Every new year, there are a number of common resolutions that we all vigorously try to stick to, but like so many things if life, it’s easy to lose track.
So much so, it’s become common for people to not bother setting a resolution, knowing that by mid-January, all will be lost. But setting the right goals can make a difference - whether you’re able to keep your resolutions or not.
Do you want to quit smoking?
When you’re setting this as your primary goal, it can seem like a daunting task. What you really desire is to be healthier, look younger and spend less money on unnecessary habits. And when you have the right goal in mind it can be easier to achieve it.
When you set goals with intent, you should prepare for them by searching for the necessary support. Be it a pharmaceutical approach with nicotine patches or gum, partaking in regular sporting activities, expert counseling or new routines to make it easier for you to keep up with your resolution.
Do you want to lose weight?
Some resolutions can be impaired by the way you consider them from start. And this one is a classic; it depends on you taking yourself into negative consideration. According to motivational speaker Mike Robbins (author of “Focus on the Good Stuff” and “Be Yourself: Everyone else is Already taken”) you are setting yourself to a lot of pressure and under a negative fixation, putting yourself in a place of permanent worry and obsession.
So take a step back and understand why it is that you want to lose weight. Your intention behind that goal is the experience of being healthier, more balanced, loving or joyous. Find what your intention is and then you can set and measure the goals.
Apply the necessary actions to keep up with the goals. Start with the aid of a nutritionist who can design a meal plan for you - stick to it to avoid temptations (mid afternoon snacks or late night munchies, for example). Track your progress constantly to keep your motivation.
The only new year resolution you need: be happy!
The relation between the ability to grow new brain cells and its relation to diminishing depression symptoms is clearer than ever, studies show. Renewed brain cells represent health, youth and joyfulness, and these are the most common ideals of happiness.
Despite the common belief that adults do not have neurogenesis (the ability to produce new neurons), the truth is, we are always producing new brain cells and these have enormous impact on aging and the way we behave and feel.
The good news is that according to neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret, there are certain activities that can increase the level of cell production.
To have production of neurons you need stimulation, such as learning or running, while sleep deprivation and stress can diminish the brain’s ability.
Eating the right foods that increase the intake of flavonoids, such as dark chocolate or blueberries for instance, are said to actually increase neurogenesis. Omega-3 rich foods such as salmon can also help improve the production of new cells.
Other foods however, can cause damage to your brain and prevent neuron survival and production, such as alcoholic beverages, high saturated fat foods and processed sugars.
So this new year, set ideals, determine goals and track your achievements. Choose to eat well, be active and healthy as a means to a greater goal: having a very happy new year.