10 New Year’s resolutions you should consider for 2018


It’s finally time for the ‘New Year new me’ trend to kick in and with that, we bring you 10 easy ways, compiled from Newsweek, to make your 2018 more meaningful.

1) Eat more fish

A recent study specified that if eaten every week, fish helped children sleep better and enhanced their IQs by up to four points. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have also been linked to lower rates of heart disease.

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2) Make connections

Health professionals at the Aspen Ideas Festival recently spoke about how an increasing amount of people feel lonely, which takes a toll on mental and physical health. While you can have many friends and still feel lonely, talking about your feelings with others can provide social support.

3) Take a warm bath

A study indicates that a hot bath of 104 degrees could burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk, reported Bravo.

4) Go to bed early

Lack of sleep has many implications including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Create a chosen bedtime, set an alarm as a reminder and aim to hit the sack in time to get a solid seven to eight hours.

5) Give up fizzy drinks

This includes all the diet sodas too. While some opt to drink calorie-free beverages for weight-loss purposes, a recent study indicated that people who regularly consumed diet soft drinks were at an increased risk for dementia or stroke, reported the The Washington Post.

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6) Don’t eat after 9 pm

Late-night snacking goes against our biological clocks. A study indicates that eating later in the evening could increase your heart disease risk as well.

7) Read

Spending some time with books is good for your brain and according to health professionals the hobby can also enrich your social skills. “People who read fiction may understand people better than others,” cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley explained to CNN. “A work of fiction is a piece of consciousness that can pass from one mind to another and that reader can make it their own.”

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8) Eat salad

Having a leafy green salad atleast once a week can do wonders. In a story published earlier this month, consuming your weekly greens can keep your brain up to 11 years younger.

9) Cut down on social media

It’s good to be connected with people but excess of anything is bad. Even Facebook recently admitted that too much time online could be bad for your mental health. Research has shown that children and teens in particular may have lower self-esteem due to social media’s influence.

Try to limit how much time you spend online and replace that with quality time spent networking in real life.

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10) Save

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day expenses but saving for your financial future is important. As CNN reported, many people don’t even have $500 stored away for emergencies. Give up on certain luxuries once in a while and immediately transfer the money you saved into a separate account.

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