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Not Another New Year’s Resolution

According to Forbes, Only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

There must be another way to approach this age-old ritual.

Instead of the grand gesture and lofty dreams, try this- set your vision based on small steps toward meeting desired goals through the spring.

When you set goals that you know are realistic, when you identify what you are hoping to achieve, and plan how you’ll get there, you will have a much greater likelihood of success.

Make this year’s 2022 “Resolutions” based on small steps that lead to success. Follow SMART goals – a method of breaking down big ideas into manageable and attainable plans- Setting SMART can ensure that your goals are clear and reachable. Think of the goals that you would like to achieve.

SMART is an acronym for:
S -specific
M-measurable
A-attainable (achievable)
R-relevant
T- time-related

Meanwhile, in keeping with our Be Healthy and Stay Healthy theme at KCC, I am adding these tips from the folks at Pretty Wellness. They have put together a list of wellness resolutions for a jumpstart to a healthier 2022- https://prettywellness.com/new-years-resolutions/.

These are good wellness tips that may inspire some of your SMART goals for the coming year.

1. My Tip- please remember that Self-Care should be your first resolution for 2022!
Wishing you all a safe, happy, healthy, and peace-filled New Year~

CLEAN EATING

2. Add more fruits and vegetables at each meal

Many scholarly and anecdotal studies highly promote plant-based eating. Consuming a variety of colored fruits and vegetables has been shown to promote longevity, disease prevention, and overall wellness.

3. Keep healthy snacks near you at all times
When healthy food is near, it’s easy to forgo the salty and sweet cravings. I blend smoothies during the weekend and freeze them so I can pull one out of the freezer each morning and eat as an afternoon snack.

4. Add one new healthy food each week
Better yet, make it a family affair. Start with the alphabet: week one, A is for asparagus. Eat them raw, sautéed, baked, grilled. Week two, B is for Brussel sprouts. Eat them sautéed, baked with balsamic glaze, or peeled into brussel sprout hash.

5. Drink half your body weight in water
When the body is dehydrated, it doesn’t run efficiently. Drinking water has plenty of benefits including increasing energy, flushing out toxins, improving skin complexion, and boosting immunity to name a few. If you don’t like plain water, try infusing it or drinking a non-GMO, herbal tea.

6. Start your morning with a hydrating warm drink
I choose warm water and lemon because I like the taste and the lemon alkalizes my system. Apple cider vinegar drinks serve a similar purpose. Drink these before your coffee and breakfast for instant energy, likely from the rehydration process.

7. Experiment with spices
There are many health benefits in using spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic while cooking. Studies show that antioxidants in many of these have been linked to lower inflammation, which is often linked to toxic diseases.

8. Add beans to everything
They are high in fiber and provide protein, too. I add white beans to make soups creamier and smoothies bulkier. My favorite bean recipe is a Chickpea Miso soup. Lentil salads and beans are great to add to favorite pasta or zoodles dishes.

NON-TOXIC LIVING

9. Examine your beauty regimen and substitute new, green products when you run out of your old ones
Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database to learn more about toxic chemicals in skincare products.

10. Use wholesome and natural items for beauty products
The key is to find products with few non-toxic ingredients. For example, cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil can be a solid replacement for moisturizers. Scouring Pinterest or Instagram for DIY soap scrub recipes is also an easy way to improve your beauty regimen while on a budget.

11. Use wholesome and natural items for household cleansers
Substitute vinegar and water to clean countertops and baking soda to cut grease rather than irritating, toxic cleaners. Or look for cleansers filled with more natural ingredients.

12. Use lemons as a sponge
I take the lemons from my morning drink and throw them in the sink. It smells nice and is gentle on my hands when scrubbing.

13. Add essential oils to your beauty regimen
I started using essential oils a few years ago, and my skin’s been nearly flawless ever since. While many people use essential oils for their calming and anti-bacterial healing benefits, I’ve found that a weekly regimen using frankincense with coconut oil has kept my face hydrated and smooth.

ACTIVE LIVING

14. Be active daily
Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily. Break it up throughout the day: 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes afterward, and 10 minutes home with the kids. Many studies show that walking daily promotes disease prevention.

15. Find a workout buddy and set goals together to make fitness fun. Power walks can be social and provide support so that you stick to your goals. If your best friends live far away, make phone dates to walk together. Check out virtual fitness classes and do them with a friend across the country.

16. Aim for new measurable goals monthly
Think short-term; create a new goal every month. Think homemade juices or smoothies five days a week or don’t eat packaged snacks for a month. It doesn’t seem like such a life overhaul if you add or eliminate a certain food for just 30 days. Plus, if you get in the rhythm of it, you might continue. Or if not, you know you will start a new goal next month.

MINDFUL LIVING

17. Meditate for 10 minutes early morning
Check out iTunes for guided imagery or other meditation resources. My favorite is still Headspace because I love the animated explanations and the simple steps

18. Listen to Deepak Chopra
If you can’t see yourself meditating, listen to the Deepak Chopra Pandora station while walking outdoors. It’s calming and a great de-stressor.

19. Find an inspirational space to recharge and just be
Give yourself a few minutes a day to recharge. Create a space in your home or office where you find calm. Whether you take a few moments to pray, meditate, or journal, give yourself a few minutes to just be.

20. Create your own power phrase or a mantra
Our mind is a powerful tool and sometimes we get stuck thinking about negative thoughts that bring us down. In an effort to be our own cheerleader, find some mantras to use (and say to yourself) when you’re feeling down. “Be a warrior, not a worrier,” “Be in love with your life,” and “Don’t ruin a good day today by thinking about a bad day yesterday” are a few that resonate with me.

21. Make sure you get a good night sleep regularly
I didn’t realize how important it was for my cells to replenish and revive themselves in a good night’s sleep. Now, it’s part of my healing regimen – sleeping regularly. Yes, some nights are better than others. However, I’ve made sleep a much bigger priority the past seven years. If you are looking for more tips, check out Episode X with Ingrid Preuher, the sleep whisperer.

22. Create a gratitude ritual
After my second cancer diagnosis, I started to research who was thriving with cancer and what were they doing to be well. I learned that wellness is about consistent self-care – creating everyday practices that help improve your body and mind toward a state of good health. And studies show – according to Harvard Medical School that within “positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.

Remember – Kindness Counts. To yourself. To others. Always ~ Happy New Year