New Year, True You: A Simple Guide to Real Resolutions That Last

It’s that time of the year again when many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions and how to make them last. We often choose resolutions like losing weight, getting organized, saving more money, enjoying life to the fullest, or staying fit and healthy. However, what if there were one simple resolution that could encompass all of these goals? Choose health.

When you focus on overall health, many other aspects of life fall into place like weight management, mood balance, increased productivity, reduced stress, and improved work-life harmony. It’s true that only a small fraction (eight percent) of people stick to their resolutions, but by following a healthy pattern for around 30 days, you are more likely to succeed in the long run.

Need Some Guidance? Consider a Functional Medicine Practitioner or Health Coach

To boost your chances of success, consider hiring a health coach or functional medicine practitioner to help you create a Personalized Health Management Plan (PHMP). This approach focuses on achieving balance in your eating habits, thoughts, and lifestyle choices.

How to Tell if Your Life is Imbalanced

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you getting 5-9 hours of restful sleep each night?
  • Do you wake up refreshed and energetic, ready to take on the day?
  • Does your energy last throughout the day without feelings of sleepiness, fatigue, or exhaustion?
  • Can you focus on your tasks for hours without getting distracted?
  • Are your emotions generally calm, and can you easily cooperate with others to achieve your goals?
  • Do you have a consistent exercise plan that leaves you feeling more energized?
  • Are your sex drive healthy and your relationships fulfilling?

If you answered no to any or most of these questions, it could mean your health is out of balance.

Steps to Improve and Maintain Your Overall Health

Here are some suggestions for creating a Personalized Health Management Plan that works for you:

  1. Think positively and surround yourself with supportive people.
  2. Take baby steps. Start small and adjust your strategies as needed.
  3. Connect with nature. Being outside can help reduce stress and improve mental clarity.
  4. Laugh every day. Aim for at least seven minutes of laughter daily.
  5. Plan your meals and snacks. Prepare healthy options ahead of time and avoid processed foods.
  6. Detoxify your body and home. Rid yourself of harmful substances in your environment and diet.
  7. Ditch crash diets. Focus on consistent, healthy eating habits instead.
  8. Stay open to learning and creativity. This can help with memory and cognition.
  9. Stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day can provide numerous health benefits.
  10. Enjoy meals with others and eliminate distractions, like electronics or work tasks.
  11. Give back. Volunteering or helping others can improve mental well-being.
  12. Prioritize sleep. Aim for consistent, restful nights.
  13. Embrace meditation. It’s proven to work, even according to Harvard!
  14. Engage in daily exercise. Physical activity is vital for overall health.

By focusing on these steps and creating a Personalized Health Management Plan, you can take control of your well-being and enjoy a brighter, healthier future. Remember, the choice is yours – make a commitment to health this year and experience the positive ripple effect across all aspects of your life.