Resolutions aren’t goals; an important distinction to make. There is what you plan to achieve—and there’s what you do now. If you beat yourself up every day because you haven’t lost 20 pounds yet, you won’t get very far. Not only because this is a tall order and can’t happen right away, but also because in ratcheting up your stress levels, you make it that much harder to achieve.
1. Lighten your load
Carting around a heavy bag or briefcase every day can do a job on your neck, shoulders, and back, plus throw off your spinal alignment. Make some changes to ease up on your body and prevent and address aches and pains.
2. Try a new herbal tea.
While the ritual of brewing and drinking tea alone can soothe the soul, don’t underestimate the power of herbs to relax you.
A fun way to break out of the drudgery of working out is to approach it as a game—and even do the things you did as a kid. You’re more likely to enjoy physical activity, and do more of it.
4. Find out what’s stressing you.
You can’t address what you don’t know. Find out exactly where you fall on the spectrum of stress, and what issues plague you most—and address it.