As the New Year approaches, many of us are feeling exhausted and overfed from weeks of holiday celebrations. We are bloated, dehydrated and likely a little depressed that all the festivities are coming to a close along with the paid time off. While you’re enjoying the last few days before it’s back to the grind, take some time to contemplate your goals for 2013. Whether it’s fitting into your skinny jeans, or dropping a significant number of pounds, most resolutions revolve around weight-loss. This year I challenge you to think beyond short-term resolutions when it comes to your health and to take a more holistic approach to your wellness in general. Use the tips below to set yourself up for success in 2013!
1. Slow down and rest. Because most of us spend the holiday season running around from one obligation to another, we tend to be sleep deprived. In order to focus on your goals for the New Year, you need to be well rested. It’s impossible to think clearly when you’ve been neglecting sleep, so take advantage of these last few days off from work by sleeping in and taking naps.
2. Contemplate the past year. In our fast paced, perpetually connected society time flies by at an alarming rate. Too often, we don’t relish in our successes or evaluate our failures because we don’t allow ourselves any downtime. Take some time to think about experiences you’ve had over the past year and use this exercise as a way of deciding what you want more and less of in 2013.
3. Think about the big picture. Most people focus on short-term goals, such as loosing 10 pounds or make resolutions that are too hard to stick with. A more powerful resolution would be to create a healthier lifestyle, which looks beyond a quick-fix diet and focuses on making changes that last. Break your goal into small manageable segments so that you don’t get discouraged along the way.
4. Examine all areas of your life. Your health and wellbeing depends on more than just a number on the scale. Evaluate all areas of your life such as your career, spirituality, physical activity and relationships in order to approach resolutions from a well-rounded perspective. Make goals for each area in order to create true health.
5. Put pen to paper. Something magical happens when you put things on paper. As you contemplate your goals and aspirations for the New Year, write them down. Whether it’s in a journal or on your refrigerator, make sure your list is in a place where you will be reminded of it often.
6. Create a vision. Envision your goals for the New Year and spend time meditating on them. This is a trick that pro athletes and A-list celebrities use for attaining their goals. The more detailed you are, the more powerful your vision becomes. Having a clear vision provides a roadmap for all that you desire to achieve.
What are your goals for the New Year? Do they involve having a healthier lifestyle? If so, join Joyful Health & Wellness for our New Year whole foods cleanse. Commit to two weeks of clean eating in order to reset your body and prepare yourself for a healthy and prosperous 2013. Sign up by December 31st, to receive a special holiday discount.
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!