Have you made a New Year’s resolution? If you have you’re participating in a tradition that goes back at least 4000 years. The ancient Babylonians marked the beginning of spring—mid-March in the northern hemisphere—with celebrations, oaths of loyalty to the king and promises to the gods to repay debts (history.com). Similarly, the Jews of the ancient world used the end of the autumn harvest to mark their new year—a tradition Judaism continues to follow today. The New Year is a time for setting wrongs right and plotting an ethical and spiritual path for the future (kveller.com).
It’s probably no surprise what the most common New Year’s resolution is today: lose weight. A US study (statisticbrain.com) found that most resolutions relate to self-improvement: get organised, save more money, quit smoking… You get the idea.
The desire for a new beginning is common. We want to make a clean break with the past and start afresh. And somehow life’s milestones are good times to reflect and renew—birthdays, anniversaries, a new job, a new house…
And yet opportunities for a new beginning are with us at nearly every moment. Whether it’s what we eat, how we speak to a family member or the attention we give to an everyday task, we’re making a series of everyday choices that add up to a life direction.
A healthy body is, of course, a basic building block of a balanced lifestyle. Here’s a handy way to remember what wholistic health looks like. Ready to make a NEW START?
Nutrition – research consistently recommends a plant-based wholefood diet.
Exercise – build strength and get that pulse rate up for at least 30 minutes per day.
Water – 6-8 glasses per day is great, more if you’re working up a sweat.
Sunshine – short periods of direct sun exposure every day will produce vitamin D. If you’re sunburnt you’ve overdone it.
Temperance – avoid bingeing and extreme health fads. Moderation is the key. When it comes to addictive substances, however, quitting is best.
Air – avoid cigarettes and smog. Open windows when you can. Get outside.
Rest – 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Don’t burn yourself out with overwork. Break the routine with a rest day once a week.
Trust in God – a heart at peace with the universe will have a positive effect on your physical health, not to mention your relationships and success at work.
Ready to make some changes? Even a small step towards a more balanced lifestyle will boost your mood and confidence and have you ready for more! Every day is a good day for a new start.