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Practical Resolutions for a Happy – and Healthy – New Year

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A new year often signifies a fresh start for many people. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine.

Don’t Make Vague Resolutions

However, more often than not, the health and wellness resolutions chosen are highly restrictive and unsustainable, leading most people to break their resolutions within a few weeks. This is why many people make the same resolutions year after year.

So don’t make vague resolutions, set goals and make your targets realistic. I mean, “wanting to be more active” is a bit vague- rather decide to always take the stairs and to go for a walk on the beach once a week. That is practical and doable.

And always remember, health is much more than a number on a scale.

Quick Tips for a Healthy New Year

  • Practice mindful eating. These days, it’s common to chow down with your eyes glued to a screen, but eating when you’re distracted leads to overeating.
  • Chill out and rest up
  • Adopt an attitude of gratitude
  • Find 30 minutes a day to walk
  • Take the stairs
  • Eat more whole foods
  • Get more quality sleep
  • Eat more plant based food – start with a meatless Monday
  • Drink more water

Stick to a Healthy Diet

Fad diets don’t have a high success rate. The best thing to do is to simply stick to a healthy diet. Yes this includes allowing yourself some treats. Regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, a balanced diet will help you get there. Cut down on sugar and limit carbohydrates, such as breads, pastas, pastries, and starchy vegetables. Get a smart lunch box from Household Plastic and pack a healthy, nutritious lunch rather than buying fast food.

Get Moving

Gym or organized sport are not for everybody, so the aim here is to just get up off the couch or from your desk and move a bit more. Why don’t you take a dance class, or go for a walk at lunch time?

Good Sleep is Essential

In this connected world of ours, try to disconnect while you are in your bedroom. A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Try to sleep and wake at consistent times and cut out the caffeine late in the day.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness has great health benefits are many—from decreased stress to increased focus. Yoga and meditation are two ways to cultivate mindfulness, but crafts, like knitting and crocheting, or building puzzles can also help. Another mindfulness tip is to add Mindfulness Minutes. Just put down your phone, take a break or pause your TV for sixty seconds and take time to breathe deeply and reset.

So don’t get discouraged over any relapses or lapses in the healthy behavior. Just try again. Keep yourself attentive and motivated, and hopefully that resolution becomes a habit.

At Household Plastic we stock a variety of brands of quality products at a good price. This should help your peace of mind for healthy new year.

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