With 2015 upon us, now is the time to start acting on our New Year's resolutions. Use this opportunity to make clear and decisive plans to improve your life. Many people vow to spend more time with their families, start new careers or return to school, and these are all noble and respectable means for improving the quality of your life. But be sure to include your health in that list of resolutions. Consider these ways in which you can reach greater wellness in 2015:
Inspire Someone to Learn Yoga
As someone who has learned yoga poses, you know how they can benefit not just the body but also the mind, emotions and spirit. The practice can enhance a sense of tranquility, thereby reducing stress, promoting peace and even helping to reduce blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. But, especially in winter, people may fall into a rut of stagnancy and laziness. Make it your resolution to inspire friends – or even just one person – to join a studio and embrace an active, healthy lifestyle. Not only will you benefit from the satisfaction of knowing you've contributed to the betterment of another person's wellness, but this may lead to a deeper, lasting relationship with your friend.
Much like mindful meditation techniques, mindful eating involves a heightened sense of awareness. This approach to diet requires you to bring your full attention to the process of eating, including the smells, tastes and feelings that you experience. That means turning off the television and truly embracing the gift of food for what it is: a source of energy and life. You'll find yourself feeling more satisfied with each meal and less dependent on food for emotional support. Eventually, you may reap the benefits of enhanced energy and a healthier body weight. With patience and dedication to mindful eating, you might even learn to recognize what your body is actually hungry for, whether that's protein, fats or a specific vitamin.
Meditation techniques are generally not on the top list of common resolutions, but they should be – individuals have a tendency to focus entirely on physical well-being and often neglect mental health. Meditation can help people find relief from stress and tension in a world that is so focused on fast pace and multitasking, and it can even help reduce physical pain, strengthen the immune system and improve mood by boosting serotonin. It also teaches self-discipline, which can transfer to other parts of your life and even other new Year's resolutions, such as quitting smoking and cutting out junk food.
Do you have any other suggestion for improving health throughout the year? What are your New Year's resolutions for 2015?