Drink, Sleep and Breathe
It’s that time of year again the time to make those New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, as a therapist I am all about change and resolutions are a way of monitoring change.
Can I offer three resolutions that you can achieve and maintain for the New Year?
Drink more water, sleep more and breathe better. They sound easy don’t they?
We all need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Most of us are dehydrated and you can feel it. You can’t count all liquids and especially caffeinated drinks. The water helps with blood circulation, digestion and can keep off weight. If you drink a glass of water before a meal it helps to fill you up and stems hunger. So drink more water.
Most people aren’t getting the eight hours of sleep they really need. Set up a pattern of going to bed early. Calm yourself before you go to bed, turn down lights, and ease into your sleep. You need your sleep to recharge your body and meet the busy day ahead.
Breathe better. We tend to do shallow breathing. Most of us are hunched over and take panting breathes that do not expand our lungs to full capacity. Take a few seconds every hour or so and stretch and take a big belly breath. Deep breathing clears your head, helps with relaxation and renews energy. Try it now breathe fully through your nose, count to three and exhale through your mouth counting to three. Feels great, right?
Give these three resolutions a try.