New Year’s resolutions are usually made of fear and desperation. That’s not good fuel for your future.
Instead, try visualizing your future and falling in love with it.
So instead of making another list of resolutions that will probably be forgotten by February, why not focus on one thing at a time? And not just anything: experts recommend focusing on healthy habits that will help you live longer and happier lives—whether it’s getting more sleep or eating healthier food.
Here are eight healthy habits experts highly recommend for 2023:
Find a buddy.
If you’re looking for a way to stay motivated, find a buddy. A recent study showed that people who worked out with a friend were more likely to stick with their exercise routine and complete their workouts.
Finding the right partner is key; if they aren’t compatible with your personality or life situation, it may not work out in the long run.
Start small so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
The experts agree that the best way to stay on track with your resolutions is to start small. Trying to change too much at once can increase stress, pressure, and even depression. It’s setting you up for failure.
Other experts recommend focusing on getting healthy first before worrying about other areas of life later; they say that this will help build momentum towards bigger goals later down the line (when your willpower is strong).
Increase your exercise and spend more time outdoors.
What is the minimum amount of exercise you should be getting? That’s a very good question and one that can vary greatly depending on your age, gender, current health status, and many other factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.
What does “moderate intensity” mean? It means exercising at an intensity where you’re able to talk but not sing while doing it.
For example: If you’re walking briskly around the block while chatting with a friend or listening to music on your phone (not completely engrossed in what they’re saying), then that counts as moderate-intensity exercise.
You don’t have to go for a jog or sprint; just keep moving until your heart rate rises slightly above its resting rate (typically measured by using an activity tracker).
Aim for Adequate Sleep
If you’re looking to improve your sleep quality, it’s important to understand the basics.
First, you need to know how much sleep you need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends around 7-9 hours per night for adults 18-64 years old. If you find that even after getting a full night’s rest your waking hours aren’t as productive as they could be, it might be time for some changes in your routine or habits.
Sleep deprivation can lead to potentially serious health concerns like weight gain, heart disease, and depression.
As an alternative solution for those who want better sleep quality but can’t seem to get enough from their regular schedule: experts recommend creating a consistent routine before bedtime. Decrease evening screen time, reduce light pollution in your bedroom, and watch the caffeine.
There are some nasty comments about self-care out there but how do you help care for others if you’re not at your best?
Self-care isn’t selfish, not in the slightest.
For some people, that might mean going on more hikes or getting more sleep—but for others, it could mean something else entirely. It’s so easy for us to get swept up in our busy lives and take on responsibilities that aren’t really ours (for example: helping someone move their furniture around). Saying no occasionally will give you space to breathe and make sure your own needs are met first.
Meditation is a great way to relax and calm your mind. It also teaches you how to get in touch with your body and mind.
Meditation has been proven as a way to improve mental health, especially for those with anxiety and depression.
Meditation can be done sitting, standing, or lying down, but it’s best if you try each position at first. Once you find one that works for you, stick with it!
Wherever you go, meditation can be done there too!
Cut Back on Alcohol
Cutting back on alcohol is a great idea for several reasons, including but not limited to:
- Lowering the risk of disease and early death.
- Getting better sleep. Researchers have found that drinking alcohol before bed can negatively impact your sleep quality because it lowers the time it takes you to fall asleep but also reduces time spent in REM (the deepest stage) sleep.
So how do you cut back on alcohol? First things first: stop drinking altogether if your goal is total sobriety. If alcohol has become a large part of your life, ask for help and visit Achieve Wellness Recovery. Let them help you with this healthy resolution!
Be More Present
Take time to enjoy the little things that may pass by you each day, such as a beautiful sunset or the sound of birds chirping in the morning.
Instead of focusing on your phone or computer screen all day long, try to be mindful of your surroundings and how they make you feel. Spending your days in this mindset may decrease negative thinking and improve your overall psychological health.
Spending quality time with friends and family can help you become more mindful as well—after all, it’s hard not to be when spending quality time together!
Remember, the important thing is to start small and make sure that you are comfortable with where you are right now.
You don’t want to feel overwhelmed or stressed out by trying too much too soon. It is always best to take things one step at a time and focus on making gradual changes in your life rather than drastic ones all at once (which we all know rarely works).