Resolutions for Health

Well, here we are at the end of 2014 and it’s New Year’s Resolution time. This is the moment for self reflection, a reckoning of last year’s goals, and a look forward at the goals we want to accomplish in 2015.

First, let’s all agree not to use products that hurt us. That should be a simple decision. Let’s all avoid these chemicals in our personal products:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehydes
  • Triclosans
  • Phthalates

Next, let’s avoid BPA in our food and liquid consumable containers. That means eating less canned foods and reading the recycling labels on plastics.

There are some good things we can add as well. Are you drinking enough water daily? If you don’t like plain water, make 16 ounces of green tea, sweeten with honey and add the juice of one lemon. Sip it throughout the morning. It will help hydrate you and deliver vitamin C and the therapeutic effects of honey and tea. Good for you and tastes great.

Do you get at least a few hours of exercise a week? If not, consider incorporating some small changes into your life. Joining a gym or a group that walks several times a week would be ideal. But even scheduling 15 minutes of stretching or walking twice a day can break up a sedentary morning and afternoon and revitalize your mood and your body.

Let go of at least one negative thing you say to yourself or others. If you are someone who demurs when complimented, stop now. The next time someone says something nice about the way you look, don’t argue with them. Thank them. Period.  No more, “Oh, this old dress?” just a simple, “Thank you so much,” will do it.

Pick someone to encourage. Most of our New Year’s resolutions are about ourselves but how about this idea? Pick a friend or relative who could use a little cheering up and schedule a phone call once a week or an email with a link to a funny video. Or anything you think that would bring a smile to their face.

Let’s face the year ahead with a good attitude and a healthier outlook. Let us know how you are doing on our Facebook page. We care about you!