Achievable New Year’s Resolutions
Have you ever had a New Year’s Resolution? Better question, how long did you stick to your resolution? 66% of people that make resolutions quit before or at the one-month mark. Do you think it is because the goals that you set were not obtainable? Below are some resolutions that are easy and help your health! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these six tips for a healthier you. With the world being a little different right now, I have also added free online resources/mobile apps that you can use to ensure social distancing while improving your health.
- Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. Talking to your doctor about vaccines can help prevent diseases later in life such as shingles. Take all COVID-19 precautions when making and going to appointments.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Handwashing involves five simple and effective steps – wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Learn more about when and how to wash your hands. If 2020 taught us anything, it is hand washing!
- Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Check out Med instead of Meds; Chose MyPlate; Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less.
- Get active! Start small – try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further from your destination. Adults should get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity. There are also lots and lots of free apps to help you get moving! Check out Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less; and Move More, Walk Now.
- Be smoke free. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live. Check out QuitlineNC for resources.
- Get enough sleep and practice mindfulness. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adults need seven or more hours per night. Stress and anxiety can contribute to chronic diseases and lack of sleep as well. It is important to keep your mind healthy too. Check out Headspace; Calm; Mindful; Stop, Breathe & Think; Day One.
Other tips that I would recommend would be to read a book, use kind words, say thank you instead of sorry, plant a garden, volunteer your time, and be an active citizen in your community. Health and well-being are for your mind, body, and spirit so you can be healthy and happy. Do the most to achieve optimal heath. I hope these tips can become part of your 2021 resolutions!