12 for 2020 - New Years Resolutions for the whole year!

Our usual default for New Years resolutions is to make 1 or 2 that tend to be something along the lines of “lose weight, get fit, get healthy.’ I like the idea of the ‘get fit, get healthy’ part of that. There are definitely things that we can do to ‘get fit’, which can lead into ‘get healthy,’ if that’s what we want.

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The ‘lose weight’ resolution, well, that rarely leads into ‘get healthy,’ despite what you have been lead to believe. Losing weight and getting healthy do not necessarily go hand in hand. In fact, becoming focused on dieting and food restriction to lose weight can lead to a disordered relationship with food and body image, which in turn can mess with your overall health and well-being.

What with it being 2020, I suppose I could suggest 20 resolutions, but let’s keep it a bit more realistic and go for 12. I’ll cover a different resolution each month with reasons why it’s a good option for boosting health and well-being, and simple hacks to make it achievable. There is no point in making resolutions, or any goals for that matter, if they are too difficult to achieve. If it is unattainable you are more likely to give up or hurt yourself trying... and I did say that this was about boosting health, not reducing it.

I’m not sure what order I will be covering each resolution, so you'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you will find 1 or 2 (or even all 12) that fit into your year.

Nicole's 12 resolution suggestions:

📚 Read more books

🍝 Make more home cooked meals

😤 Breath deeply or meditate

👫👬👭 Call or spend time with friends more often

💃 Practice joyful movement

📱 Set boundaries with social media

🛌 Take more naps

💧 Drink more water

🌾 Add more fibre to your diet

🌮 Eat more nachos

🎳 Join a club

👗👟 De-clutter your closet – donate clothes to charity

February - Set boundaries with social media

Set boundaries with social media

I picked February for this resolution as I am going to be away for 3 weeks from the middle of this month and so will be completely out of touch with social media. This impending lack of social media engagement is not entirely by choice, there is a good chance that I will be seeing things that I will want to share, but some of the locations I am visiting will have little or no coverage to allow me to connect.

Usually when you hear the talk around setting boundaries with social media it is based on unfollowing those that don’t serve your needs. Those whose messages are negative in some way, maybe they make you feel less worthy because your life doesn’t look like theirs. Definitely unfollow that sh*t! Nobody should ever be made to feel less worthy simply because they don’t do, look, live, whatever it is that those on highly curated social media pages are doing.

Another boundary to think of setting with social media is about what you share, and how often. I get that the algorithms are designed to work better for those that post a lot. And I get that that is important for those with business accounts if you are wanting to increase your audience. However, is the stress and anxiety that comes from trying to think up new posts, and trying to get that #instaworthy picture/message really worth it?

Imagine how peaceful life could be without all that. And think about how much more headspace you will have for doing things that really matter in your life, in the moment. Moving away from sharing stuff just to be like everyone else that shares stuff, or comparing yourself to #influencers, to simply focusing on whatever it is you are doing with whomever you are doing it with.

But if you just can’t give it up or don’t want to... what about following some different folk for a while to get a different perspective on life? You don’t have to engage, but it might be interesting or even entertaining. And if you don’t like it, stop following.

I hope you have a great February, and if you are still following me in a month or so you will get to see some pictures of where I visited and it’ll give you some idea of why I was so out of touch.

January - Drink more water

Drink more water

Since it is summer in New Zealand in January, I thought that "drink more water" was a good starting point. It is (generally) hotter weather, which means more sweating so an increase intake of water is needed.

It’s common to hear that water is essential for your health. But why?

Well, the body is about 50-70% water and water is involved in many important bodily functions, including:

* flushing out waste from your body

* regulating body temperature

* helping your brain function.

So as you can see maintaining water balance is essential for survival. Without water you’ll only last a couple of days. For this reason, your body has a fancy mechanism for regulating when and how much you need to drink – it’s called your thirst. When your total water content gets below a certain level your thirst kicks in and for most people it is very reliable.

You are constantly losing water from your body, primarily in your pee, poo and sweat. To prevent dehydration (and constipation), you need to drink adequate amounts of water. But what exactly is “adequate amounts?”

Well, as with most things, this depends on you as an individual. Some people need more water than others. For some people, more water only means more trips to the loo my darling.

If you want to keep things simple, then these 3 guidelines will apply to most people:

1. When you’re thirsty, drink.

2. When you’re not thirsty anymore, stop.

3. Increase your water intake if you’re exercising or living in a hotter region.

That’s it!

And remember, other beverages (including tea and coffee) can contribute to fluid balance, and most foods also contain water. So if you don’t have water to hand you can easily find something else to quench your thirst.