How Choosing Self-Care Resolutions Can Be Healthy for You
January 26, 2021
Sometimes New Year’s resolutions get a bad rep. Over the years, people often create resolutions that are hard to follow or choose resolutions that are actually unhealthy. These resolutions can include following a fad diet and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. This year, you should create self-care resolutions that are realistic and healthy for your mind and body. We have tips on which resolutions are healthy and how you can achieve them.
Select resolutions that are realistic
Often, people choose resolutions that are unrealistic and they only end up adding more stress to their lives. Unrealistic resolutions include losing 20 pounds in a month, or cutting out all sugar and carbohydrates from their diet. You shouldn’t create resolutions that are unattainable. Instead, try to find resolutions you can achieve one step at a time. Try resolutions you can succeed in doing, such as exercising 2-3 times per week, not every day, or eating more vegetables and less carbs, not giving up all carbs.
Don't give in to fad diets
Fad diets are very common when the New Year comes around. They start trending on social media with posts about people doing them and losing weight. The problem with fad diets is their results don’t always last long. If you cut out all carbs from your diet for a few months, you might lose weight. But, as soon as you reintroduce those carbs and everything else you’ve been cutting back on, you will probably gain all the weight back. It’s important to talk to a nutritionist about what your diet should look like. You want to eat balanced meals and exercise. That’s the best way to get the results you want.
Here are examples of healthy resolutions and how to achieve them
The key to a healthy resolution is choosing a specific goal that is realistic and will also benefit your health. Here are a few examples.
Choose a physical activity you enjoy: This can include yoga, gardening, walking and more! This is a specific goal that is easily attainable and will help you incorporate more exercise into your routine.
Don’t eat out all the time: Eating out throughout the day can be expensive and also bad for your health. Often, restaurants have bigger portions and their meals are higher in calories. Setting a goal to eat out only once or twice a week is a good resolution because it can be easily done all year long.
Practice self-care and meditation: These days, there are many ways to incorporate meditation into your daily routine. You can download a meditation app or buy books on the subject. Practicing self-care and meditation can improve both your mental and physical health.
Social media detox: Do you find yourself spending too much time on social media? A good self-care resolution would be to limit your screen time each day. If you think that you need to cut out social media all together for a little while, then you should do what you think is best for you. There are apps you can download that cut off your social media use after the allotted time you put in. This is a good way to help you get off of social media and engage in healthier activities instead.