With the festive season upon us, it is no surprise that some people have already started reflecting and thinking about how to make 2016 a much better year.
Have you made any resolutions yet?
All of us at Evolve Daily believe that everyone should end 2015 on a positive note by deciding (and of course, taking action) to be happier and healthier in the coming year!
Today, Evolve Daily shows you how you can Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year With These Resolutions:
1) Maintain a healthy diet
Do you have the tendency to reach out for that bag of chips or soda when you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up? The good news is that you’re not alone – we sometimes crave junk food too!
According to Daily Mail, psychologist Dr. Leigh Gibson reveals that junk food cravings are connected to prehistoric times. Back then, the brain’s opioids and dopamine reacted to high-calorie food as a survival mechanism.
“We are programmed to enjoy eating fatty and sugary substances, and our brains tell us to seek them out,” she shares. “Today, we still have the same chemical reactions to these so-called hyper-palatable foods, causing an un-ignorable desire – despite there being less of a nutritional need for them.”
Although it would be ideal to completely cut out the junk food, you might end up feeling miserable and getting cranky. Which is why we feel that adding nutritious food to your diet is a better and more realistic solution.
Instead of depriving yourself of certain items, make an effort to consume more nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean meat. By doing this, the healthy food you eat will balance out the not-so-healthy ones. Over time, you might find that you’ve developed a habit to pick the healthier options on most days!
2) Be kinder to yourself
It’s normal to make mistakes sometimes, as we are only human. Unfortunately, we are our own worst critics and beat ourselves up for not being perfect, or worse, compare ourselves to people we feel are better.
Such negative self-talk is unhealthy, as it has the ability to get you in a bad mood and often leads to stress. If you’ve been too hard on yourself this year, make it a point to treat yourself like how you would treat a friend who’s not feeling too good.
It’s not easy to completely silence your inner critic, but it is important for you to keep trying to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. The next time you make a mistake, take it as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than beat yourself up.
Also, remember that the only person you should try to be better than is you, so work on becoming the best version of yourself rather than one-upping someone else.
When you change the way you think, you’ll cultivate positive thinking and eventually become a much happier person. Apart from that, you’ll find yourself appreciating and treasuring your life much more than doubting your abilities.
3) Get enough rest
We all know that sleep plays a part in helping you function better the next day. However, do you know that getting enough sleep benefits your heart, mind and weight as well?
When you sleep, you’re not only resting, but also improving your memory while strengthening the skills that you picked up while awake. What’s more, your brain will restructure and reorganize them, hence encouraging creativity.
According to experts, you learn something to a certain point with practice. However, when you sleep, you learn it better thanks to a process called consolidation. So the next time you try to master that Muay Thai technique or learn a new language, remember to get enough shuteye for better performance!
Besides that, adequate sleep plays a part in maintaining a healthy weight. Researchers have found that dieters who got more rest lost more fat than their sleep deprived counterparts, who also lost more muscle mass.
4) Kick start an active lifestyle
When was the last time you had a good, intense workout session? Even if it feels like a long time ago, it’s not too late to get back to it! This time, make it a point to stick to a realistic workout regime that you can commit to.
If you haven’t found an activity that you enjoy doing, it’s time to explore your options and try new things – be it Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or strength training. Who knows, you might end up falling in love! And the best part is that you’d reap the benefits of regular exercise while picking up the skills to protect yourself.
Regular exercise not only stops excess weight gain, but also burns calories while combating diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and more. Also, it improves endorphin production, hence reducing stress and ultimately leaving you in a better mood.
Remember, 1 hour is only 4% of your day; so no more excuses about being too busy to exercise.
5) Don’t give up on these resolutions
There might be days when you feel unmotivated to commit to your resolutions, but don’t ever give up on them! When it gets too tough to keep up, try breaking them into realistic, smaller goals and work on progress rather than perfection.
Also, remember why you made those resolutions and started in the first place. We believe that you’ll be able to stick to your resolutions and get into the best shape of your life in 2016!
So let the year ahead be a fresh start and a new chance for you to become the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. Go on, you’ve got this!