You’re Not Alone. But, There is Hope.
Statistics suggest that only a mere 8% of Americans follow through with their New Year’s resolutions successfully.1 That’s a very disappointing number, isn’t it? Want to help increase the odds that you’ll be successful? If you vowed to help improve your health and well-being this year, read on for some encouragement.
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Get Your Mind Right
Goal setting is great, but if you’re not prepared to face the challenges, you’ll likely abandon your efforts. One way to help find your focus is through relaxation. Ever thought about the benefits of aromatherapy?
The art and science of aromatherapy has been around for centuries. This holistic approach to a mind-body connection has been documented as far back as Ancient Egypt. But what exactly is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy can be defined as a number of things, but basically it is the use of the scent of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees to help produce a feeling of relaxation, increase the feeling of energy, and as a means to help restore balance to mind, body and soul.2
One of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy is lavender. The scent of lavender is prized for helping to induce the feelings of tranquility and serenity.3 The clean, woodsy aroma of cedarwood helps conjure up feelings of stability and peacefulness. Once you’ve reached your tranquil state, you can focus on your health and wellness goals.
Set Attainable Goals
Instead of stating “I will give up all sweets” try a less stringent phrase such as “I will eat more healthfully” or “I will make better food choices.”
If you swear off an entire food group, you start to feel deprived. Give yourself a break and manage your expectations.
For those who have a sweet tooth, stock up on smarter snacks that will satisfy your craving. Ditch the full fat, cream-filled sandwich cookies and instead opt for a handful of dark chocolate covered berries. We love these tasty organic goji berries. We’re also big fans of these sweet strawberry snacks.
Arm Yourself With a Plan
Setting a goal or two is a great place to start, but just making a blanket statement such as, “I will lose 20 pounds” doesn’t really give you the structure to follow through. How will you lose the weight? Diet? Exercise? Both? Will you go to a gym? Will you start a walking regimen? Will you follow a sensible diet plan?
For help getting started you can find useful tools on the USDA’s SuperTracker website at https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/. There you will find Food Trackers, Physical Activity Trackers, a place to enter and keep track of your goals, weight management guidance, recipe help and recipe storage and lots of organizational tips and hints.
For more help reaching your goals you can add supplements to a sensible diet and exercise program.
One Day at a Time
You know that old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? Try to keep that in mind when you slip up a bit. Don’t throw away weeks or months worth of hard work because you had a bad day and you ate too much or didn’t exercise. Tomorrow is a brand new day. Start over. Don’t give up. You can do it.