Resolution Recharge: Pick One of These 5 Likeable Resolutions to Improve Your Health in 2021 by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
Roughly 80 percent of people will break their New Year’s resolutions by February, usually because they’re way too ambitious – and painful. Probably somewhere in the subconscious we allow ourselves to fail because we realize that vowing to spend a year doing things we hate is inherently unhealthy. Instead, skip the major overhaul and focus on the little things that can help you live healthier all year long. Here are some ideas:
1. Put down your phone. Phones raise cortisol levels – our main stress hormone.
2. Call a friend. Having good friends boosts immunity, lowers stress, builds self-confidence and improves overall health.
4. Smile. Smiling relaxes your body, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and acts as a pain reliever and antidepressant in one facial expression.
5. Sleep. Getting at least seven hours of sleep improves mood, boosts the immune system, decreases heart disease risk and prolongs life expectancy.
This year, try choosing resolutions that are good for you and good to you. Better health doesn’t have to be grueling – it just needs to be something you strive for every day. Visit WeChoosenNPs.org to learn more.
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