Happy New Year UNPHC! Our theme for UNPHC EdX for January, is Health and Wellness. Seems it’s the time of year when we all take a look at how to improve and keep moving toward a better life. Below are some ways you can focus on the resolutions you’re making to help make 2023 one that brings a smile to your face.
- Decide what will make you most happy: Set one or two hoped-for outcomes and work hard on those. Focus on the most important ones and when you achieve those, make another one and tackle it.
- Be realistic so you can succeed: For example, weight loss is one of the more popular New Year’s goals after a month of everything dipped in caramel and frosted. For weight loss, the Mayo Clinic says 1-2 lbs. per week is an attainable goal.
- Be kind to yourself: If you have trouble getting in gear with your goals, don’t beat yourself up. Work to not do it again and give yourself a break. Tomorrow is a new day.
- Recognize that the past few years have been difficult: The pandemic wreaked havoc on many people’s mental and physical health. Recognizing this doesn’t mean that you are weak. It means that you have a healthy self-awareness of your life circumstances. We are all just catching up. With our mental and physical health, and getting our lives back on track.
- Take a social media break: According to “Psychology Today” healthy self-esteem can be greatly compromised by social media use and leaves 60% of users feeling inadequate. Online personas are rarely realistic and make for tough comparisons. Limiting your social media use to 30 minutes a day can be a mood improver and you should see benefits in as little as three weeks.
To learn more, join us this year for a more robust UNPHC EdX, as we discover and share more ways to help you create a life that feels right for you! Stay tuned for more info, videos, in-person classes, and more! In the meantime, our friends at USU Extension, have created a great podcast addressing ways to improve our financial health; a great kick-off for the new year and living better. Give it a listen here: