of meeting them and maintaining them over time. So let’s take a look!
S – Specific: You are more likely to meet your goals if they are detail and specific.
M – Measurable: Your goals need to be measurable so you know if you’ve met them or not. For example, I will run a 5k this year.
A- Attainable: Make sure you have the resources, skills, and attitude to meet your goal. Set resolutions that make sense for you.
R – Realistic: Identify what is important to you this year and build your goals around that.
T – Timeline: Be sure to set a timeframe for your goal. For example, I want to run a 5k in 4 months.
02 Practice Positive Thinking
Believe it or not, your outlook on life can have an effect on your resolutions and your success in achieving them. Positivity can also improve your health and well-being. According to the Mayo Clinic, optimism has been associated with reduced deaths in cardiovascular disease, less depression, and increased life-spans. One of my favorite ways to channel positive thoughts is to begin a gratitude journal. Writing down what I am thankful for allows me to focus on the good, even during difficult times. Secondly, surround yourself with positive people. As the old saying goes, smiling is contagious. And as I like to add, so is your attitude!
03 Get Organized
This year, take steps to get organized. It may seem counter-intuitive but having structure can create more freedom in your life. Head to an office store or look online for a new planner or calendar so you can have your appointments, meetings, and activities in one place. Also, begin the habit of writing in you Pack Health Day Tracker. Writing down your food and exercise will offer accountability and keep you focused on your health goals. If you have completed the tracker sent to you, your health advisor will gladly send you another one!
04 Take Time for Self-Care
Life can get busy with work, family obligations, and doctor’s appointments. The busier and more stressed we are, the less we prioritize ourselves. This year take time to focus on you and give yourself a little TLC. Your mental and physical health will be better for it. Here are a few of my favorite ways to practice self-care.
- Eat healthily and mindfully.
- Move your body.
- Read a good book.
- Unplug from social media.
- Go for a walk or hike.
- Schedule time with friends.
05 Connect with your Health Advisor
As I mentioned previously, the holidays can be a very busy time for us all! If you have not connected with your Health Advisor in awhile, we completely understand! Take the new year as a time to reconnect. Accountability is key to reaching your goals! We are here and ready to provide the support and resources you need to make 2019 your healthiest year yet!
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