It’s normal to feel torn, wondering if it's right to be "celebrating" as we ring in the new year, after experiencing one of the toughest years our country has ever had.
But on the other hand, we've also been feeling totally ready for the joy and small bit of normalcy that holiday traditions often bring: family, friends, togetherness, and memories.
If you're feeling stressed, anxious, or a bit down this New Year’s Eve, this article is for you... and you're not alone.
We’re taking a moment to remind you that you're not alone and that you’re a stronger, more resilient version of yourself today. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of the incredible challenges you’ve overcome in 2020!
Primal Harvest was created to be an inclusive holistic community of supportive, positive, and inspiring wellness warriors who help each other live their best life at any age. And this New Year’s Eve, we are so overjoyed to see how our community has flourished.
The gift of sharing love and gratitude for our amazing community is stronger than our physical distance this New Year’s Eve.
That’s why we felt it was important to personally share some words of positivity, love, and support today. Although we will be moving into the new year without any certainty of what 2021 will bring, we can still set personal goals and New Year’s Resolutions that lift our spirits and help us stay healthy, centered, and motivated.
In one study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, it was discovered that the most common resolutions included goals such as falling in love, making more money, and losing weight.
So how can we plan New Year’s resolutions amidst the current uncertainty? By focusing on the things we CAN control.
It’s estimated that approximately 41% of Americans make New Year's resolutions. However, under normal circumstances, it’s also estimated that only about 9.2% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Even worse, only approximately 19% kept up with their resolutions two years later (despite 77% being able to maintain their goal for the first week).
Typically, studies have found that most people largely underestimate the amount of time it will take them to achieve a goal or complete a task, often by 20% or more. This phenomenon is referred to as the "planning fallacy" in psychology and was coined in 1977 by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amod Tversky.
These psychologists found that this issue stems from two psychological tendencies:
- Our optimism (known as 'optimism bias,' AKA 'wishful thinking') leads us to assume that we won't run into any complications or delays along the journey.
- We usually fail to consider historical data, or in other words, how long it's taken us to complete a similar goal or task in the past.
So what’s different about this year that gives us an advantage when it comes to goal setting? In two words: Time and perspective.
Why You Shouldn't Give Up Your New Year's Resolutions
For many of us, our normal routines and everyday way of going about our lives and looking at things has been greatly affected by the events of 2020. Actively being forced out of our comfort zones inevitably has forced us to push past stress, anxiety, and uncomfortable (and often terrifying) situations.
Fear for our health and our loved ones has led us to reassess the things we hold most dear and re-prioritize our lives around what matters most. We’ve also largely had more time to ponder our holistic health goals while in lockdown and forced to stay indoors. Not being able to visit the gym has even created a new desire in so many to get out there and get active, not just for your outward physique, but for your immunity and longevity.
With a new appreciation for the incredible gift of good health, the upcoming year offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sit down with your thoughts and sort through your emotions and the status of your health from a holistic perspective, including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
It also offers the chance to let go of some of the baggage weighing you down from the previous year and start anew in 2021. Instead of focusing on the restrictions or the fact that your health & wellness may not be where you want it to be on this day, we invite you to check out our list of positive New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year that are worth committing to.
HERE'S 7 HEALTHY NEW YEAR’S
RESOLUTION IDEAS FOR 2021
1) START A NEW SUPPLEMENT ROUTINE (OR REVAMP YOUR OLD ONE)
For many of us, we are rounding out the year feeling noticeably less healthy than we did last year. Being forced to stay indoors, lack of social engagement, closure of gyms, illness stress and anxiety, and many other factors have caused a major roadblock in our usual healthy routines.
On top of that, the newly coined term “lockdown brain” has created feelings of brain fog in many people now experiencing more difficulty concentrating, remembering facts and names, and performing mentally at work or school.
The start of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to take a close look at your supplement routine and really assess your needs and goals. When was the last time you really analyzed your nutritional needs? It’s not uncommon to buy into the latest supplement trend or pick up any old multivitamin from the grocery store, but if you’re not tailoring your supplement routine to your unique needs, it’s possible you’re getting little to no benefit (and wasting your hard-earned money).
Not sure how to get started? We’ve listed some recommendations below and offer free wellness consultations anytime! SImply contact our team at Support@primalharvest.com or by sending us a message on social media @PrimalHarvest. You can also take our supplement quiz by clicking here to find out the #1 recommendation for your wellness goals.
The majority of people don't meet their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, especially the dark, leafy kind. Try a premium supergreens blend (like our Primal Greens) for a convenient, concentrated superfood and probiotic boost that can improve energy levels, increase immune defenses, and help support healthy digestion and an overall healthy glow.
We dramatically begin to lose essential collagen, the primary building block in our bodies, after age 30. Try a hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder (like our Primal Collagen or Keto Collagen) for well-rounded healthy aging support and improved joint, bone, hair, skin, nail, and gut health.
Studies now show that our gut health has a direct impact on pretty much every major system in our bodies. Try a prebiotic + probiotics + postbiotic super combo to improve gut health, digestion, skin health, mood, mental clarity, immunity, and sleep. Promoting a healthy gut microbiota with gut-friendly foods and a supplement like our Primal Gut Restore or Primal Probiotics can positively impact many different areas of your health!
The incredible antioxidant powers found within turmeric extract can promote healthy inflammatory responses, lessen aches, and improve mobility, cognitive function, skin, and overall health. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and only growing in popularity, the powerful turmeric curcumin in our Turmeric Complex and Primal Flex is definitely a must-have supplement to add to your routine in 2021.
Fatty acids like the omega-3's found in abundance in fish oil supplements like our Primal Omega-3 are essential for hydrating our bodies from the inside out. They are vital for human development, healthy aging, heart health, mood, healthy cognition, and more. Often lacking in our diets, omega-3's have been thoroughly studied for their long list of whole body-supporting benefits.
2) GET STRICT ABOUT SLEEP
Your cells are not able to properly repair themselves when you’re sleep-deprived. With the added stress we’ve faced over the past year, sleep is more important than ever. Aim for about 8 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, try avoiding blue light, violent movies, caffeine, and eating too close to bedtime. You can also try a natural sleep aid, such as our Primal Sleep formula.
3) LISTEN TO ONE PODCAST PER WEEK
Research shows that the main reason people come up with New Year’s resolutions is for the purpose of improving themselves. In other words, becoming a better person and becoming better at what you do each day. Choosing a podcast that interests you and committing to listening at least once per week can help you to feel motivated as you soak in new information. Best of all, it makes a great resolution, as it can be done from anywhere, is convenient, affordable, and lockdown friendly.
4) TAKE REGULAR BREAKS (AND VACATION TIME)
This one may be somewhat opposite from what we would strive for in a normal year, however 2020 has been anything but normal. As the majority of us moved to remote working and remote schooling for our children, the barriers of personal and business priorities have become dangerously intertwined.
This means that many of us have fallen victim to a vicious cycle of overworking without breaks, because we’re always connected to work, school, and other obligations. Taking the opportunity to realign with healthy boundaries and taking the breaks you need and deserve will not only make you more productive (at least 10% according to some surveys) but it will help restore some of the balance and self care that may have been neglected in the previous year.
5) REARRANGE AND DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE
Make room for new energy and new beginnings after a stressful year by literally cleaning out your living space. Set aside some time to clear out the old and begin with a fresh slate in 2021. Some ideas can include DIY projects, cleaning out your email inbox (virtual space counts too!), practicing your minimalism, donating old clothes, and rearranging your furniture. You’ll likely feel accomplished, renewed, and ready to start the year on the right foot!
6) BUY NEW CLOTHES THAT FIT TODAY
Hanging on to old clothes that no longer fit is only going to bring frustration, negative feelings, and cause you to beat yourself up over unmet fitness or weight loss goals. The weight gain that has accompanied the events of 2020 for many of us is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. As you focus on your holistic wellness, it’s important to look forward instead of backward. Buy clothes that fit you NOW instead and let go of the guilt that you may not be where you want to be. There’s a new year ahead!
7) GIVE THERAPY A TRY
After the year we’ve had, it might be the perfect time to return to therapy or give therapy a try for the first time. The different areas of your health are all connected and the state of your mental and emotional health inevitably will also affect you physically. There are many different types of therapy to fit different styles and needs, and even many online options as well (such as BetterHelp).
Sitting with a professional once a week or so can help you stay on top of the stress and anxiety brought about in 2020, especially if you may be dealing with grief or depression. There’s never been a more important year to focus on mental health and embrace the importance of mental self care.
ARE YOU READY TO FACE 2021 WITH SOME POWERFUL NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS? WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE HOPING FOR IN 2021! JOIN OUR PRIMAL HARVEST TRIBE COMMUNITY ON FACEBOOK OR CONNECT WITH US @PRIMALHARVEST AND LET US KNOW YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR.