Living Up to Your New Year’s Resolution to Both Feel Good and Look Good

Now that the new year is in full swing, most of us are excited about living up to our New Year’s resolution to adopt a healthier lifestyle to both feel and look good. We want to enjoy life to the fullest, and feeling and to look our best is the first step toward that goal. But even though our goal is admirable, we may not quite know what to do to live up to that New Year’s resolution. We at New Leaf Botanics have some suggestions to help you do just that.

Feeling Good

Let’s face it, feeling good is the foundation for getting the most out of life. If you don’t feel right, you don’t have as much energy, you’re not as productive as you could be, and you probably don’t look as good as you could. But feeling good takes a commitment to caring for yourself and what goes into your body and mind.

Diet

A healthy diet will feed your body and mind and give you what you need for peak performance. Besides, a healthy diet is the best way to feel your best quickly, and health-conscious web sites like The Mayo Clinic have plenty of suggestions to get you going.

The CDC recommends various healthy foods that add nutrition and color and excitement to your meals. They emphasize lots of whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables, along with lean meats and healthy fats. Here are some suggestions for each category.

●      Vegetables – The CDC recommends steaming or grilling fresh vegetables to retain as many vitamins and minerals as possible. If you use canned vegetables, make sure there isn’t any added butter, salt, or unhealthy ingredients added during the canning process. And be sure to try adding a variety of herbs like rosemary or basil to spice things up.

●      Fruit – There is a wide variety of fruit available, so why not try something other than apples and bananas next time you’re at the grocery? If you buy canned fruit because what you want is not in season, make sure the fruit is canned in water or its own juices instead of syrup.

●      Meats – Try to stick with lean meats like chicken and fish, and prepare them by grilling or baking instead of frying. There are lots of recipes out there to keep it interesting, and some may also allow you to substitute beans for meat to make it even healthier.

●      Calcium – Stick with low-fat or fat-free milk, and consider adding yogurt that does not contain added sugars to your diet for more calcium.

●      Comfort foods – Although it may seem odd, the CDC recommends that you do not entirely cut out the foods that you love. However, moderation is the key. So they suggest eating them less often, eat smaller amounts, and look for lower-calorie versions of what you love.

Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as diet when it comes to feeling good. An unhealthy mental state can rob you of the enjoyment of a healthy body or cause you to not be interested in your health at all. Especially during lockdowns mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic, your mental health is vital. Health experts suggest that you:

●      Talk about your feelings;

●      Keep active;

●      Drink alcohol sensibly;

●      Eat well;

●      Care for others;

●      Do something you enjoy every day;

●      Take breaks for a change of scenery; and

●      Ask for help if you need it.

Overall, take care of yourself, stay in contact with others, and not be afraid to reach out for help when you need to.

Looking Good

There’s nothing that builds confidence, like looking good. We all enjoy that extra boost of confidence we feel when we look in the mirror and are happy with what we see. But that happiness takes some work.

Exercise

One way to get our bodies looking better is through exercise. Working out tones your body, helps you lose weight or stay trim, and releases a flood of endorphins that make you feel fantastic for hours after your last stomach crunch. There is an enormous number of workouts available online, so you certainly have plenty to choose from – or you can even create your own.

The important thing is that you pick something that you actually enjoy doing. If you dread your workout, chances increase that you will not keep exercising over time. But if you love and look forward to it, you will sustain your program for much longer. Don’t be afraid to switch things up after a while, so you never get bored. And as far as intensity goes, be sure to start any new program by taking it easy. Less is more, at least at first. Incrementally build in intensity until you reach your desired level.

Dress

The human body comes in all shapes and sizes. Clothing that looks good on one person does not necessarily look good on another. Your body size, shape, and even skin coloring go into what dress looks good on you. To find the style that fits your personality. And after you’ve chosen a style you like, bring an honest friend with you when trying on clothes. While you don’t have to let them dictate your choices, it’s always nice to get a second opinion about what really looks good on you.

Healthy Skin Care

More and more, women are turning to healthier alternatives when it comes to cosmetics and skincare. If you take a peek on the internet, you’ll see no shortage of companies who offer cosmetics made with natural ingredients. Some of these companies even provide skincare that contains health benefits, like New Leaf Botanics’ CBD Salve Stick. This salve stick revitalizes dry, flaky skin and helps to improve your skin’s texture while moisture-rich CBD cream penetrates to give you softer and more youthful skin.

New Leaf Botanics: Helping You Look and Feel Your Best

Everyone wants to look and feel their best, and we at New Leaf Botanics wish to help you achieve that goal. To that end, we offer our unique, rejuvenating CBD Salve Stick along with a full line of CBD Tinctures, Softgels, and Gummies. Shop with us on our website today, and feel free to contact us online with any questions you may have. We are here to help you take on the new year looking and feeling your best!

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Getting More Done in the New Year

It seems like our to-do list is never-ending. Every day there is more to accomplish than hours on the clock, and many people struggle to find ways of checking off those boxes on their to-do list faster. But time management isn’t a fantastical beast hiding in the depths of the rainforest! Learning to work more efficiently is a skill that can be taught and learned, so let’s take a look at some suggestions from the professionals at New Leaf Botanics.

Suggestions for Getting More Done

Here are some practical suggestions from the business world that can help us streamline our work and boost productivity.

●      Only deal with a paper or email once. There’s nothing worse than opening your inbox and finding 3,672 emails waiting to be dealt with. Maybe they’ve been piling up over time, or perhaps you are simply that popular! Either way, don’t let emails languish in your inbox. Skipping that nuisance email now because you don’t have the time to deal with it only delays the inevitable. So take action immediately, and keep your inbox up-to-date.

●      Take breaks. If you’re stalling or feeling like you’ve hit a wall during your workday, feel free to take a break. After a bit of rest, you will return to your task with renewed energy and possibly a new perspective on the issue at hand.

●      Write it down. Always keep a little notepad by your desk. If you have a great thought that comes to mind, write it down immediately. By writing it down, you’ve given yourself permission to move on without fear of forgetting your brilliance later on.

●      Exercise in the middle of the day. Working out in the middle of the day may not be your first choice, but don’t dismiss the idea too quickly. It’s a great break in the day, it gets oxygen flowing to your brain for better cognitive performance, and it gives you the energy you need to finish your day strong.

●      Use a block of time for each task. Don’t multitask! When you multitask, you give each job that you are juggling less attention than it needs to be done correctly. Block out specific times during the day to get each task done, and during that time, give that task your undivided attention.

●      Prioritize your checklist. Be sure to hit your most important tasks first thing in the day, when you have the most energy. Getting the “big fish” out of the way first allows you to breathe a little easier, knowing that the hard part is over.

●      Get enough sleep. Nothing is worse than dragging yourself through the day when you are mentally and physically tired. Be sure to get enough rest so that your mind and body can better handle your workload.

●      Turn off social media. Few things are as distracting as social media, so avoid it during your workday. If your job includes dealing with social media, be sure to not log in to your personal account while working.

Staying Alert

Obviously, you must be alert and focused on accomplishing your goals on any given day. Here are some suggestions to help you feel less sluggish and more energetic.

Diet

Your body needs nutrients to operate at peak efficiency. A healthy and balanced diet will give your body what it needs to have the energy to get more done. A healthy diet will also feed your brain so that it remains alert and focused throughout the day.

Exercise

Exercise is a great way to build up your body’s stamina, which will help you to accomplish your goals. Exercise also helps to relieve stress and clear your mind.

Mental Health

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Even if you are physically healthy, issues like anxiety and depression can rob you of your ability to perform even routine tasks. Especially during times of separation from others brought about by COVID-19 lockdowns, it is essential to make sure that you mentally take care of yourself. Reach out to someone just to talk and feel some human company for a while. Or, if you are feeling really down, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Downsides of Stimulants

Many of us are determined to get more done in the new year reach for stimulants to help us get through the day. Unfortunately, most of these stimulants have adverse side effects.

Caffeine

Sure, that morning cup of coffee is a welcome ritual, but too much caffeine can cause such side effects as:

●      Anxiety,

●      Dehydration,

●      Dizziness,

●      Insomnia,

●      Headaches,

●      Abnormal heart rhythm, and

●      Dependency.

Because of these adverse side effects, it is recommended that you limit your coffee intake to two cups a day.

Sugar

We all know that sugar makes things taste better, but too much sugar can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, fatty liver disease, inflammation, and weight gain. All of these increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Energy Drinks

The primary stimulant in energy drinks is caffeine – and there’s a lot of it. A typical 16 oz energy drink likely contains between 150 to 280 mg of caffeine. By comparison, a 12 oz can of soda only has about 35 mg. Many energy drinks also contain guarana. This South American plant is an even more potent form of caffeine, with every ounce containing 40 to 80 mg. Side effects include:

●      Restlessness,

●      Insomnia,

●      Heart palpitations,

●      Dehydration,

●      Increase heart rate, and

●      High blood pressure.

Finally, many energy drinks are loaded with sugar as well. None of these ingredients is right for your health, so please use these drinks with care.

A Healthier Way

At New Leaf Botanics, we believe that there are healthier, holistic options to stimulants that will still help you stay alert and feel your best. For instance, our Summer Lemon CBD Tincture allows you to get just the right amount of CBD to help you remain awake and get more done throughout your day. In fact, we have an entire line of tinctures for you to choose from. If you prefer to have a convenient soft gel, our CBD Softgels give you exactly 10 mg of all-natural CBD and is another plant-based option to harmful stimulants.

However you wish to get more done in the new year, you can count on New Leaf Botanics to be there to help you meet your goals. Shop our convenient online store or contact us online today!