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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.
New Year’s Resolutions That Should Be on Our List
(But Probably Aren’t)
he new year is upon us , which makes now a great time to review our 2018 resolutions
(particularly how successful we’ve been at achieving them) and chart a course for an
even better 2019 with a fresh set of resolutions designed to build a better us. Ready,
Wait ... not so fast. The overwhelming majority of lists start and end with resolutions re-
lated to eating habits and/or exercise goals (with or without weight loss in mind). Those are
important aspects of our health and wellness, but we shouldn’t stop there.
Here are some of the best ways to improve ourselves next year that, more often than not,
won’t show up on the average person’s list of New Year’s resolutions, even though they should be close to or at the top.
Add them to our list today and get ready to enjoy a
healthier, happier 2019!
Laugh It Up: Want to reduce stress, boost our heart
rate (in a good way), increase circulation, optimize
our immune response, improve sleep and even burn
calories? All it takes is a little laughter, which pro-
motes health in these and other ways. And from a
pure quality-of-life perspective, who can question
the power of laughter to improve one’s sense of well-
being and enjoyment? Just try to have a bad day while
Say No to Stress: It can be a killer, particularly in its
chronic form, so resolve to deal with stress whenever
it raises its ugly head and prevent its severity before
it even strikes. Stress elevates blood levels of cortisol,
a hormone associated with obesity and heart disease.
Stress can also cause GI problems, depression and headaches, according to research.
How can we reduce stress? Stick to our resolution! Are we managing your time well? Are we confined to a desk all day?
Are we getting enough sleep? When a stressful situation arises, do we stay calm, or do we let stress win out? Answering
these questions is the first step in the right direction.
Get More ZZZs: Most of us take sleep for granted and just “let it happen” when it happens. Big mistake. In today’s
busy world, we all need to prioritize sleep – how much we get, when we get it and how we get it. Do we sleep through
the night or do we toss, turn and wake up multiple times? It could be the wrong mattress or pillow. Do you stay up too
late and wake up too early? Adjust our schedule to ensure we get at least seven hours a night. Do we prepare properly for
restful, restorative sleep? Make our bedroom a sleep room. Sleep and health are inexorably intertwined. If we care about
our health – and we know we do – then care about our sleep.
Time to Let It Out: Communication may be the most overlooked aspect of our mental and physical health these days.
Sure, we communicate constantly on our electronic devices (often anonymously, which is another story), but how often
do we actually talk to one another? Here’s another question: How often do we honestly share our thoughts with other
people? Sadly, not as much as we used to, and our health is suffering. Holding things in is one of the biggest contributors
to stress and the health consequences.
In 2019, resolve to let things out, rather than keeping them in. Whether it’s writing in a diary, setting up a regular time
to talk to a loved one, or just reminding ourselves not to keep everything in, let it all out!
Give a Hug, Get a Hug: The power of a hug is undeniable. Just give one (or get one) and you’ll feel an immediate differ-
ence in your life. But don’t just rely on personal experience
for the proof. Research suggests hugging promotes release
of “the bonding hormone” (oxytocin). Hugging reduces
heart rate, promotes relaxation, reduces cortisol levels and
may improve immune function courtesy of increased oxy-
tocin production. Hugs are scientifically healthy for you; so
give one (and get one) as often as you can.
As we debate our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, con-
sider adding these five to your list. Why not?
This information should not be substituted for medical
or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns,
decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and
counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with
your updated medical history.
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