Shifting Resolutions

Setting a performance goal may help you stay more motivated compared to a weight-loss goal. Start with say 10 pull-ups or 20 push-ups or touch your toes 30 times throughout the day, adding more week after week, to create a healthy shift from focusing purely on aesthetics to performance.

Bad habits and bad ideas go hand-in-hand and one work related idea that caught on in a horrible way a decade ago is “multi-tasking.” Don’t let any boss or anybody tell you otherwise. Mono-tasking on the other hand, that is taking a qualitative approach focusing on one job, project, or goal at a time, completing that task, and moving onto the next, is healthy and much more productive.

This one’s important: Let the phone obsession thing go. Convince yourself that you’ll be just as productive without that palm-size screen in your hand. And get the family involved to lose the digital devices during family time and shift the focus to perhaps discuss news and events and maybe even how your resolutions are coming along, anything but missing out on face-to-face communication with actual people.

Learn something new and rather than something esoteric, master something you missed out on during childhood or perhaps brush up on your Bahasa Indonesia. Or, never learned how to play chess or backgammon? Make it a priority in 2017. Still don’t know how to open water dive? You’re in the right place; head to Sanur for a SCUBA course. Or, it could be as simple and low commitment as picking up a yo-yo, but you’ll still have the gratification of mastering something new.

Feel like old friends (or family) continents away have fallen by the wayside? It’s great for your health to reconnect with them even if just by Skype. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise, a study in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests.

Travel to interesting places in our corner of SE Asia.The joys and rewards of travel can last long after the suitcase is put away allowing us to tap into life as an adventure, and we can add more travel in our lives without having to do anything too bold or dramatic. The planning and the many excursion opportunities from Bali to beguiling and colorful destinations in SE Asia will easily occupy your free time and simply make you feel rejuvenated and replenished after several days away.

The above resolutions are inwardly focused, concentrating on ways to feel, think and look better however, while there is nothing wrong with improving yourself, it’s worth remembering there’s a whole world out there, too. Make 2017 the year to also look outwards helping make the world, and Bali, a better place. Plan to do one nice thing a day for someone less privileged; whether it’s something small like giving a compliment, or something potentially life-saving like donating blood or sponsoring a child in need (www.careforkidsbali.com). By knowing you are making a difference, you will also indirectly boost your own happiness and sense of achievement.

Health-e reporting with sources: Huff Post; Real Buzz; Daily Burn

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