Make healthy New Year’s resolutions

By Keira Dagy, Special in the Daily Republic

With 2022 fast approaching, many people are starting to make their annual New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to set goals and intentions for the New Year.

The most common New Year’s resolutions are often around exercise, diet, and weight-related goals like going to the gym, creating a consistent exercise routine, cutting out certain foods, or just trying to hit a benchmark goal. weight loss.

However, many people are all too familiar with the feeling of intense motivation about their resolutions in the first two months of the year and then start to fall behind those initial goals as they go along. year is progressing. This can sometimes be attributed to choosing overly ambitious health goals without creating a plan to achieve those goals, or not choosing goals that genuinely bring joy into their lives. However, there are a few key tips and tricks that can help you create realistic, long-term resolutions to improve your health and well-being well beyond 2022.

New Year’s resolutions are all about making positive change to improve your quality of life. The best ways to make New Year’s resolutions are to set specific, realistic, long-term goals with a plan on how to achieve them. It’s also important to remember that everyone is different when it comes to goal setting: some people are good at making big changes all at once, while others are better at making smaller ones. not. Some are inspired to make new resolutions on the first day based on the New Year, others may feel pressured to have to change their lifestyle on a certain date.

Being able to think through and figure out what you want to improve in the New Year along with the best ways to plan and achieve those goals are the first steps in creating New Year’s Resolutions. Another way to think about resolutions is that are right for you is to not only consider health and wellness goals, but also to think about what makes you happy. Setting goals that elicit a positive emotional response can actually rewire your brain and help maintain those habits for the long haul.

Common New Year’s resolutions that consider mental health and wellness include meditation, journaling, practicing gratitude, playing an instrument, nurturing friendships, as well as working and moving. your body. New Years Resolutions like these that go beyond physical health are just as important as setting fitness goals and can be easier to build long-term habits and style changes. of life.

Meaningful New Year’s resolutions can go beyond common goals of physical health and fitness. Being able to take time during the holiday season to reflect on the personal aspirations and values ​​that are most important to you is the first step towards creating your resolutions for 2022 and beyond. It’s also important to remember that everyone is different and resolutions that work for some people may not work for everyone.

Creating New Years Resolutions that bring positivity and joy into your life is the best way to ensure that they become a habit and a long term lifestyle change. It is also essential to create a plan for how you will achieve those goals and, most importantly, not to get discouraged if you get it wrong.

Making New Year’s Resolutions sets a clear intention of what you want to accomplish before the New Year and beyond, so take some time over the holiday season and make your New Year’s resolutions!

Keira Dagy is project manager at the Community Clinic Consortium, partner of Solano Public Health.

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