For many of us, the arrival of a new year comes with a renewed sense of focus on our personal health and well-being. It’s terrific that people want to do things that will make them healthier and happier. One thing I caution my patients about, however, is the common mistake of making resolutions that are too challenging, or even impossible, to keep.
When we set unrealistic goals for ourselves, we often end up worse than we started, not better. Setting goals that are manageable is great because when we achieve them we feel a sense of accomplishment that empowers us to continue elevating our goals bit by bit.
With Inclusive Health, we work toward attainable goals as well – making simple lifestyle adjustments that lead to an overall healthier and happier way of living.
Here are some of my favorite attainable resolutions:
- Resolve to commit to better skincare. Start this year off right by taking better care of your skin. Begin working on keeping your resolution with a trip to see a licensed esthetician. Have them complete a comprehensive skin assessment to help you find out your specific skin type and skin concerns. Then ask them to “prescribe” an at home skincare regimen tailored just for you.
- Resolve to get a professional facial monthly. Book a facial with a licensed esthetician every four weeks in 2015. And don’t miss your appointments! Ongoing professional skincare services are as important to your skin’s health as having regular checkups with your doctor is to your body’s health. (Visit our spa locator for a Murad facial near you)
- Resolve to wear sunscreen every day! It’s important to wear sunscreen every day whether we are inside or out and regardless of the weather. Stock your car, handbag and workout bag with travel sized sunscreen and make sure to reapply often.
- Resolve to “eat your water.” Proper hydration is essential if you wish to keep your body and skin healthy because the basic building block of good health is the well hydrated cell.. Make this the year you make a conscious effort to eat your water – one of the most effective ways to improve your cellular water. Incorporate 4 – 7 servings of raw fruits and vegetables into your diet daily. This will not only hydrate your cells, but also give your body the nutrients it needs to build healthier new cells.
- Resolve to try something new. This year, commit to trying new things. Sign up for an art class. Read more books. Or take up yoga. Whatever it is you do, stepping outside of your comfort zone will build your confidence and help you live better.
- Add one healthy habit a week. Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions like “lose 50 pounds” can be overwhelming. But breaking big goals down into small manageable pieces can help ensure success without becoming stressful.
- Resolve to get more sleep. Many studies have shown that a good night’s sleep is important for brain function, cellular health and improved skin. Why not make 2015 the year you commit to improving your sleep? As an average, 7 – 9 hours per night is recommended. And if you tend to toss-and-turn or have restless nights, consider treating yourself to a new mattress and pillow this year to help you sleep soundly the whole night through.
- Resolve to carve out more “me time.” You should be the most important person in your life. Taking some time for yourself to do things you want to do is a healthy practice that can reduce stress and increase cellular hydration. Start with a few minutes a day and build up as you adjust your schedule to reflect your new priorities. Use this time to do something you love, pamper yourself, or meditate. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.
- Resolve to give back. One of the best things we can do for our world and ourselves is to give back. Make giving back a regular part of your life this year by committing to volunteer for a favorite charity.
What new year’s resolution are you committing to in 2015? Share it with us in the comments section.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Click here to learn more about Dr. Murad.