2018 is officially under way, and with the new year comes reflection and excitement for new changes ahead. For many, the new year can be a great time to set personal intentions for improving various aspects of one’s health, whether for physical health, mental health, or emotional health.
While losing weight is commonly considered to be the most popular New Year goal, not every health intention needs to be centered around weight loss or a number on a scale. Ditch resolutions that may be unrealistic and that lack a concrete plan on how they will be seen through to completion. Are you looking for intentions you can set for the upcoming year to improve your mental, emotional, and physical wellness? These intentions may be the perfect ones for you to try. They’re simple, easily customizable for your own life, and will leave you feeling happier and healthier all year long.
Consciously reflect each day about what you are grateful for.
“Stop and smell the roses” is a saying we’ve all heard a thousand times, but it holds a sentiment that when practiced can bring both your mind and body significant health benefits. This year, make it an intention to consciously reflect each day on the little things that happened for which you are thankful. You can do this in many different ways- whether it’s by taking a minute to jot down a few things in a journal, or by making the effort to tell people why you are grateful for them in your life. Expressing daily gratitude not only improves your mood, but also significantly improves your physical health as well. Need proof? Here are 3 science-backed reasons why you should commit to practicing daily gratitude to help to boost your overall health.
Go meatless, just one day a week.
We’re all about promoting healthy, well-rounded diets, and we know that there’s no one way of eating that works for everyone. However, one thing we can all agree on is that incorporating more veggies into your diet can bring about big health changes. Skipping the meat in favor for produce-packed meals just once a week is a tiny change with big impacts and implications. Not only will you be making an impact on the environment, but you’ll also benefit your health. Want to learn more? Here are 7 reasons to go meatless even for just one day a week– and some delicious meal ideas to get your creative cooking juices flowing.
Ditch the diet- and focus on eating the rainbow.
Thankfully, the conversation around dieting has made a dramatic shift to one around mindful and intuitive eating, moderation, including nutrient dense foods, and steering clear of labeling foods as “good” or “bad.” Forget counting calories, and instead focus on creative ways to pack fruits and vegetables from all colors of the spectrum into your diet. Not only will you be getting a wider range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but you’ll get to expand outside of your comfort zone. You may find delicious new foods and meals that become staples in your kitchen.