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5 Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

Notepad on festive desk with sheet titled "New Year Resolutions"

As a new year approaches, it might be time to look ahead and invite positive changes into your life. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 things that you can do to ring in a healthy New Year:

1. Set Aside Time for Yourself Each Day

As we go about our busy lives, it can be difficult to remember to stop and take a moment for ourselves throughout the day. When we don’t take the time to check in with ourselves we can end up ignoring our needs and feeling run down, irritated and stressed. Researchers conducted a survey on over 800 U.S. medical students enrolled in training programs, which are known for being a highly rigorous and stressful experience. They found that students who engaged in regular self-care reported lower levels of stress and an overall higher quality of life than in students who did not engage in regular self-care.

The good news is that even just 15 minutes a day spent focused on yourself can be beneficial to your health! A study conducted by Harvard scientists reported that people who set apart just 15 minutes a day to focus on clearing their minds showed significant decreases in their blood pressure levels. This can be done with a practice known as "mindful meditation." The website Mindful provides a helpful guide for those who want to learn how to start practicing mindful meditation.

2. Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions for Americans each year is to lose weight. Many times, people will start the year off with a new diet but, as the months roll on, find it difficult to stick with it. In order to maintain a healthy weight and eat a sustainable diet, stay clear of any “fad diets.” These are typically any diets that you see claiming significant weight loss in a short period of time (i.e. “Lose 10 pounds in one week!” etc.). People tend to have difficulty sticking to these types of diets for long periods because they are very restrictive. Restrictive dieting will oftentimes impact your ability to meet your daily nutrient intake requirements and, over time, this can lead to long-term he