4 Tips to Become the Best Version of You This Year

4 Ways to Make the Season Merry and Bright

Jingle bells, jingle bells – wait a minute. Hold your reindeer, there. If you are not feeling quite in the holiday swing of things yet, just do it. Let out one giant “Humbug!” and get it out of the way…

Ah, now, that feels better! It is the time of year to look back, take stock and rewrite your negative stories. Set goals for the new year that center around gratitude, strength, and mindfulness.

Try these four expert techniques to get in touch with your healthier, calmer self, the best version of you this year. We can help you slow down your busy brain, create healthier relationships, and ultimately bring your life back under control, all of which increase the likelihood for glad tidings of comfort and joy.

1   Boost Your Immunity Naturally

No one feels happy and bright when they are sniffling over the Christmas cookies! While no single food will magically fend off the flu, some nutrients can help protect your body from billions of germs and bacteria. Here are specific nutrients and foods that researchers may suggest to enhance your immune system:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed oil, nuts, salmon, tuna, mackerel
  • Zinc-rich foods found in chick peas and some legumes, oysters, crab, lean meats and poultry
  • Selenium-rich foods found in barley, broccoli, sardines, tuna, brazil nuts
  • Vitamin E-rich foods found in seeds, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts 

2   Slate Time to Tune Up

Getting 30 minutes of daily physical activity can strengthen many defenses of the immune system, kick-start your stamina and keep anxious thoughts at bay. Since consistent exercise is a natural anti-depressant, it can help deflect some of those daily and seasonal anxieties. “Exercise gets antibodies and white blood cells moving through the body faster, so they may detect illnesses sooner,” says Daniel Amen, M.D. “Additionally, an increase in blood circulation [from exercise] may also trigger the release of hormones that ‘warn immune cells of intruding pathogens,’” which may help sidestep sickness while enhancing your mood.

3     Take Your Vitamin D, for Goodness Sake

Vitamin D plays a number of pivotal roles in promoting weight loss, good moods and immunity. Unfortunately, nearly one-third of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient, says Dr. Amen. Very few foods contain much vitamin D, so your best bet is to take a supplement containing Vitamin D. NeuroVite Plus combines more than 50 nutrients, including vitamin D and plant extracts in their most active forms, to provide whole body-mind nutrition.

4   Train Your Brain to Bring Joy to the World

Every time you have an unkind thought or a stress-out thought, your brain releases negative chemicals that make your body feel bad, says Dr. Amen. Every time you have a happy thought, or a kind thought, your brain releases chemicals that make your body feel good. Whenever you’re happy, imagine that your brain is releasing bubbles with smiling faces, he suggests. And pass them on to the next person who may be mumbling “Humbug” right about now.

Being vital and feeling hearty around the holidays improves your mood and boosts your stamina. (Go chop that firewood already.) To celebrate additional glad tidings, try more of these “good mood” nutrients.