Self Care Goals for the New Year
If there's anything that we've learned in 2021, it's not to take our health for granted. In 2022, a renewed focus on your own lifestyle and priorities may be top of mind.
It’s time to get serious about your 2022 resolutions. Whether you want to work towards a healthier body and a richer mind, calm down and ease stress, or create more organization in a crazy life, we want to see you succeed. Every year the top resolutions are related to self improvement and self care. As helping people achieve wellness is an integral part of our mission, here is a tip for success.
The key to successful resolutions is setting goals that come from positive desires versus negativity or guilt.
What does that mean? An example is when someone is determined to exercise more and eat healthy. While these have potential to be great resolutions, they can fail if driven by negative body image, insecurity or not fitting in with societal norms. Success is more likely when the resolution is framed with positive reasons for improving health and wellness; such as more energy, better sleep, and reduced stress. When these goals are motivated by how YOU feel and not someone else, the reward is real. Once you have a taste of that success, it is easier to maintain the motivation to keep going.
“Wanting to change or improve an aspect of your life because that’s what you really want for yourself is an example of intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is a good thing to have because you know that what you are working to accomplish is something that will give you joy. Pursuing something out of fear, shame, or the intention of impressing others is not nearly as sustainable as pursuing something you know will truly enrich your life.
When setting resolutions, ask yourself if you’re doing it for you or for someone else. If you’re doing it for you, you set yourself up for success.”*
Other tips for success include:
- Book a date with yourself once a week. Me Time! Self-care doesn’t have to always mean staying home taking a luxe bath (although that counts), so take yourself out to dinner, or catch a movie alone every once in a while.
- Get a massage. Pay attention to the physical signs that you need to take time for self-care. If your immunity is low, frequently feel tired, or keeping breaking out, stress could be the culprit. Get a massage to release tension and stimulate healthy blood flow.
- Reset sleep hygiene. Sleep is critical component of physical and mental health. basically, A poor sleep routine can affect all areas of your life. If you are not sleeping well, the good news is you can reboot your sleep hygiene, and reset your internal clock. Working towards more routine with a regular bedtime and meals will go a long way to help induce a normal sleep cycle.
- Reduce your screen time. Studies show that people who constantly check their phones report higher levels of stress. Plan part of your day to disconnect from technology and chill out.
Sources: St. Lukes Health