Don’t approach January with a laundry list of do’s and dont’s you ‘hope’ to change this year — actually, change them! Yes, this year is YOUR year, the year of a better you, a more committed you, a _______ you. Hell, I don’t care what ‘blank’ you fill in. It’s about making the resolution and sticking with it.
The most difficult New Year’s resolutions to keep are the ones where you have to stop doing something — eating junk, watching TV marathons, using toxic products, gossiping (that’s gotta stop too), but the simple act of making a resolution sharply improves your chances of accomplishing a positive change by 10-fold.
Replacing these habits with a better behavior can help you commit to your new healthy habit and refocus your energy and attention.
Sheer will-power is overrated, which is why I’m helping you stick with six super-important resolutions this year. Everyone needs a bit of guidance and support, so I’m rooting for your health in 2013!
1. Give Yourself TLC. On your list of things to do, you’re often the last thing penciled in. This year permanent marker yourself at the top. Making time for self-care makes a difference inside and shows on the outside. Maybe that’s flossing daily, sipping soothing tea before work, 10-minutes of reading before bed or treating your tresses with some extra love.
2. Eliminate Toxic Stuff. That means relationships, habits or even the products you use. And while I can’t break up with these bad patterns for you, try eliminating just one toxin from your life this month and stay committed with that. i.e. Stop gossiping about your coworkers or ditch your toxic cleaning supplies and replace them with all natural alternatives. Focusing on one task will minimize your overwhelm.
3. Eat Right. What does ‘right’ mean? Whole foods that are good for your body and free of chemicals you can’t pronounce and additives you want to avoid.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight. A healthy weight isn’t a number on a scale. It’s when you feel phenomenal, look your best and the doctor gives you a clean bill of health.
Bad habits like drinking sugary and chemical-laden soda can put your body in utter chaos and eject you from the healthy weight roller coaster, so quit that shit. Your new mantra is, ‘no artificial junk allowed’.
5. Stay in Shape. Maybe this year you’re determined to snag the centerfold shot in Sports Illustrated or maybe you just want to feel stronger — either way, exercising is a resolution where we’ve got you covered. “No time for the gym” is an excuse you can throw out the window, because there are FREE workout apps and video options available -your iPhone and YouTube are great places to start, so you can sweat to in the comfort of your own home.
6. Give More. Not only does it feel good, but it’s good karma and frankly, the right thing to do. And you’ve almost certainly witnessed the impact of charity work and reaped the positive personal benefits — elevated mood being just one of them.
But above all, the most important healthy resolution you can commit to is…
7. Positive Self-Talk. Our internal dialogue or self-talk, particularly when we’re under stress, may consist of TONS of negativity. And guess what all this negative self-talk gets you? Self-destruction, shitty moods and stressful triggers. Self-shit talkin’ often goes on auto-pilot, so that these messages often appear to be the truth.
When our self-talk is compassionate and encouraging, it enhances your overall wellness, leading to a more positive mindset. Affirmations are a great way to pull a 180 on your negative chatter, as they focus on a specific outcome and might look a little something like this:
What your affirmations might look like
- Use “I” statements, instead of words like ‘should, could, might’ that focus on what you want. ”I enjoy working out and eating healthy” becomes who you are vs. “I should enjoy working out and eating healthy”, which implies pressure.
- Use “I do ___ ” or “I am ___” to keep the statements present oriented vs. referring to a future self that you ‘might’ become. Also stating who you already are or what you already do, can help you ‘fake it until you become it’.
- Your statements should be realistic. While words are very powerful, they aren’t magic, so saying, “I eat healthy”, while you’re double-fisting cheeseburgers isn’t going to work. Sorry. If it did, we’d all be neck deep in a Taco Bell bag.
- And most importantly — affirm often! Write out your list of positive affirmations and repeat them daily, saying them aloud or even while looking in the mirror. Practice makes perfect!
While this list is a pretty damn good start, at a minimum, keep ‘positive self-talk’ on your list. It will help you keep the rest of your healthy resolutions this year (and hopefully, for-EVA).
Here’s to a positively healthy, hot, fit, toxin-free, fill-in-the-blank new you!