Helping you stay healthy: 6 Healthy New Year's wellness resolutions you can keep
10 January 2024
As we start the new year, many people are resolving to make changes in their lives. For 2024, a new survey from Forbes Health showed the top priorities for people are physical health, mental health, and finances. While we all have the best of intentions, it’s not always easy to stick to resolutions — especially if the chosen resolutions are not realistic or sustainable.
Providence Health Plan (PHP) is committed to caring for the well-being of individuals, ensuring that their health is prioritized and supported. To help you create New Year's resolutions for lasting mental and physical health, we put together a list of realistic, manageable resolutions that still ensure a positive impact on your overall well-being throughout the year.
Incorporate physical activity into daily life:
Aim for consistent, moderate physical activity. This could be as simple as taking regular walks, incorporating short exercises into your daily routine, or finding an enjoyable physical activity that suits your lifestyle. The key is to make movement a natural and integrated part of your day.
PHP members can access digital fitness apps, gym memberships and more with One Pass Select™ — a digital fitness membership and well-being network.
Embrace mindful eating:
Focus on mindful eating habits. Pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues, enjoy each bite, and choose nutritious foods that make you feel good. Developing a healthy relationship with food can lead to sustainable changes in your diet without the pressure of strict resolutions.
Providence’s professional health coaches have created resources to help you move more, find smart ways to lose or manage weight and navigate the latest information on health and well-being trends. You can get advice on how to create sustainable lifestyle changes by listening to the Health Bites podcast.
Cultivate positive mental habits:
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Instead of setting generic goals like "be happier," focus on specific habits that contribute to a positive mindset. Consider incorporating practices such as mindfulness meditation, gratitude journaling, or engaging in activities that bring joy. These small habits can have a profound impact on your overall mental well-being.
Build a support system:
Social connections play a vital role in mental health. Prioritize building and nurturing relationships in the new year. Make an effort to spend quality time with loved ones, join clubs or groups that align with your interests, and seek support when needed. A strong support system can make it easier to navigate life's challenges.
Set realistic work-life boundaries:
Balancing your work and personal life is crucial for overall well-being. Establish dedicated work hours, take breaks, and make time for activities outside of work that bring you joy and relaxation. Finding a sustainable balance will contribute to both your mental and physical health.
This New Year let's prioritize realistic, sustainable resolutions that contribute to better mental and physical well-being. Small, consistent changes can lead to significant improvements over time, creating a foundation for a healthier and happier life. Remember, the journey toward better health is a marathon, not a sprint, so choose resolutions you can keep for lasting positive change.
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