How to boost mind, mood and fitness in 2018

January 24, 2018

2018 is up and running — so what’s happening with your New Year’s resolutions? According to Business Insider UK, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, but ever since the dawn of gyms, diets and online tutorials, people have kept pledging their loyalty to a new health regime or skill-enhancing class at the turn of the new year.

What you need is a New year’s resolution that’s fun and achievable. To help, why not check out these New Year resolutions for boosting mind, mood and body that don’t revolve around sensible eating and joining a gym?

What’s your job doing for you?

Before we hit the age of 32, chances are that we’ll switch job roles about four times, on average. While this could be due to indecisiveness and an open job market, it could also suggest that we’re generally dissatisfied with our jobs — and since we spend most of our day at work, this is a massive part of our lives to put up with if we’re not happy. The Health and Safety Executive states that more than half a million workers suffered from anxiety or depression during 2016/17, which can lead to further health problems if left untreated.    

How do you prevent getting down about your job? By making sure that it’s making you happy — and 2018 is your time to do it. This doesn’t mean quitting tomorrow, of course. Perhaps you feel that you just need a creative outlet for some of your ideas. In which case, you can start a blog using WordPress — there are plenty of how-to guides and SEO-related articles to help you get your voice heard online.

Maybe you love your job but don’t think it’s going anywhere. If so, search for relevant courses and ask for external training from your HR department to help you climb the career ladder. Or is it company morale that’s getting you down? Corporate days out are growing massively in popularity, so suggest a team-building trip somewhere to lift everyone’s spirits. Sports venues are particularly good for getting people working together in a fun, relaxed environment.

Aside from these larger work-style changes, maybe all you need is to create a more positive atmosphere during working hours. Even something as simple as re-decorating your office or desk, arranging a night out with your team or organising Friday afternoon quizzes can lift spirits and make work a little easier to endure.  

Make time for family

When we’re stressed with work or trying to drop two stone in weight, it’s easy to neglect those at home. So, use 2018 to make more time for family. This might sound easy, but if you cast your mind back to 2017, you’re probably only able to pick out a handful of memorable moments that you’ve spent with your loved ones.

But, make sure that this is quality, even unforgettable, family- time — not just the odd cinema date where you all sit in silence then come home and sit in separate rooms in the home. Climb Ben Nevis, go whale-watching, hike through a national park, kayak down your nearest river, or do a sponsored abseil. Big events give your family a collective goal to achieve, which means you get to train and prepare together, as well as make a long-lasting memory at the end.

This resolution is actually well worth considering, as it could even provide health benefits! According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, single people have a higher risk of developing dementia, while New York University found that married people suffer less from cardiovascular disease than singletons. Similarly, family holidays can improve your emotional wellbeing. The Journals of Vacation Marketing found that people waiting to go on holiday felt happier with their lives and experienced less negative emotions. So, pepper 2018 with a handful of family holidays somewhere you’ve all never visited before to keep moods high in your home.

Shake-up your diet

If you’re serious about shifting the pounds but always seem to falter with your diet by the end of January, you need to put a more exciting and engaging spin on your new healthy-eating lifestyle.

Search online and find healthy ingredients you’ve never heard of from across the world. Then, find a way to incorporate these into your diet every week. Harissa, a chili paste from northern Africa, is believed to have cancer-protective qualities and tastes great in soups, while lucuma (from Peru) makes a perfect snack and contains carotene that can reportedly reduce the effects of ageing. For breakfast, put some chia seeds in your porridge — this food comes from Mexico and offers a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

Not consuming enough nutritious foods puts you at risk of obesity along with a range of medical issues — but we all know how hard it is to swap bad treats for good foods.

New sports

Treadmills and weight-lifting do the job, but they’re often too tedious for us to keep up for too long. If you want to get fit and stick to it, try taking up a more extreme activity.

How about a snow sport? These are always fun and take time for you to master, so you have something to work toward to hold your interest. Enroll in snowboarding lessons or give skiing lessons a go if it’s more your thing. Adrenaline-pumping sports like these also encourage your body to release endorphins — which are neurochemicals that create a feeling of happiness and lower stress — while a study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that regular exercise reduced the chances of developing depression.  

Of course, you’re in this to get fit, not just improve your mental wellbeing. Did you know that an average adult can burn between 250 and 630 calories every hour while skiing or snowboarding? Even better, the exercise tests your balance and works all your major muscle groups to help you tone up quickly.

Record-breaking pursuits

Tackling and mastering a new sport is quite an achievement, but how about breaking a world record? According to psychology experts, mastering a talent instils a feeling of accomplishment that can help to reduce the risks of depression and improve mental wellbeing.

Make 2018 stand out by getting your name in the world records! Considering that one of the most recent examples of creating a world record was for most people playing the same tune on a single piano; you can surely think of something equally bizarre but achievable.

Make 2018 special and try one — or all of these resolutions!


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