Welcome to a brand new start! Some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions and are in the middle of your action plan. Some of you may have already given them up while others may not have even made any this year. Keep reading for Live Lighter’s first guest article of 2017 by Eileen O’Shannasy who shares with us her approach to resolutions.
The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the past, and make positive changes for the future. While resolutions ranging from weight loss to financial goals can greatly improve your overall health, happiness, and well-being, it is not uncommon to find resolutions being forgotten or left by the wayside within a few months or even a few weeks.
Certain efforts, such as setting more attainable goals, concentrating on the positive benefits that lifestyle changes may provide, and making progress checks from time to time can all make an important difference. Health resolutions that get off to a more positive start are far more likely to be successful in the long run.
Diet and Weight-Loss Resolutions
Weight loss resolutions are among the most popular, and starting a new diet along with the new year may offer many potential benefits. While cutting back on junk food and eliminating empty calories is often an important step when it comes to creating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, many diets are abandoned long before they have a chance to produce results.
Learning how to cook new meals, finding healthy foods that will make a tasty and exciting addition to future menu plans, and discovering new ways to take advantage of the higher energy-levels healthy eating habits will provide can make it much easier to stick to a new diet. Try to come up with specifics for your plan that will keep you motivated to keep trying.
Exercise and Fitness
Maintaining the proper diet and eating the right foods is only one of the cornerstones for a healthy lifestyle. Fitness and exercise are absolutely essential for improving overall health. For those who find it hard to make it to the gym or track on a regular basis, there are plenty of ways to improve motivation which may include: starting a fitness program or workout routine with a friend, seeking out sports and activities that may be more exciting and enjoyable than a basic workout, and taking time to recognize, appreciate, and even reward your accomplishments along the way
Improving Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
While mental and emotional health concerns are often just as important as their physical counterparts, such issues are often overlooked when it comes to finding ways to improve quality of life. From finding effective ways to better reduce and manage stress levels to seeking out a qualified therapist, support group, or enrolling in an addiction treatment center in order to manage or resolve an existing mental-health issues, there are plenty of ways to improve emotional well-being in the coming year.
Identifying the most pressing mental health concerns is often the first step in addressing the issues and problems that may be having a negative impact on health and happiness. Talk to your doctor if you need help identifying your mental health concerns specifically.
Resolutions that involve setting specific financial goals at the beginning of the year can have tremendous long-term benefits. From getting out of debt to making a major purchase, such as a home or vehicle, there are plenty of helpful resources that may play a key role in financial or wealth management. Some of these may include, accounting and financial planning services, debt consolidation loans, and credit accounts designed to improve, repair or establish credit
Sitting down with a financial professional in order to discuss various options or take stock of current circumstances can provide a great deal of useful information. Getting an early start on a financial resolution can also be invaluable. Creating a detailed financial plan at the beginning can ensure that efforts to pay off debt, reach or exceed savings goals, and obtain a better credit score or rating can be done with greater ease and success.
Checking in Throughout the Year
The most common and beneficial health resolutions are often those that are larger in scope. Failing to take stock of progress throughout the year can often make it harder to maintain focus and can increase the likelihood that goals will be abandoned by those who have begun to feel discouraged, lost or overwhelmed.
Setting specific benchmarks ahead of time is a great way to break up a larger goal into smaller and more manageable efforts. Tracking progress throughout the year is a great way to ensure that even the largest and most ambitious of resolutions can get started on the right foot.
Resolving to create a healthier and happier lifestyle can be a difficult undertaking, especially for those who lack access to the resources and assistance that may be required. Working alongside a nutritionist, personal trainer, or even a financial planning service provider can help to ensure that resolutions are more likely to be accomplished. Knowing where to turn to find help, guidance and other forms of assistance can ensure that potential issues and future obstacles are able to be avoided or addressed before they have the chance to grow into larger problems.
About the Author
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.
What are your resolutions/goals for 2017? Did this article help you?