There’s a New Year ahead of us and who doesn’t plan ahead? But most of us are thinking of what they would like to achieve and don’t really follow through.
In a study performed in 2002 in US, each January, approximately one in three people resolve to improve themselves in some way. A lot less actually keep to those resolutions. Apparently only about 75% stick to their goals for at least a week, while less than half are still on plan after 6 months.
It takes time and determination but if you are willing you can do it. Brightside Dental’s 2013 resolution is to change peoples negative opinions on dentistry. We are confident we can make people believe that it’s a pleasant experience to have an oral health assessment, that anyone can have straight teeth, a whiter smile and that dental treatment doesn’t have to hurt.
How about you? Have you made any plans for the New Year? Here are some suggestions we found very useful on a research for healthy goals:
Stay in touch – with friends and family. It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.
Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success.
Save money by making healthy lifestyle changes. Walk or ride your bike to work, or explore carpooling. (That means more money in your pocket and less air pollution.)
Take stock of what you have in the fridge and make a grocery list. Aimless supermarket shopping can lead to poor choices for your diet and wallet.
Cut your stress
A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen—insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more.
Cut back on alcohol
While much has been written about the health benefits of a small amount of alcohol, too much tippling is still the bigger problem. (In fact, binge drinking seems to be on the rise.)
Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures.
Get more sleep
You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood—and appearance. But sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize.
A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And sleep is crucial for strengthening (a process called consolidation).
These are just simple ways to improve your life and can have a huge impact on you day to day performance. Let us know if you have some interesting resolutions of your own. Feel free to comment or our Facebook page by following this link: