New Year

On the night of December 31st, after the countdown and you blurt out the words “Happy New Year” you realize that you are bidding adieu to the past year and saying hello to the new year. Once everything is settled and the fireworks are done, most people will start planning their year including their new year’s resolutions, and losing weight will always be on top of the list. Do you ever wonder why?

Why is losing weight the number one new year’s resolution?

 

Most people who are following a strict diet or not is maintaining a weight goal or is overweight, etc. list losing weight as their new year’s resolution because they feel guilty that they enjoyed during the holidays not doing anything apart from eating what they want and most of the time it is categorized as unhealthy either by the amount or type of food they consumed.

But most people don’t realize that eating what you don’t eat regularly during the holidays is part of being human and is part of rewarding one’s self as long as you don’t go overboard of course. As the saying goes, everything should be in moderation.

You are more than your weight

 

A number on your scale should not be the only basis of your worth as an individual. Your worth as a person, your relationships, your happiness, and your mental health should not be defined by your weight because you are far more than that. Instead of only focusing on losing weight, try to be specific about your goal.

Do you only want to see the numbers go down every single time you step on that scale? Or do you have a bigger and deeper agenda? Let’s not forget that a lower number on the scale does not equate to how healthy you are. We need to always remember that even though there are scales that are already advanced which can show multiple measurements such as body fat and etc., we need to always keep in mind that a certain individual can technically lose weight by just eating junk food. 

What should be the main goal of my New Year’s resolution if it’s not my weight?

Aiming for a lower number on the scale is motivating and it is something that a certain individual can be proud of especially when that is the one thing that they have been struggling to do for a long time. But we need to always remember that there’s more to that number. 

You need to start by asking yourself, “What actually happened in the last year?” “What are the new things that I learned and tried?” “What are the things that I achieved?” By listing all of those things and making yourself aware of what actually happened, it gives you a good idea of where you are at when it comes to your goal and what you actually achieved. 

If losing weight was part of last year’s aim and it did not happen or did happen but wasn’t as successful as how you want it to be, ask yourself why and what was the reason behind it failing. By understanding it, instead of making yourself focus on the numbers on the scale, focus on the other things that you can do to improve it. 

 

Alternative resolutions

 

Creating healthier habits

This year, starting to create healthier habits will help improve not just your weight but holistically. By making sure you eat a balanced meal, do exercise, get enough sleep, and make sure you give yourself time to relax is a good start. There are other things that you can do to help yourself attain a healthier version of yourself this 2022.

Healthier Mindset

Stress is a part of life and it is the one constant thing that will never go away. By making sure that you practice a healthier mindset meaning you give yourself time to breathe and relax after a very stressful day will help balance the mental health state. Knowing when to switch off from all of the things that are happening in the world and making sure you give yourself a break is a healthy way of taking good care of yourself.

Develop A New Routine

If last year your evenings are made for Netflix and chill, maybe this 2022 you can change that routine. It doesn’t mean you need to get rid of the movie nights but trying to develop a new routine like reading a book on some nights instead of watching can give you a different perspective of how your nights should be spent. Reading a book that you are interested in will also help you grow personally and learn new things.

Prioritizing What Matters

This 2022, it is no secret that we are still experiencing a global pandemic and most people in the world aren’t able to see their families. Making sure that we prioritize what we think matters most and connecting to our loved ones will help us go through these difficult times. It doesn’t need to be daily but to give ourselves that kind of prioritization will help aid our overall emotional state.

Discipline

Before you start any alternative resolutions, make sure you come to the terms of changes which means discipline. A certain goal will never be achieved unless you make sure you do whatever it takes to be able to achieve that success.

Remember this

There is no overnight job when it comes to any resolutions that you want to set yourself up for the year or in whatever you do. It will need a lot of patience and determination together with discipline to achieve what you want to achieve. 

Albert Einstein is well known for his contributions that helped change the world but all of these contributions were a product of hard work and dedication. The same goes for all of the things that we want in life and our goals. 

If you need more information about how to start creating healthier habits and the like, you can always contact one of our Safe Hands nurses and they can give you more information.

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