We’re halfway to the end of January and it may be getting harder to stick to your New Years’ resolutions but we have some tips to create lasting change from your friends at Better Living and Days of our Lives.
1.) Realize that big goals take time to achieve
Big goals require that you make smaller, micro-goals to help bridge the distance between start and finish. Everyday make a list as to how you will help achieve your resolutions today.
2.) Have joy in the journey!
Eric Martsolf (Brady) does exercises he enjoys so he’ll stay motivated. “It’s important to be a fan of what you do so you’ll do it more.”
3.) Don’t be afraid to fail.
No matter what your goal is, there will always be an occasion where you don’t quiet make it but there’s nothing wrong with that. You may stumble along the way, but always keep the big picture in mind.
4.) Write your goals down and share them with friends.
People that write down resolutions are more likely to keep them. Also telling your friends and family about your resolution, increases the subconscious drive to succeed and live up to your words.
Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) gets together with neighborhood pals to do group walks. “We do a six mile loop throughout our town and we solve all our parenting problems along the way!”
5.) Remember to always push yourself to become a better YOU.
Shawn Christian never stops bettering himself, “I like the idea of pushing myself to places I’ve never been. If I don’t challenge myself, I feel like something is missing.”
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Coffee Out, Green Juice In!
This week, we recommend you swap out your morning coffee for a fresh green juice. The contents inside a green juice will give your body the nutrients it craves and also increase your energy throughout the day.
While we’re happy that you’re getting Days of our Lives’ cast exclusives on our Better Living page, spending some time outdoors can have many health benefits.
Your vitamin D levels will rise. According to the Harvard Health Letter, sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Their studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Limited sun exposure (don’t overdo it) is a good regimen!
Concentration will improve. A study published online in The Journal of Attention Disorders found that children were able to focus better after having an outdoor “green walk” compared with walks in other settings. It may also apply to adults, if you have trouble concentrating, outdoor activity may help.
More exercise! Walking and doing other things outdoors means less time in front of the television and computer. The first step outside your door is the first step towards a more balanced life.
You may heal faster. An outside view-preferably a green, leafy one-may help you heal faster, according to research. Patients who rest by a window with a natural view use less pain medication than those patients who stare at blank walls.
You will be happier. Physical activity and sunlight has been shown to help people relax and cheer up. Replace inactive pursuits with active ones and more smiles will follow.
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A little bit of indulgence goes a long way, a too-strict eating plan can backfire, just remember moderation is KEY!