Self-Improvement

3 Resolutions That Will Truly Make You A Happier, Healthier Person By Next Year

New York Smash Magazine  




By Kate McKay


Along come the holidays and our schedules begin to fill with obligations, and let’s be real, increased stress.

All this talk of the New Year making you break out in a sweat? This is a perfect time to revisit and recommit to the things that will keep you healthy and fit: clear goals and gratitude.

The biggest myth out there is that we are supposed to do it all: The cooking, the baking, the wrapping, and the caroling — and look flawless while we’re at it. And why is it that we so readily say “yes” to the requests and demands of others and demands, and as a result, we scream “no”  to our own inner gut, derailing our commitment to put our own self-care and health on hold?

It’s time to kiss goodbye the tie between our own sense of worth and what others think. Set yourself free by saying “yes” to self-love as well as your fitness and wellness goals, and a big “see-ya” to self-judgement.

 

Here’s How To Make 2015 The Best Year Yet:

 

• Recommit To Your Goals: You Can Achieve Them

So what if you didn't stick to last year's resolutions? It's never too late to sit down, make a plan, and recommit to your goals.  Image Credit: grazvydas | 123RF.com

So what if you didn’t stick to last year’s resolutions? It’s never too late to sit down, make a plan, and recommit to your goals.
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You want to be fit — you know you do.  You have said “yes” to this goal before. Revisit your original fitness and wellness goals (for example, exercise 45 minutes a day, lose 20 pounds before your reunion, exercise 5 times a week, eat 80 percent clean for increased vitality and energy). Recommit to, or “re-frame” the goals so you can attack and achieve them with increased vengeance. Commit to you. You are totally worth it.

 

• Set Clear Boundaries: Don’t Be Afraid To Be Assertive or Say “No”

You come first! Image Credit: Yuriz | 123RF.com

You come first!
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Practice smiling and saying “no, thank you” in front of the mirror. Each time you say it, do it with more determination and commitment in your voice and manner. Now, try it on co-workers, your kids, and your spouse. Trust me, it gets easier the more you practice it. Now, say “Yes!” and repeat out loud your “YES!”, your commitment to your health, wellness, and your peace of mind. Practice makes perfect. Fall in love with that you in the mirror… “Hey, Gorgeous!”




• Practice Gratitude: It Helps You Stay Healthy and Successful

Stop and think about the things that you should be truly grateful for in life. This healthy mind-set can help you become more successful and feel happier overall. Image Credit: byheaven | 123RF Stock Photo

Stop and think about the things that you should be truly grateful for in life. This healthy mind-set can help you become more successful and feel happier overall.
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Appreciating what you have that is truly good in your life, even on the yuckiest of days, resets you to a greater sense of self-acceptance and joy. Expressions of gratitude, both for your life and also for the people who surround and support you, lay the groundwork to keep your health and wellness goals on task by staying in a mind-set of possibility and appreciation.

Now, that is something to celebrate!