The year 2017 is all set to arrive amidst great fanfare throughout the globe. Amidst gloom of all sorts, the New Year celebrations give us some respite from the numerous issues that continue to haunt us throughout the year.
This is one occasion, when most of us make all sorts of resolutions. Some people resolve to shed weight and become in shape once again after years and years of feasting on oily foods and carbs. Others resolve to make their work life better, while many others resolve yet again to be better husbands and wives for their partners, while many others resolve to be better parents.
There are rarely many people who are able to see their resolves fulfilled. All our wishes require more than resolves. They require us to change the way we live, the way we tend to take our lives and the way we spend our times. This is a tough nut to crack. And if we are able to do it, our lives will change for the better.
Bring some zing in your life
Very often we see many of our colleagues and friends feeling fed up with their lives. Boredom seems to have crept into life like nothing else. They feel bored in their personal life, work life and social life as well. Monotony everywhere seems to have a killing effect on them. “For years, I have asked people I work with, ‘If I had a magic wand and could make anything possible, what would you do and how would you live?” says Dr. Hornor Plumez. “Only a handful of people have told me truly impossible things.” So if you want to write a novel, sign up for a fiction writing class, and start jotting your ideas down in a notebook or on your tablet or computer. If you want to paint, put up an easel and set aside a few minutes each day to play with your watercolors set. Can’t afford a class? It’s a safe bet that you can pull up a free YouTube tutorial that can show you how to fence, master a dance move or knit a scarf.
Sound sleep averaging eight hours
There is no denying the most people suffer from sleep deprivation. People are very stressed, over worked and so the biggest casualty tends to be their sleep. One thing that must be kept in mind is that sleep deprivation rivals obesity and smoking as one of America’s most pressing public health crises. Reports suggest that a disproportionately high number of adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. This is an authentic report by the National Sleep Foundation.
There is no denying that you need to make a resolution at the beginning of the new year that you need to get into the habit of good “sleep hygiene” every evening by sticking to the same bed time and wake up time every day, including weekends. Sleeping in doesn’t help you “catch up” on sleep, and in fact throws your body clock off.
Many people suffer from innumerable health issues merely due to lack of workout and exercises. Sedentary lifestyle tends to make people not just put on substantial amount of weight but also attract different ailments.
Spending a few hours weekly in the gym or on running track will do wonders for your health and wellbeing. Reports suggest that some 37% of Americans made staying fit their top resolution for 2015, according to a Nielsen survey. Those good intentions often fall by the wayside because it feels like there simply isn’t enough time to squeeze in a sweat session. Guess again. You can blast 100 calories in just 10 minutes, according to fitness expert Jenna Wolfe, author of the upcoming book “Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add Up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days.” Just do five to seven rounds of 20 jumping jacks, 20 squats and 20 push-ups. Instead of maxing yourself out to hit the gym five days a week, set up attainable mini challenge, such as walking 10,000 steps a day (which can be tracked on your smartphone) or doing 50 squats every day.
Get rid of stress
Almost everyone is very stressed up these days. This is one thing that has made our lives not just boring but also very disappointing for ourselves. This is especially important for women, who are more affected by conditions like anxiety and depression, and whose hormonal fluctuations due to things like menstrual cycles, childbirth, and menopause, can exacerbate mental health issues, Wider says. She recommends seeking an outlet for your stress that you can rely upon when things are spiraling out of control, like talking things out with a trusted friend or unfurling that yoga mat for some meditation. But you should also know the signs of conditions like anxiety and depression and not be afraid to get help from a professional if you’re struggling with mental health issues. “So many women suffer in silence,” Wider says. They don’t need to.
Be a better parent.
Many parents tend to be spend lots of work and continue to believe they are doing it to give a good life to their children. But this may be an illusion. There is no denying the importance of money and material well-being in our lives. Nonetheless, it is not everything and our kids need us around them more than the money that we tend to accumulate in our bank accounts.
You also need to look away from your expensive gizmos to chat with them. Talking about little things – like sharing an amusing subway story from your commute – is just as important as heavy topics like drugs and sex. “Aim for talking about things that will get them engaged in the discussion (even if it’s not as interesting to you) for a few minutes,” says Dr. Yamalis Diaz at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center. And as for spending more time together, a little goes a long way. Many parenting programs recommend just five minutes a day. “This is just five minutes of time spent with your child doing something that is fun and interesting to them, without trying to teach, correct, or criticize their actions,” says Dr. Diaz. “Just follow their lead and play along.”