As the New Year is approaching, people all over Australia are gearing up to tackle problems and create visions for a better tomorrow by creating healthy New Year resolutions. Amidst all the areas that we hope to tackle in our personal lives, health and relationships are perhaps the most demanding ones.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, approximately one in three marriages end in divorce and most people who separate have been married for less than 10 years. Furthermore, according to the statistics produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), Australia has the highest rate of medical negligence in the developed world. Hence, it has now become imperative to develop a strong vision for your relationships and health for the coming year.

The first thing you should do is analyse your current situation in both these departments. Answer all these important questions regarding your health:

  • How healthy are you really?
  • How strong is your body?
  • What is your relationship with food?
  • Do you need to make any changes in your lifestyle in order to make it healthier?

According to Dr. Danielle Stowasser, “Large meals, rich foods, eating too late, and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can cause a burning sensation called ‘reflux’ or heartburn.” Similarly you need to ask yourself such questions on the relationship vision front as well.

Once you’ve discovered your present situation, the next step it to analyse the changes that you need to make and set your vision for a healthy New Year accordingly. This gives you a valuable insight balancing between your needs and demands and how to adjust them in your life in an organised manner.

The following step is crucial as it focuses on goal setting part. Your 2012 health goals should be realistic, well planned and permanent.  The author of This Year I will, M.J. Ryan said that, “Eating healthy and exercising won’t help you if it’s only temporary”. Make your health goals non-negotiable and address them daily. Write them down and keep them in sight to maintain focus on them. You can also write down the most common excuses you use, consciously or unconsciously, to evade dealing with your health issues. Once you’ve written them down, think of ways to overcome them. This way you’ll be prepared to make your New Year health vision last.

When it comes to relationships, you should work on developing healthy relationhips with your loved ones with zeal and determination. Maggie Dent, author of Saving Our Children From Our Chaotic World stated,“As a family, make a commitment to each other, such as promising to eat Sunday breakfast together every week, or have ‘date’ nights with your children – one on one – without any other family interruptions. These are all activities you can do together that won’t cost anything and require little organisation”. Include these points in your New Year vision: spend more time with your loved ones, talk to each other, be flexible, be supportive, and recognise the fact that everyone is different. If you manage to include these pointers in your relationship dealings, you’ll be able to accomplish your relationship goals in no time. Make a conscious effort to include them in your everyday life. Once you’ll start experiencing the positive results, you’ll stick to these helpful tips for your 2012 resolution.

Is a healthy body and healthy relationships part of your New Year resolutions? Share your 2012 resolutions below.

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