We’ve all done it. We make a New Year’s Resolution with good intentions, stick to it for about two weeks, then go back to our old habits. Whether that’s losing weight, eating healthier, or having more fun – they’re usually vague resolutions that are too large to keep.
So, let’s try something different this year. Let’s make a resolution we can keep that’s also healthy. The key to turning it into a habit is keeping it small and having an actual goal.
Here are a couple of ideas. View the full list of 23 realistic resolution suggestions.
- Cut back on sweetened beverages: Sugary drinks are linked to an increased risk of obesity, fatty liver, heart disease, insulin resistance and cavities. Start small by eliminating one soda a week or by cutting back on the amount of sugar you put in your coffee.
- Limit screen time: Too much TV or time on our phones isn’t just bad for kids. Research shows spending too much time on electronic devices, especially scrolling through social media, is linked to depression, anxiety and loneliness in youth and adults. Set a goal to cut back on unnecessary phone time. Try setting screen time limits on your cell phone or putting your phone away during certain hours of the day.
- Take a vacation: Healthy doesn’t just apply to food and exercise. Taking a vacation is good for reducing stress and increasing your overall happiness and well-being. Whether it’s traveling to your favorite spot, exploring a new location or just planning a staycation, pencil in some time for yourself in 2022.
At Washington Regional Medical Center, we’re here to help you be your healthiest this year. To schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider, call 252-793-4135 or go online: https://www.washingtonregionalmedical.org/request-appointment/