How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! Maybe you made some resolutions this year. Hey, it’s only January – you still have plenty of time to fulfill them.  Here are some ways to make your resolutions more achievable in 2016.  

If your resolution is to lose weight

Don’t: go on a crash diet

As emotionally, if not physically, satisfying as it might be to suddenly switch to eating only cauliflower and tiny scraps of grass-fed beef, radically changing your diet is not a recipe for long-term success. For one, your metabolism slows down – meaning that you won’t be losing those post-holiday pounds.

Do: Make healthy, acceptable dietary changes.

Mango slices instead of a brownie for dessert?  Switching from pork to turkey bacon?  Opting for the bowl instead of the burrito at Chipotle? Find mini-hacks that work for you and get started.

If your resolution is to reduce stress

Don’t: Quit your job and move to Fiji.

If you’re frustrated with your house, your job, your family, your dog – leaving it all behind and finding the most far-flung beach possible might seem like a good call. But after the first few blissful weeks, you’ll find that you have a new set of issues.

Do: Incorporate stress reduction into your everyday life with a deep tissue massage!

Find ways to give yourself a break. A deep tissue massage is one of the best stress reduction techniques. Meditation, like massage, is also an accessible and on-demand way to bring some peacefulness into your life. And if you’re not allergic, a dog or a cat, like massage, can reduce stress and blood pressure.

If your resolution is to save money

Don’t:  Set a titanic goal.

Win Powerball!  Save $100,000 (on a $50,000 salary).  While it’s a laudable goal to save money, setting unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration – even overspending.

Do: Find ways to save money across the board

If you buy your lunch every day, considering making it at home and bringing it in a few times a week (in a pinch, frozen meals from Trader Joe’s work too). If you get regular massages, consider Zeel’s massage membership, which can save you up to 20% off your Zeel Massage. If you’re a big Uber fan, consider walking or taking the bus once in awhile.

Whether you decide to start a new diet, begin saving for your next tropical getaway, or indulge in a stress reducing deep tissue massage, we hope you achieve your goals for 2016! Happy New Year from Zeel.

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