Jan 18 , 2017
It is that time of year again: New Year’s Resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions can have an odd impact on an individual’s body. When someone sets a resolution then doesn’t stick to it, they can experience increased stress, anxiety, and depression. This means that our body is physically impacted by the decision of our resolutions for 2020.
I see a lot of patients for depression as well as anxiety issues. Here are some simple steps to take to prevent this negative effect.
5 suggestions I make to my acupuncture clients about setting New Year’s resolutions for 2017 to positively impact personal health are:
- Leave Room for Failure: Stay away from absolutes such as 30 days of clean eating. Instead, try smaller goals and don’t be too hard on yourself with the occasional set back.
- Stay Positive: When setting resolutions, be careful how you word things. In order to make it more positive, frame things in a better light. For example, learning to eat healthy instead of losing 20 pounds.
- Missing the Journey: Resolutions are focused on the outcome, not the process put into accomplishing the goal. This makes the process of reaching the goal daunting and stressful. Don’t add extra stress to the journey; enjoy the little accomplishments along the way. Enjoy the journey.
- Too Many Resolutions. As a Raleigh acupuncturist, I have had clients who want to lose 20 pounds, begin running, get organized, and find a meaningful relationship all in one year. That is a lot for one person to make as a resolution. Instead, choose a few smaller resolutions and then one big resolution.
- Wrong Resolutions. Outside stress and pressure from family and friends can cause one to make resolutions they don’t need to. Don’t allow others to influence decisions on your goals and resolutions. You are making changes for yourself, not for anyone else.
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