Four resolutions you’ll actually keep
Research shows that UK adults want to improve four areas of life: wellbeing, energy, stress and sleep. Because when all four are aligned, life feels pretty good. Yet, statistics show that 80% of new year resolutions will fail by the end of February. Don’t let your health be one of them. These four resolutions are so transformational, they’re actually easy to keep. We’ll show you how…
Resolution #1: Wellbeing
Step outside in the morning light for just 10 minutes to promote your get-up-and-go hormone cortisol.
42% of UK adults want to improve their mood and 41% want to improve their cognition. Simply stepping outside - rain or shine - first thing in the morning has myriad benefits. Whether for a walk around the block or a longer walk in nature, it can shift our outset for the day in big ways. Improved focus, circulation, mood and overall sense of well being are some of the many cited benefits of starting your day with a walk. The natural daylight also promotes our body’s natural cortisol production which helps give us the ‘get up and go’ to tackle the day ahead.
Resolution #2: Energy
Eat protein and fat in every meal and see the difference it makes to your energy levels.
With 60% of UK adults wishing they had more energy, this is one simple hack that instantly delivers. Why? Because sustained, day-long energy really does depend on how well you nourish yourself.
A mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates work as a dream team to keep us fuller for longer and to support blood sugar balance, avoiding that common cycle of dipping energy causing us to eat sugary foods which further depletes energy when it drops again.
Resolution #3: Stress
Calm your nervous system with a daily guided meditation to bring peace to mind and body.
With 53% of UK adults feeling stressed and burnt out, this is an invaluable tool. Even five minutes of sitting in your own thoughts, allowing you to process the day ahead can have profound effects on our stress response and resilience throughout the day. Our favorite quick and accessible method is box breathing. It's incredibly simple yet rewarding:
- Breathe in for four seconds
- Hold for four seconds
- Exhale for four seconds
- Hold for four seconds
Resolution #4: Sleep
Avoid blue light from devices two hours before bedtime and track the difference it makes to your quality of sleep.
56% of UK adults want to improve their sleep yet we’d guess that most of those adults are on their phone before they turn out the light. In recent years there has been a lot of talk of avoiding blue light before bed and there is solid science behind this. Blue light can suppress our secretion of melatonin (our sleep hormone) resulting in a potential shift in our body’s circadian rhythm; our sleep-wake cycle.
We recommend avoiding blue light for 2 hours before going to sleep. Swap your mobile, TV, laptop or Kindle for a low lit lamp with a good book and cup of cocoa (which provides additional magnesium).
Tips for success
Research shows that it takes 66 days to form a habit so we urge you to stick with it. Read our blog on forming good habits and why not book a consultation with our nutritional therapists to help keep you on track. Lean on us, we’re here to support you.
Happy new year from all of us at Wild.