Start fresh this year with a new outlook on life to your health and vitality each and every day. This top-10 list of positive affirmations can help get you started.
There is no better day than today to embrace a healthier lifestyle. The affirmations below may not feel true at first, but the more you work with them, the more powerful their influence can become.
Feel good about yourself and you'll be well on your way to better overall health and well-being. With the right attitude, the road to achieving your goals and becoming successful gets easier.
You spend a big chunk of your life at work, so why not make it meaningful. Focus on the most important tasks and make sure you enjoy what you're doing. Some tips to be more productive at work —and home— include:
Breaking News: People who move more tend to live longer. Staying physically active benefits your overall health and can help prevent many chronic diseases. Partner up with a friend or family member and get moving.
Along with physical activity, your diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding many major chronic diseases. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend:
Reducing stress matters for your overall health—both physical and mental. Here are a few tips for relaxing and letting stress melt away.
You can also chase away stress with a good laugh. Even a simple, genuine smile has been shown to help offset tension and negative thoughts. Three ideas for bringing humor into your life:
Making an appointment with yourself to do something that brings a smile to your face:
The pursuit of happiness is a something so basic that it's been ingrained in American values since our founding. Try the following tips to be happier and more fulfilled:
Affirmations are a good way to change your thinking patterns, but if you find that you're frequently feel unhappy, you are not alone. You can contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) any time for expert advice on your emotional well-being, including concerns related to depression.
By taking time to appreciate even the small things life has to offer —the sights, the sounds, meaningful encounters— you can begin to highlight the good around you. Where we choose to place our attention and focus enlivens those areas, so make an effort to look at what you know is good —even if it is small.
The journey to a better you should be fun and joyful. Be mindful that you can't do everything at once, so choose one area at a time. You can create a gratitude journal identifying three things you appreciate about your life, while also making a daily checklist of the small improvements or steps you can take towards your goals.
Committing to a simple change is easier and more effective than a major overhaul. So, for example, aim to lose 5 pounds this year—not 35. Or, get 30 minutes of physical activity in each day—not an hour and a half. You can always create tougher goals later after you've achieved and celebrated your first goal.
All hope is not lost after a minor misstep. Skipping one workout, for example, is no reason to forgo your entire fitness plan. It's never too late to get back on track. Think of every day as a new opportunity to reset and start up again.
When you decide what you want to change about your life and how you'll want to make it a reality, always be flexible to the current situation. For example, if you're making healthy food choices, there's no need to ditch your friends if they're going out to eat—simply skip the appetizer, order something light, save half for later, and pass up dessert. Any of these simple modifications can help you continue towards your goal.
Behavior change can be difficult. Doing things you enjoy, however, can make it a bit easier. Find ways to include things you already enjoy that align with your resolutions. If you love fruits, put them on your salad or have them replace your dessert. Also if there's something that starts to be a chore, think of a way to make it more enjoyable—like listening to your favorite music while taking your daily walk.