Making healthy resolutions is an important part of the New Year. We strive to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose those few pounds we gained over the holidays. But maybe we should try a different approach for 2014. Instead, try making resolutions to help not just your physical health, but your mental health as well.
Resolutions for a Healthy Mind:
1. Get more sleep. It is recommended that most adults get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Getting less can lead to increased appetite, anxiety, and memory loss. Try turning in early and catching some extra zzz’s to stay healthy.
2. Pick up the phone. Being social increases happiness, or so studies say. Make a friend’s day by surprising her with a phone call. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation. Just a short chat can increase well-being for you both.
3. Clean up. They say that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, and there’s some truth to it. Discarding things that you no longer need or use will not only keep your home more organized, but will leave you feeling re-energized and content.
4. Make resolutions. It seems funny to make a resolution about making resolutions, but making new resolutions throughout the year makes you feel accomplished and goal-oriented. So keep a journal of your goals, and keep adding.