Traditional New Year’s Resolutions can seem fun to make with a never ending list of possibilities, but in reality, they are often extremely difficult to maintain throughout the year. At the end of January we often find ourselves having already given up or struggling to keep up with the expectations of our resolutions. However, even though 2017 is flying by and January is almost at an end, it is never too late to make 2017 a healthier year.
To assist, we’ve put together five worthy ways to help you on your way to a healthier new you. If it’s easier, pick one and try it on for size. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel today and hopefully every day. Good health!
There are many benefits of participating in physical activity. Even people living with severe health problems can still get involved. Some of the known health benefits include a healthy heart, stronger muscles, improved movement, more energy, improved sleep, better balance and coordination and a greater ability to do everyday activities. Start by enjoying a short walk with friends or getting out into the garden. Keep it simple and build from there.
Moderation and eat well
Weight loss isn’t the only reason to change eating habits. Sometimes eating healthier simply makes us feel happier and better. Be mindful at meal times and tune in to what you’re eating (instead of being distracted by your phone/TV) to help you stop eating when you’re feeling full. Also there is a link between how we feel and how we eat. Figure out what kind of eater you are and whether you look to food for comfort in times of anger, boredom, stress or sadness. Swap that bag of chips for some luscious summer berries- yum!
Manage your mental and emotional health
Everyone experiences ups and downs and our responses to these challenging times are rarely the same.
When we are experiencing difficult emotions, it’s good to know what things work to help you get through more difficult times. Some people may be living with mental health concerns and can benefit from accessing support to assist with their own health needs. Link HC offers a range of mental health and wellbeing programs from counselling services, psychology services, family support services, family violence, addiction recovery, mindfulness programs, gambling programs and Tai Chi to support and improve mental health and wellbeing. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
Prevent new & manage existing health problems
It is important that everyone gets regular health checks. They are useful to identify any early signs of possible health issues and to manage any problems before they become bigger issues. Many factors, such as a person’s age, health, family history and lifestyle choices, impact how often you require health checks.
Take medications / supplements as prescribed
For some people, taking medication or using supplements can be an important part of managing their health and wellbeing. Particularly in the case of long term health conditions, the medications may not cure the condition, but will help manage the impact of the condition.
It’s really important that you inform your health and medical care providers about what you are taking, tell your doctors if you are worried about the effects medications are having or want to make any changes.
Link HC provides a wide range of physical activity groups, dietitians and General Practitioners who can provide free health checks. We also have mental health and wellbeing programs. For more information, please call 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au