For many of us, being relentlessly stressed-out has become an almost ‘normal’ state, however unpleasant. Unfortunately, the stress overload of modern life can have a massive impact on our health, weakening immunity, damaging organs and, over time, increasing the risk for many of the diseases we fear most.
For many people, the New Year feels like a fresh start. So we make resolutions to lose weight, to play the piano daily, to learn Mandarin. These vows are an ancient practice - though they may have been no better at fulfilling their resolutions than we are now.
When it comes to the end of one year and the start of another, I always like to take some time to reflect on the lessons learned and think about the tweaks we all can strive to make going forward. This year, going into 2020, I propose focusing on 20 behaviors that encourage wellness in all aspects of life.
Continually voicing your difficulties can push you – and others – down a rabbit hole of negativity, ironically leading to increased disconnection from others, a poorer outlook on life, and even compromised health. Optimism has the opposite effect, according to numerous studies, positively impacting both mind and body.
1. Take the Long View When you feel yourself reacting to some external stimuli with an impulse to speed up, push pause. “During this brief time-out, imagine yourself looking back on this ‘crisis’ a year from now,” says Honoré, “and notice how insignificant it will...