Now that the new year is well underway, how are you going with your goals and resolutions? If you haven’t already made any, it’s not too late to kick-start 2018.
Here are some ideas to give your year the healthy boost it may need:
1. Cut down on stress
Untreated stress can lead to serious illness. Whether you tackle stress through exercise, meditation, leaving work on time, getting more organised or any other method, everyone can benefit from cutting stress from their lives.
2. Get more sleep
Lack of sleep can lead to serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Watch less TV and Netflix and try going to bed on time in 2018.
3. Eat well
No, you don’t need to go vegan or quit sugar (unless you really want to) but eating more vegies and home-cooked meals is simple. Like anything, it comes down to planning and changing your habits. If cooking isn’t your thing, make use of meal subscription services like Marley Spoon or Hello Fresh, or sign up for grocery delivery to make sure you always have fresh, healthy food on hand.
4. Get more exercise
Even little bursts of activity — such as a daily 15-minute power walk — can have big health and mood benefits. Try walking to work or take a couple of laps around the block in your lunch break, or try a fun new activity like indoor rock climbing that will help you get active without seeming like a chore.
5. Read more
Reading has been found to reduce stress and boost memory, focus and concentration, so make a list of books you want to read and stick to it. Consider joining a book club if you think you’ll need more of an incentive to hit your reading target.
You don’t have to travel far to have a good time. Pick a location in Victoria you’ve never been to before, program the GPS and head off for a weekend adventure. If you have the time and money to jet off overseas, make sure you speak to us about travel vaccinations before you go.
7. Log off
Studies show excessive screen time can disrupt sleep and contribute to anxiety and stress, so make yourself a nightly digital curfew and stick to it.
8. Eat breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day. So do your mind and metabolism a favour and make time for a healthy breakfast each morning.
9. See your doctor
Your relationship with your doctor is one of the most beneficial you will have over your lifetime. Regular health checks with your doctor can give you peace of mind, confirm you are on the road to good health or identify any potential health concerns early.
Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.