The Intentional Path to a Healthier New Year
ARTICLE BY | Julie Hoerth
Be honest. How quickly do your New Year’s resolutions crash and burn? If you’re like 80% of Americans, you’re an enthusiastic gym-goer on the 1st of the year, then back in hibernation mode by the time mid-January rolls around. This year, instead of making the same old weight loss and exercise resolutions, try setting positive intentions instead.
Resolutions vs. Intentions
What’s the difference between resolutions and intentions? The definition of resolution is, “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” An intention is simply described as, “a thing intended; an aim or plan.” Maybe it’s the absoluteness of resolutions that sets us up for failure year after year. They’re kind of an all-or-nothing commitment—you’re either going to run 10 miles every day or you’re not, and one slip up can leave you feeling discouraged. Intentions, on the other hand, are flexible. For example, you might make a resolution to wake up an hour earlier each morning for a sunrise yoga session. Miss one morning, and you’ve failed. But if your intention is to simply act in ways that manifest better health, then anytime you squeeze in some exercise takes you one step closer to your wellness goals. Setting intentions isn’t rocket science. The process can be as easy as coming up with one word that embodies what you truly want to experience this year, and directing all your energy toward that idea. Here are three words you might want to focus on for a healthier and happier new year:
There’s no magic pill or easy button for improving your health, which makes it perfect for ongoing intention. Health is best improved incrementally, which means focusing on healthy habits daily is going to add up to big benefits in the long run. Set an intention to simply move more throughout the day, and you’ll find yourself joining in on a game of tag with your kids, choosing the stairs over the elevator, and parking at the back of the grocery store lot.
You can also focus on better health by establishing a simple supplement regimen that incorporates basic nutrients everyone could benefit from, like Vitamin D, omega-3s, and an effective multivitamin that delivers premium nutrients, like Clinical Essentials™.
Looking for a way to cultivate more calmness in your life? Try meditation. Studies have shown that daily meditation can improve health by lowering your stress levels. Another important way to experience more peace in this day and age is to take a technology break. Who hasn’t been distracted by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter a time or two? While extremely useful in some instances, the internet is also a constant modern-day distraction that often turns your attention toward things that aren’t relevant to your life. Resist the urge to constantly “log on” and spend that time tuning into what you want out of life. You’ll feel less scattered and more at peace.
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Feeling tired 24/7 is nobody’s idea of a good time, but if you focus on your lack of energy, you’ll keep experiencing more of the same. Instead, think of the things in life that naturally make you feel more invigorated, and incorporate more of them into your daily routine. If a walk rejuvenates your mind and body, schedule one or two into your work day—just a quick 15 minutes of walking can have an amazing impact on your energy levels, increase your focus, and improve productivity. Or maybe you need to tap into a new type of exercise, like yoga, to lower stress levels and feel more energized.
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The more you focus on your intentions, the more you will see them coming to fruition in your daily life. This year, ditch the shame of failed resolutions and commit to healthy intentions instead.
ABOUT | Julie
Julie has been a writer, researcher, and author in the Natural Health industry for nearly 15 years. A wife and mom to three young daughters, Julie is infinitely interested in studying the science behind how botanicals and nutrients can support and improve the health of her loved ones, and all who read her work.