Keeping Those New Years Resolutions with the Help of Your Fur Friends
As the new year approaches, make sure your dog is part of your resolutions!
It can have an enormous impact on your health, family, work, and well-being. During this often hectic and gluttonous time of year, pausing to reflect on what matters most and your own personal goals should take top priority. So give yourself permission to stop, reflect, and resolve. One powerful resolution might make all the difference. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Instead of Losing Weight, Set Goals Around How You Will Change Your Eating Habits
Losing weight is a popular resolution after holiday binge eating; however, just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean you’re doing it in a healthy or sustainable manner. Consider drawing up a monthly calendar of healthy meals that you will prepare each week. Perhaps consider keeping a food journal to detail what foods make you feel good and what foods make you feel crummy. Also, as much as your diet effects your health and wellbeing, diet also effects your pets. Resolve to feed them the best nutrition this year. A good place to start is with a whole food, nutrient-dense diet.
Instead of Saying You Will “Spend More Time With Your Family, Friends, and Pets”, Make it Specific
With work and other adult responsibilities, time with family, friends, and our fur-friends often gets put on the back burner. If your resolution centers around making more time for the loved ones in your life, consider actually scheduling it instead of just saying it. Get out your calendar and schedule a date night with your partner, Saturdays with your children, or drinks every other week with friends. Also make sure to schedule in time with your pets. Play time every night or a walk every morning ensures that your animal is healthy and feels loved.
Instead of Resolving to “Be More Active,” Put it on the Calendar
Another healthy resolution that will benefit from scheduling and an accountability buddy is the resolution to be more active. Perhaps running or biking is your thing. Schedule it out for the next two months with a running or biking buddy. For running, there is no better accountability buddy than your dog who will gladly trot along whenever you take the initiative. If you have a friend who has a dog, schedule walking dates twice per week for an added boost. Putting it on the calendar and sharing your intentions with others will make it more likely that you’ll stick to your goals.
Instead of Promising Yourself to “Stress Less”, Write Down Ways to Manage Your Stress Levels
Everyone wants less daily stress in their lives but few people really have the skills necessary to manage their stress levels effectively. Commit to reducing daily stress by writing down and scheduling effective stress management techniques such as:
- Yoga or meditation.
- Walking your dog.
- Reading for pleasure.
- Getting 8 hours of a sleep per night.
Log your progress in a daily journal and confide in a close friend or your significant other so they can support you.