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New Year, New You: Health & Wellness Tips for 2015
The New Year offers opportunity to examine previous choices and set new intentions. Begin this New Year with a healthy lifestyle focused on wellness and wellbeing! There are many benefits in maintaining health, yet at times it’s taken for granted until someone becomes ill, develops disease, or experiences extreme stress or “burnout”. According the Mayo Clinic physical exams and health screenings are essential in preventive care. The Mayo Clinic goes on to share, “The choices you make every day go a long way toward promoting adult health.”
10 Healthy Tips for 2015:
1. Get at least 7-8 hrs. of sleep each night.
2. Maintain a healthy and balanced diet according to your dietary requirements.
3. Schedule routine and annual health examinations as advised by your physician.
4. Consult with your health practitioner on ways to improve or maintain optimal health and wellness.
5. Practice Gratitude. Be grateful for what you accomplished in the past year, and for the support received from others. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for or privileged to have. Seeing the good and making note of it helps in keeping positive during challenging times.
6. Limit alcohol consumption, and practice smoking cessation.
7. Increase physical activity as directed by your physician.
8. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, tai chi, and others to decrease tension and stress.
9. Establish short-term and long-term goals that promote health. An example of a short-term goal is: Within two weeks I will gather information on various exercise programs tailored for my health needs, and commit to starting an exercise regimen. An example of a long-term goal: With healthy food choices and regular yoga class attendance, I aspire to be more flexible and healthier by the end of this year.
10. Laugh a little. Laughter lightens mood by altering the focus from negative thinking to joyful thoughts. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM.edu), a study revealed that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh than others within the same age group. Laughter is more than a reaction to a humorous encounter, offering mental and physical health benefits.
It can be challenging to take time from our day to sit and map out goals for the New Year. Establishing short-term and long-term goals is a resourceful blueprint when carrying out health intentions. Invest in yourself and loved ones with lifestyle choices that enhance wellness and wellbeing.
* All information shared in this article should be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating any suggestions. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide advice or direct client decisions.
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