The new year’s resolution: It’s a pattern that has been repeated so many times in our lives, that it has almost lost all meaning whatsoever. In fact, studies show that after one week, one in four people have already failed to keep up their new habit. After a month, almost half of us have fallen off the wagon. Beyond this, only 20% of people actually stick to their resolve. Why is this?
Firstly, you need to change your attitude before you can change your behaviour. If you resolve to cut sugar from your diet, but you still indulge in a little look-see of a nutella donut when you walk past a bakery, you are unlikely to win every battle of self control. Secondly, you need to believe it is possible. If you subconsciously believe that the goal is too lofty, and ultimately unattainable, the battle is lost already. It becomes a question of how long until you break. Reorienting your mindset is a tricky thing, but it is a necessity if you want to avoid feelings of failure, and another new year’s eve resolution thrown to the scrapheap.
Finally, you need some structures of accountability to support you. Let’s take the sugar example for a second. If you have a partner or friend who knows your resolution, they can be that angel on your shoulder, encouraging you towards something healthier at the bakery (or they might just redirect your walk past a salad bar instead).
Alternatively, you might look for some kind of product that might help you to achieve your goals. The benefits of this are twofold.
- The product itself has been specifically designed to help you achieve your health goals. They work, and your chances of success are instantly higher.
- You have spent money on a solution, and you are less likely to toss it aside. It is an under-recognized fact that people will value something they purchased for $10 higher than if that same item had been given to them free of charge. So if you buy something from the pharmacy, you are much less likely to give up your quest.
Today, we will track through a few goals you might make for yourself as we get into 2023, and the pharmacy products that you might use to help keep you on the straight and narrow.
Goal: I want to lose weight
Good for you. There are myriad health benefits to getting into shape. You reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and various kinds of cancers. Unfortunately it is much easier said than done. Here are a few products which you might want to consider.
- Optislim Bars: Cutting snacks cold turkey is a sure fire way to fail. Humans aren’t designed to work in this way. THis is where OPtislim bars can be a great option. They are rich in protein and calcium (the things that make you feel satiated), and contain over 25 different vitamins and minerals so you are balancing your diet at the same time. You can choose from choc fudge, caramel crunch, or choc berry, so your mind thinks it is getting a little treat, but actually, you’re filling up with the good stuff.
- Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey. Each serve contains 24 grams of whey protein, so that you stay feeling full for longer in your day. Less snacking, less temptation. Happily, it contains less than 500 kilojoules per serving, even though it comes in a variety of delicious flavours (18 options, including Rocky Road, Coffee, and Cookies and Cream).
Goal: I want to get sick less often
Another worthwhile goal. The average Australian will spend between 2,000 to 2,500 days of their lives with the common cold. If you live to 84, that is anywhere from five to seven years of your life. There has got to be better ways to spend what little time we have, than under a blanket surrounded by tissues. To that end, you might want to consider:
- Vitamin D Supplement: This takes your white blood cells (your monocytes and macrophages) and enhances their pathogen fighting effects. This means that you heal quicker and feel the symptoms less acutely. Studies have shown that if you increase your intake of Vitamin D when you feel well, it can ward off infections that you might have otherwise succumbed to.
- Zinc Supplement: This is one of the best ways to improve your immune system that can be bought from a pharmacy. It plays an important role in cell development, and it enhances your body’s capacity to keep foreign pathogens from even getting in the door. Around 16% of all respiratory infections are found to be caused by a deficiency in zinc. Sadly, many people are deficient. Current estimates put the figure as high as 30% worldwide.
Goal: I want to look my best.
It isn’t vanity to want to present yourself in the best possible light. There are several things you can do to make sure that you are putting your best foot forward. Consider looking after your hair, skin and nails. After all, this is all anyone will ever see of you unless they are performing major internal surgery on you. Here are some options you can pick up at this pharmacy.
- Swisse Hair Skin and Nails: This contains zinc, iron, vitamin C, milk thistle, silica and biotin; all of which contributes to that warm even glow in your skin, healthy lustrous hair and nails free of cracks or dull sections.
- Moisturiser: You can delay the effects of ageing fairly effectively by keeping the moisture levels in your skin high. When your skin dries out, it is susceptible to wrinkles or stretching. It won’t take you long to moisturise each day, and if you work it into your morning routine, it is a great way to get an easy win with regard to new year’s resolutions.
This year, make resolutions that stick. With the help of a few products, you can be your best self in 2023.