As the holiday season begins, you may be spending more time thinking about what dish you should prepare for the next family gathering or be crossing people off your holiday shopping list. But the holidays are also a time to begin “rethinking your resolutions.”
The average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas – making it much harder to achieve those healthy living resolutions, such as losing weight, once January 1 rolls around.
To help you manage your goals for 2018, Great Expressions Dental Centers (GEDC), a leading dental service organization, would like to promote the idea of considering your New Year’s resolutions well before it’s time to act on them. To do so, they have put together tips on how to “rethink your resolutions”:
- Maintain weight: Before you sit down for a big holiday dinner or sneak a tasty treat, take the time to prepare a healthy dish that can be enjoyed by you and others. By consciously watching what you eat during a time that you typically feast, you are setting yourself up for success when trying to get healthy in 2018.
- Save money: Don’t lose your hard-earned money. Give your insurance company a call and find out how much money you have left in your medical benefits flex account. Once you’ve determined how much you have left in your account, take the time to call your local dentist or doctor to schedule appointments or services you have been putting off. If you don’t use that money, you lose it!
- Have a plan: Having a plan in place or determining your resolutions prior to the holidays will help you stay on track as you work towards a final goal. It can also be important as you may lose motivation around the holidays, but you can always think back to your resolutions to remind yourself why the change was important to you in the first place.
- Be kind: The holidays are typically a time that we spend celebrating and thinking about others. It’s important to not only be kind to family, friends, and strangers during this time but also to yourself. You want to start the New Year off on a positive note in an effort to enable yourself to succeed!