Many people see the dawn of a new year as the perfect time to implement changes that they hope will have positive impacts on their lives in the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions have a way of falling by the wayside as the year progresses, but sticking with the following healthy resolutions can have a lasting impact on your well-being.
In an analysis of 12 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that people who read books for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years lived an average of two years longer than people who did not read at all. Instead of reaching for your phone in the morning, grab a book and read for a few minutes. Trade your habitual evening screentime for twenty minutes of reading. Keeping a book in your purse will encourage you to get your bookworm on while you are waiting for an appointment or on your lunch break; before you know, you will have logged in 30 minutes and then some.
Don’t we all wish we could sleep more? With commitments to our families and careers, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of shut-eye every night can seem positively unattainable. But studies from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute notes that making an effort is well worth it: Ongoing sleep deficiency can increase a person’s risk for chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Regular exercise, sticking to a set bedtime, avoiding large meals in the evening and minimizing screentime in the bedroom (see above) will help contribute to logging in more zzzz’s and an overall healthier lifestyle.
As recently as 15 years ago, many adults made it through their days without smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other devices that are so prevalent today. While these technologies are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, turning them off can have profound impacts on your quality of life. A 2013 survey of more than 1,000 people conducted by the resilience platform meQuilibrium found that 73 percent of respondents felt their devices contributed to stress in their lives.
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