The New Year is always a time to start fresh and possibly create a new you! If you feel like there are areas in your life you can improve, then its time to start. Use these tips to enhance your mind, body, and your emotional health in the New Year.
1. Get your mind right and be your own friend: Would you ever sit around and pick your friends apart and point out their flaws? Probably not, so why do we do that to ourselves? We are too fat, too thin, not strong enough, not making enough time for our family, and the list goes on and on. We look in the mirror and verbally and internally pick out our flaws and criticize the only body we have. This year for a sound mind compliment your self daily, point out what you have achieved in your day, and surround yourself with people and things that inspire you to be good to yourself. Surround yourself with quotes, images, friends, and family that make you positive and make you want to be the best form of yourself. Keep the vision of being your own friend in your mind.
2. Have a healthy body: First set a goal for your physical health in the New Year. Make sure it is a S.M.A.R.T. goal: specific, measurable, achievable relevant, and time sensitive. Next, make it public. Tell everyone you know about your goals, use social media if you must. I know for myself, while training for a marathon I would tell friends what distance I was running the day before I ran it. When friends would ask how the run went, I knew I did not want to tell them I did not do the run, so I would always complete the run so I would not have to deal with the stress of saying I did not finish my run. Sharing your goals helps you stay on track and hold you accountable.
3. Improve emotional health by doing good: maintaining a state of anxiety, or being unable to leave work stress at work, or being unable to bounce back from a disagreement with a spouse or child only hinders your emotional health. Instead of perseverating on those things, focus on trying to do something good everyday while going about daily activities. Make time for doing or giving, because it makes a difference. If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can always contribute by smiling at strangers on the street. One smile can have a big impact. So be proactive in your emotional health, choose to be happy, choose to make it contagious, and choose to not focus on one bad day or one bad moment in a day.
Crystal Bouchard RD
Punch Kettlebell Gym Dover