The beginning of a new year brings with it a period of reflection. For many of us, this means taking a closer look at the habits that define our daily lives—both “good” and “bad”—and resolving to embrace change over the course of the coming year. New year’s resolutions can vary in type and scope, but many tend to revolve around living a healthier lifestyle.
So, what can you do this year to improve your overall health and ensure a happier and more productive you? Here are five simple solutions that can help you feel your best throughout 2019.
1. Drink More Water
When it comes to promoting overall health and wellness, increasing your daily water intake is an effective and simple improvement you can make. Dehydration can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including headache, dry or flushed skin and fatigue. While the commonly referenced “eight glasses a day” rule may not be true for everyone, it’s a good general guideline to stick to for those who are looking to drink more water on a daily basis. As far as what kind of water you should be drinking? Regular tap is just fine, so long as it comes from a clean drinking source.
2. Eat a Healthier Diet
The holidays have their way of derailing even the most carefully planned diet routines. Rather than get down on yourself, however, the trick is to use the beginning of the new year as a catalyst for rebooting your eating habits. Depending on your lifestyle, this could mean going out to eat less and cooking at home more often, swearing-off the trappings of fast food or simply paying closer attention to what you’re shopping for each week. The key is being mindful about the fuel you give your body and voting for your health with every food choice you make.
3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Many people enjoy the occasional glass of beer, wine or spirits without detriment to their health. Partake in consuming alcohol on a frequent or regular basis, however, and the cons begin to far outweigh the pros. Cutting your consumption of alcoholic beverages can help you lose weight, save money, feel your best each morning and reduce the chances of doing damage to your internal organs—it truly is one of the quickest paths toward a healthier lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic defines moderate alcohol use (which may even provide certain health benefits) in healthy individuals as “up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, or up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.”
4. Get a Check-up
It’s common for people who typically feel healthy to ignore the importance of regular check-ups at the doctor. That said, preventative care is the best way to ensure a long and happy life. Illnesses or injuries that go ignored can often lead to complications down the road—sometimes, serious ones. By taking steps to ensure you’re staying on top of your overall state of health and wellness, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not ignoring any potential issues that may exist.
5. Focus on Getting Enough Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults require seven-to-nine hours of sleep each night in order to wake up feeling their best. While falling short one night or two out of the week is common, many Americans do not ever get the amount of sleep they need and thus walk around each day sleep-deprived. Changing up your sleeping habits can be a challenge, but the benefits of doing so are more than worth the work—reduced risk for heart disease, improved mood, more energy and even a reduced risk for developing diabetes. Exercising daily can help you settle into a consistent and healthy sleep schedule, as can reducing “screen time” at night and avoiding caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages.
Good luck sticking to your new year’s resolutions throughout 2019! And remember: if you find yourself not feeling well, visit any ConvenientMD location in Massachusetts, Maine or New Hampshire 7 days/week from 8am-8pm. Just walk in—you don’t ever need to make an appointment!