With a new year typically comes long lines to return unwanted gifts, mass amounts of leftovers holiday cookies, and sometimes even that dreaded lingering weight gain. The bright side? It's a brand new year.
When New Year resolutions come to mind people often think of the classic ‘go on a diet and lose weight’ type of resolution. Yet 2013 is a chance for you to make some awesome goals in many areas of your life, not necessarily just your body. After all, health comes in an abundance of different forms.
- Physical health. This category of resolutions include weight loss, eating more healthy, joining a gym etc. Start with a smaller resolutions such as incorporating vegetables into your diet on a daily basis, or starting to lift weights a few times per week.
- Mental health. This is a category that isn’t thought of as often when it comes to making a New Year resolution, but it should be. Good mental health is important for things like performing well in your job, and getting enough sleep at night. A good mental health resolution could be to focus on worrying less, or taking 5-10 minutes a day simply to sit by yourself and unwind.
- Social health is an area that can easily blend with mental health, yet is equally and separately important. Social health involves the upkeep of relationships and friendships within your life, and getting an amount of social interaction that is healthy for you as an individual. Resolutions in this area could involve scheduling ‘girls nights’ or attending fun social events within your community.
- Financial health may not be considered by some to be an area of health, yet there is not doubt that one’s financial well-being directly affects other areas of one's health. Making a financial resolution at the beginning of this year, such as saving more or starting to invest, can help to set yourself up for success further down the line.
Regardless of how you go about making your New Year resolutions, take the time to make at least one, and write it down somewhere. It’s always encouraging to have something to strive for, and to look back a year from now and see the journey that it took you on.