Let’s face it, 2010 was a tough year. Who wants to think about resolutions for 2011?! It is time to put 2010 behind you, and plan for a great 2011! Start off by setting some goals for yourself. Write them down, and share them with others. You are now accountable!
Take care of yourself. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat fish and chicken. You are what you eat! Your body, which is like a finely tuned machine, requires nutrients to function at an optimum level. If you fill it up with junk food, you will not be giving your body the proper fuel to function at the best level possible. Give yourself the best nutrition, and see how well you feel!
Drink plenty of water. Not only does it keep your insides hydrated, but your skin will be clearer, too! Years ago, I found I drank less water on weekends, and began to get migraines on the weekends. Some would say it was due to alcohol intake, which could be a contributing factor. But I found my migraines were due to dehydration! So keep yourself hydrated!
Find time in your life to exercise. Whether it is a walk around the block, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, working out in the gym, or taking yoga classes, JUST DO IT! Not only will your metabolism be better, but it is also good for your mental health. You may just drop some weight besides!
Work up to flossing daily! The main goal of flossing is to reduce the inflammation in your gums. Medical research is proving that many disease processes are caused by inflammation, including heart disease, diabetes and periodontal disease. Why not reduce the inflammation of your gums by flossing regularly, an easy non-prescription way to help control a disease process! Get started today!
Work on changing your mental attitude. See the positives in people. Recognize beauty in this world, whether the innocence of a rainstorm, or the peacefulness of the outdoors. Forgive people for their transgressions. Recognize tomorrow will be a new day, especially if today wasn’t as great as you had planned it to be. Celebrate your achievements, however small. Realize that you are human, and you may have set-backs. You are not a failure. You need to learn from the set-backs and move on again. You are loved!
Once you are able to work on improving yourself, you will feel better physically and mentally. You can then gain a true sense of inner peace by helping others, less fortunate than yourself. Feed the homeless at a shelter or build a house at Habitat for Humanity. You do not need to donate money, which may be in short supply during this recession. You will gain much more by donating your TIME! Try volunteering, and see how good it makes you feel.
Happy 2011! Make it a great year for yourself and others by establishing new habits. Make it a new beginning!
Elizabeth Fleming, DDS and staff at Desert Ridge Smiles
20950 N. Tatum Blvd Ste 280
Phoenix, AZ 85050 480-860-4300