Can you believe we’re almost 2 weeks into the new year? Who all set a New Years resolution for 2020?
Setting goals is important. And they say that you’re much more likely to reach a goal if you write it down. Setting aside time at the beginning of each week (or even each day) to “have a meeting with yourself” and intentionally mull over what needs to be done and what you’d like to accomplish that week can do wonders for your productivity and stress levels.
You can be the best goal-setter on planet earth, but if those goals aren’t attainable, it may lead to more disappointment and stress than you would have had originally. Here are some examples of attainable goals you could set this year to improve your overall health and well-being:
- Designate time for self care. You set aside time to clean, to commute, to work… why not set aside time to relieve stress and improve your mindset so you can be a better and happier employee/student/spouse/
parent/friend/etc.? Self-care can take different forms based on what you need at the time, such as reading a book in a bubble bath, taking a hike, disconnecting from your phone all weekend, taking a day trip, or buying your favorite Starbucks coffee.
- Drink plenty of water each day. It improves the health and function of many of your body’s systems and can aid in progressing to your fitness/wellness goals. Not to mention, proper hydration can prevent you from mindlessly snacking when you’re not actually hungry.
- Sleep at least 7 hours per night. Adequate rest protects your health and mindset, yet so few of us do it! Lack of sleep can damage your insulin sensitivity and inhibit muscle gains!
- Fruits and vegetables provide important micronutrients and fiber, and most Americans do not come close to meeting the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables! There is always room for improvement here. 🙂
- Move your body each day. It doesn’t matter what exercise you do- weightlifting, golfing, dancing, yoga, etc. Pick something you enjoy and can adhere to, and commit to doing it regularly!
- Limit phone usage. I know many people use their phone for work, for GPS, or otherwise for productive learning or communication. I’m referring to limiting the mindless scrolling. On the IG app, for example, you can set a time limit for yourself each day, and it will alert you when your time is up.
But it’s also important to remember that January 1st is just a day like any other. If you didn’t set a New Years resolution or if you’ve already “fallen off the wagon” of one you did set, who’s to say that January 13th isn’t just as good a day as any to start working towards your goals and improving yourself?
-Katy, RD, LDN, CPT