New Year, New Habits: Building Healthy Resolutions That Last

New Year, New Habits: Building Healthy Resolutions That Last

  December 27, 2023

SEB Marketing Team

Once again New Year’s is right around the corner and with it, the opportunity for a fresh start and the chance to embrace healthier habits that stand the test of time. Resolutions inspire us to be healthier and happier with each passing year. This year, let’s move beyond short-lived promises and step into habits that are built to last, keeping the positive change happening all year long.

Building healthy habits will not only help you feel great, but they will also help you stay healthy. While it can be a challenge to start something new, a few steps can help your resolutions become your new “normal.”

First, have a plan. When will you begin a new healthy habit or end an old, bad habit? Have you considered why you are doing it? Having a good reason can keep you motivated.

Next, stack the new habit on an old habit. For example, if you are already keeping a timer for a stretch check in, then add another easy-to-do habit such as drinking some water. Habit stacking has been proven as an easy way to introduce change.

Lastly, praise yourself when you do the new habit and give yourself a break if you miss it. We all love to be acknowledged for our efforts, so when trying something new make sure to recognize your own success. Habits are not made with sweeping changes, but with small micro-movements. Every time you acknowledge your success, you increase the likelihood of wanting to do it again.

Here are some resolutions to try out and how to support yourself in making them your new ‘normal.’

Mindful Eating Mastery: Mindful eating is paying attention to what is going on in your mouth. Instead of focusing on diets, focus on savoring each bite, listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and make nourishing food choices. It’s about fostering a positive relationship with food that lasts a lifetime. Actionable Strategy: Introduce a mindful pause before reaching for seconds.

Daily Dose of Movement: Movement is vital to your overall health and well-being. Consistency is the key to this habit. Find a few activities you enjoy – walking the dog, stretching, dancing, etc. and work them into your daily life. Actionable Strategy: Set a timer 3 times a day for movement and water. This will help integrate activities you enjoy into your routine.

Hydration Happiness: Water not only feeds the body, it also supports healthy brain function. Keep a water bottle within reach, experiment with infused water for added flavor, and aim to meet your daily water intake goals. Actionable Strategy: Establish a routine of drinking water at specific times, making it a habitual part of your day for long-term health benefits.

Mindful Tech Timeouts: Often overlooked, stress from tech effects our mood and our eyesight. Having specific periods where you disconnect from screens and engage in activities that nourish your mind and soul such as reading, spending time outdoors, or practicing mindfulness can be very helpful for your overall health and wellbeing. Actionable Strategy: Designate tech-free periods during your day. Create a schedule that includes dedicated time away from screens, allowing you to engage in activities that nourish your well-being.

Quality Sleep Commitment: Everyone knows how important sleep is for well being, but not everyone gets the sleep they need. This year, try some simple changes such as no tech an hour before bed or a regular sleep schedule. Actionable Strategy: Schedule a regular bedtime and wake-up time to add more consistency to your routine. Also consider, designating your bedroom as a screen-free zone. Create a charging station outside the bedroom, allowing you to disconnect from electronic devices and establish a tranquil sleep sanctuary conducive to quality rest.

Gratitude Journey: Gratitude is a mindset that keeps us from taking things for granted. Reflecting on the good in your life promotes mental well-being and encourages a more optimistic outlook. Actionable Strategy: Commit to acknowledging at least three things you’re grateful for each day, cultivating a habit that reinforces positivity.

Limiting Sugar Intake: While it might taste delicious, sugar is one of the worst things we indulge in. Small, sustainable changes in your diet can lead to long-term health benefits. Actionable Strategy: Before reaching for a sweet treat, try drinking some water first. Also, try swapping out one sugary snack for a healthier alternative, ensuring a sustainable shift towards a lower-sugar lifestyle.

As you approach the New Year, remember that the essence of lasting change lies in actionable commitments – progress not perfection. Choose small, positive changes, that you can add on to the great things you are already doing and celebrate each milestone along the way. By focusing on sustainable actions, you’re not just making resolutions – you’re embracing a journey of continuous growth and well-being. Here’s to a New Year filled with healthy habits that truly stick!