5 New Year’s Health Resolutions You Should Make
The New Year is all about examining our lives and resolving to make changes that will benefit us and perhaps those around us. While resolutions can get very personal, there are some basic resolutions we all should be adding to our lists for 2019.
Connect With God Consistently
You are probably trying to figure out what connecting with God has to do with health, right? Maintaining a consistent relationship with God through regular prayer and reading of the Bible is how we ensure the health of our mind, heart, and soul. When we are one with the Holy Spirit He is able to guide our steps and pour into our hearts continuously. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 that God keeps in perfect peace those who keep their minds stayed on him. So for our spiritual and mental health, we need to be communing with God daily so we are continually filled.
In 2019, you need to know that you are worth the investment of time and attention. In order to give our best to others, we must first be at our best, and the only way to be at our best is to take care of ourselves. This year, make a commitment to do something each week for yourself, even if it’s as simple as taking yourself out to eat or taking a bubble bath. Also, remember that it is okay to protect your mental and emotional space. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to turn down a social invitation. It’s okay to choose yourself and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. You matter and you deserve it.
Dehydration should not be taken lightly. Not only can it cause some serious symptoms, but it can also lead to some serious health issues. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, irritability, rapid heart rate, lack of energy, and even confusion. Prolonged dehydration can lead to liver issues, kidney issues, and heart issues among several others.
You already knew it was coming- You are what you eat. I said it and the fact is, it’s completely true. What you feed your body can either harm it or heal it, so why not put things into your body that will help it thrive? Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Go organic when you can. Avoid excess sodium and processed sugar. Be mindful of your portions and remember the rule, “Everything in moderation.”
Research suggests that just 30 minutes of exercise a day, 2-3 times per week, can have a significant positive impact on heart health and overall wellness. Benefits of regular exercise include decreased stress levels, increased energy levels, reduced joint stiffness, better blood flow, and even an improved mood thanks to the release of endorphins exercising gives your brain. You don’t have to do a lot or get extreme with your exercise either in order for it to be effective. A simple walk will do the trick. And even if you find you cannot commit to 30 minutes of physical activity, remember that something is better than nothing.
So resolve to start this new year on the right foot. With God and good health habits, you can make 2019 your best year yet!
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.