While resolutions may seem old school, if done correctly, experts say they can do you a lot of good.
“Setting intentions allows you to reflect on your own patterns and can reveal the underlying cause of stagnant energy,” says Sarah Harper, nurse practitioner and reiki master at The Morrison Center in New York City, who helps patients identify their goals as an aspect of their healing journey. “They also help to identify how you might be getting in your own way on the path to wellness and can be a powerful tool to help you manifest the life you want.”
Reframe your resolutions in a positive way so they are changes you feel excited about taking on.
But you should choose your goals carefully: “Reframe your resolutions in a positive way so they are changes you feel excited about taking on, and maybe as a side effect, can crowd out some less desirable behaviors or habits, instead of focusing on depriving yourself or taking something away,” says Katrine van Wyk, a health coach at Be Well.
Setting goals is especially important when you are on a wellness journey. “Goals provide you with a long term vision of where you want to be and then give you short term motivation to get there,” says Amanda Freeman, SLT founder and co-founder of Stretch*d. “Health-related goals are among the most common for good reason — we all know it is important to be healthy to live a long, fulfilling life, but there are so many distractions and temptations that can derail us, so by setting a goal, we are less likely to veer off-track.”
Need we say more? Read on to find out the 2020 goals wellness experts say are universally beneficial.
Goal: Be more mindful when it comes to what — and when — you eat.
Although it can be easy to get in on a midday group caffeine run with colleagues or simply stroll over to the vending machine for a snack, how you fuel your body can have a huge impact on your energy level, weight and more. Choose to avoid spiking your sugar and caffeine levels and therefore the inevitable crash they will cause by opting for healthier alternatives like a green juice instead of a Frappuccino, and peanut butter and celery sticks over chips.
Goal: Get at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity a day.
Goal: Add greens to your diet — Every. Single. Day.
Goal: Take some time each day to sit still and breathe, perhaps even meditate.
Goal: Get more quality sleep.
Goal: Forgive and love yourself.
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