New Year’s Eve is a favorite celebration for many people. It often brings the hope of putting things of the past behind us, and working towards a more productive and healthy new year.
Once the celebrations are over, and we face this new unwritten future, one of our first resolutions usually focuses on our health.
Where and When did New Year’s Begin?
It was actually the very first known holiday to be celebrated, dating back to 2,000 B.C. The early Romans used March 1st as New Year’s Day. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar changed January 1st, to the new year.
Since then, traditions have developed world-wide, mostly based on superstitions and luck.
In the U.S., we tend to overindulge during the holiday season, and many of us pick New Year’s Day to begin building better habits. We make hard-fast resolutions. (We hope!)
Ways to Stick to our Resolutions
1. Start out with one plan at a time. (You only have just so much willpower) A long-term resolution, such as dieting, is far more difficult to achieve, than remembering to take a vitamin pill each day.
2. For example, with a diet you’ll need to shop and cook differently and change routines. So start with simple, doable goals. Next might come exercise. Don’t run out and invest in expensive equipment. Build up slowly — like with daily walking, or a bicycle regime — again with small goals to start with. For every day you exercise, you’ll begin to feel renewed strength, driving you forward to further challenges. Maybe join a local fitness center and ask a personal trainer the best way to go.
3. Did you know??? “The primitive cravings center is highly susceptible to visual cues”, explains Tufts University psychologist Christopher Willard, Psy.D. We see this happening to us every time we watch commercials on TV! Bring on the chips! So, pull out a photo of a skinnier you and place it on a cabinet door. Offer yourself a challenge reward with a photo of a dream vacation on the fridge or next to your exercise bike.
4. Watching a good movie — or doing something that puts you in a good mood — does volumes when you start to lose your willpower. Mood has a lot to do with dieting. When you are in a funk, it’s easy to want to ‘treat’ yourself. Snack on something wholesome, like veggies and cheese.
5. When you feel discouraged about your progress, (or lack thereof), remind yourself how much you’ve accomplished in the past. Rely on former memorable achievements. Ask yourself what habits, studies, or goals you’ve completed successfully. Give yourself kudos! You can do it again! Discouragement is apt to cause you to give in and head for the carton of ice cream.
6. Next, make small adjustments when needed, as time progresses. This way you’ll see where you are starting to slip. Write things down, change portions, or exercise f. “Self-restraint, like holding back what you’d really like to do or what you’d really like to say to someone, for example, can reduce blood glucose to less-than-optimal levels”, reports Florida State University researchers. But a glass of orange juice or lemonade can replenish your self-control. The brain relies almost exclusively on glucose for energy, so this drink has to be the real deal — artificially sweetened drinks won’t deliver the boost. A good high-protein, fruit and veggie smoothie containing foods like blueberries and kale, are excellent when dieting.
7. Are you making absolute and rigid restrictions, such as “I’ll never eat sweets again”? Don’t! This sets you up for failure. Replace these with a little wiggle room like saying “I’ll only eat sweets when I’m in a nice restaurant.”
8. Psych yourself into success by using little tricks that work. In an experiment, Harvard University study, psychologist Kurt Gray, Ph.D., gave 80 participants a dollar. He told half the group to keep it and the other half to give it to charity. Then he asked each of the volunteers to hold a five-pound weight for as long as they could. Those who had donated their buck to a good cause held the weight significantly longer than the “selfish” ones.
9. How do we know when to quit? You feel like you can’t say ‘no’ one more time, or you can’t run another step? Then you’ll know that your resistance is done! Stress in these situations alone will wear you down, as well as make you tired. Take a break. Get away from whatever makes you want to quit. Give yourself a time-out for a few hours or even a few days.
10. Writing your goals and progress on paper or in a journal, will significantly help you to achieve them. If you have a setback, write about what may have caused it, and how you’ll do differently in the future. And above all, write down everything that adds up to a productive, healthy and happy 2017!
Your HVAC New Year’s List
Make maintaining and checking your HVAC system one of your 2017 goals. This will also add up to better health and comfort for you and your family.
We at Abel Heating and Cooling wish you and your loved ones a wonderful New Year. Stay warm and keep us in mind when HVAC issues arise any time of year.
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