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10 Easy Resolutions for the New Decade

Hooray it is almost a new year! Like a newly made bed or a first page in a notebook the first of January is a fresh start. This year I’m going to be making simple resolutions that should be easy to stick to. They are small changes to my daily routine that should keep me healthy and happy into this brand new decade - and you are welcome to join me.

The first is to floss my teeth once a day. I know in a perfect world this would be twice a day but I need to keep it real. Flossing regularly is thought to protect heart health because of the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory about why the two are linked is that bacteria from a mouth infection is thought to enter the bloodstream and then move its way to the heart and then be pumped to the rest of the body. Flossing is also good for our gums and if I am going to be invested in my health I need to include my whole body in that picture.

My next resolution is no screens after 9pm. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off at 8:30pm and that is my wind down alert. My phone’s do-not -disturb function turns on at 8:30pm as well. Even though my phone has a night shift mode (so as not to send blue light/ it’s-still-day-time messages to my brain), I need to get off my phone to calm my mind. By picking up a book I create a clear signal that it is time to mentally and physically prepare for sleep.

2020 is going to be the year that I manage to keep a plant alive. Not just my slightly ill spider plant or thrive-on-neglect aloe vera plants either. Why? Well the presence of indoor plants can lower human stress levels. Not only that - actively caring for plants is supposed to calm the autonomic nervous system and lower blood pressure. People who work near plants report greater concentration, satisfaction, and perceived air quality. It’s worth a try. I’m going to need a reminder in my phone though..