Health Professionals Suggest Not Making Resolutions This Year

New Year’s Day is a common day to make resolutions, often health and career related. However, mental health professionals at the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University that during these extra stressful times may do more harm than good.

According to experts, in normal times a little stress can be a motivator to be productive and complete our resolutions However, when stress is chronic and prolonged our bodies and minds aren’t getting the “stop stress” signal and we don’t ever give ourselves a chance to calm down. This can be bad for both physical and mental health.

This never-ending stress comes from all the major life adjustments we’ve had to make during the pandemic.

Experts suggest not making resolutions at all or at least not ones that call for sweeping change (as sweeping change is what got us all stressed in the first place. They suggest practicing mindfulness, being in the moment and making small changes that make your day to day life easier.

Whether it is literal meditation or being aware to the small, but nourishing activates your already doing, focusing on the moment and letting go of concerns about the past and the future, for many, can bring a fresh and calming perspective to their day.



Keep Your Diet and Exercise Resolutions by Involving Your Dog

If you resolved to start a diet and exercise plan, don’t look at the success statistics as most experts agree they are rather low. Instead, perhaps take some advice from both the animal and human health experts at the Ohio State University who say that if you partner with your pet to diet and exercise it might increase your chances for success.

Both humans and animals benefit from a healthy life style that includes exercise and a good diet. OSU experts acknowledge there are all kinds of programs to get you and your pet involved—everything from dog yoga and dog Pilates to couch-to-5k programs. They warn though that it is best for both you and your pet to start slow with the exercise. They suggest they following:

Schedule workouts. Make grocery lists. Plan daily practices. Make small, manageable changes. It will lead to big results given time. Try different things and figure out activities both you and your pet enjoy. Wellness checkups are important. Make one for yourself when you make one for your pet. Don’t be afraid to celebrate your success.