Get up earlier, exercise, lose weight, cleanse, detox, stop drinking…. are these on your resolutions list for this new year? Unfortunately, most resolutions can be pretty negative when you think about them, and it’s no wonder that over 90% of resolutions made are never accomplished. Before you challenge your body to reach a new standard, or remove something you love from your life, let’s take a minute and ask what your body really wants and needs this year….
1. Make sleep a priority
Become BFF’s with your pillow! Normal adults need at least 8 hours of sleep each night, but most are getting fewer than 6 hours. Lack of sleep can be linked to disease, a weakened immune system, hormone imbalance, metabolism issues, weight gain, etc. If you are feeling fatigued, focusing on getting enough sleep each night is your first step to feeling your best! If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, adequate sleep is a MUST to help your body repair and heal!
As a parent I am always careful to make sure that my children get plenty of sleep, but then I turn around and neglect getting enough sleep myself. At first you may assume that I’m up working hard, but in most cases it is simply self indulgence and my much coveted “me” time to relax and read a book without interruptions. If you are a parent, you will know that the evening hours when the house is quiet (currently between 8-11:00pm in my home) are some of the most mentally restful times! I cannot live without some quiet time to read before I go to sleep. Although I have not been able to force myself to go to bed at the times my doctor ordered – 10pm during the summer and 9pm during the winter- I have been making sleep a higher priority and it has made a remarkable difference in my energy level and attitude each day!
A few tips to get better sleep:
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Just like babies need quiet and relaxing before they sleep, perhaps you need that bath and bedtime story.
- Limit coffee intake and don’t drink it too late into the morning or it may keep you up.
- Avoid blue lights after dark (tv’s, computer screens, cell phone screen), or use a filter on your devices such as f.lux. learn more about it here https://justgetflux.com
- Invest in a pair of orange tinted glasses for watching tv or doing computer work that does not already have a filter. I use these from Amazon link
- Use a sleep tracker tool like a Fitbit to track how much sleep you get each night.
2. Eat REAL food
- Consider making one day a prep day to wash and package your fruits and vegetables into salads for on the go, or snack bags of cut up fruits and veggies, nuts and dried fruit. Whole fruits like apples and bananas are easy to grab and head out the door.
- Utilize a crock-pot or an Instant Pot to help make meal planning and preparations healthier, easier, and more cost effective. My husband bought me this Instant Pot (pressure cooker) as a black Friday deal and we are already loving it!
- If you really don’t have time to prepare a meal, pick up a whole rotisserie chicken and some lettuce and other fresh produce to make a healthy and delicious salad.
3. Get your body moving
4. Drink more (pure) water
5. Explore natural remedies
6. Choose natural products
7. Take care of your gut
8. Get some sun!
9.Detox the yuck
10. Make time to do something you love
Do you love knitting, sewing, reading, painting, music, or photography? Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, make time to do it each day or week whenever possible. It will be be a good outlet for your passion and skills, and will be a stress reliever at the same time. I love reading and find it to be a great way to unwind at night and quiet my mind for sleep. I also love painting, drawing, music, cooking, learning about essential oils, blogging…. uh oh, if you are like me and have a lot of “loves”, you will need to prioritize so that you don’t become overwhelmed by all of the things you love doing. Instead of pushing your interests aside, find time to do something you love, and then you will be better prepared to love the rest of your life!
What are your healthy new year’s resolutions?